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Eyes to the Sky: The Art of Astronomy
(Community Art Exhibition)
February 12 - April 24 • Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM • The West Woods

Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run
Sunday, June 11 • The West Woods

Nights Out in the Parks
(Live Music & Movie Nights Outdoors)

West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market
Last Wednesday of the month June through September • The West Woods

Nature Arts Festival
Sunday, August 6 • 10 AM to 5 PM • Big Creek Park

Free Exhibit: Home Sweet Habitat
Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM • The West Woods











Community Art Exhibition
Open February 12 - April 24, 2017
aily 10 AM to 4:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

Artist Resources

Geauga Park District invites participation in a two-month community art exhibition of astronomy-themed/inspired artwork — realistic interpretations and science fiction! Categories are drawing/painting, photography, other media and children (age 15 and under).

Why a space theme? Through this show, we hope to raise awareness of Observatory Park and the ongoing restoration of the Nassau Astronomical Observing Station in Montville Township; foster appreciation for the awe, beauty and mystery of the dark night sky; and showcase the creative talents of regional artisans.

Artwork for the show may be dropped off February 1 and 2. For details about entering YOUR work in the big show, please click the application link above.

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Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run
Sunday, June 11 • Registration 7 AM, Race 9 AM

at The West Woods

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Ask anyone who's done this race in the past - it's a tough one, but MAN is a fun! Mark your calendars to join us again this for a great cause (getting kids outdoors). And if you're not big on running or walking the 5K, sign up anyhow for the new 1-Mile Fun Walk for the whole family!

Ways to Register:
Online RegistrationPaper ApplicationCourse Map

Cool News!
Don't have that perfect cave-costume for the contest?
Perfect Occasion Costumes and Magic in Middlefield is offering 15% off retail merchandise and 20% off rentals for Caveman Crawl costumes. Stop in soon to see what they might have for you!

Blasts from the Past:
Thank you to the 336 runners and 10 Fun Walk-ers who made the 6th annual Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run a success, raising $15,380 for the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure!
Photos from 2016
Photos from 2015Photos from 2014Photos from 2013
Video Memory Book from 2013Video Montage from 2013
Photos from 2012Photos from 2011

Special thanks to our 2017 Caveman Crawl sponsors!

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Nights Out in the Parks

(Live Music & Movie Nights Outdoors)


Who's craving fresh air? Bring a date or the family, a lawn chair or blanket, and take the night OUT!
Nights Out in the Parks return to Geauga Park District on special Saturdays in June, July and August especially for enjoying the arts in Nature!

Live Music at Big Creek Park's Outdoor Frances Hall Amphitheater

Refreshments served. Held indoors if inclement weather.

Lee Murdock Duo: Songs & Tales About the Great Lakes - Saturday, June 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Acknowledged as “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes,” Lee Murdock’s work is an anthem to the people who live, work, and play along the freshwater highways of North America.

Jim Felix: “Sounds of Elvis” - Saturday, July 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy some of “The King’s” best selections performed by Jim Felix, an Elvis tribute artist who strives to keep Elvis’ music and memory alive for future generations to enjoy. A fun-filled show with lots of audience participation!

The Legacy Band - Saturday, July 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy music for your listening and dancing pleasure performed by The Legacy Band - oldies,60's,70's and 80's, Motown, Country.

Mo’ Mojo in Concert - Saturday, August 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy this hard driving, high energy, Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” Band. Featuring three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums.

Movie Nights at Observatory Park

Activities start at 8 p.m.; movies at dusk. Free popcorn and lemonade. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. The Hunger Squad food truck and Geauga Public Library's Fun Bus will also be on site. Night sky viewing to be hosted afterwards if weather conditions are right.

Star Trek Beyond - Saturday, June 24

Title TBD - Saturday, July 22

Title TBD - Saturday, August 19

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West Woods Wednesdays

Last Wednesday of the month, June - September
4 to 7 PM
at The West Woods' Picnic Shelters

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Introducing Geauga Park District’s new West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market, your one-stop shop for all your mid-week, farm-fresh needs, taking place beneath the scenic shelters of The West Woods.

Approved vendors are already excited to provide honey items, herbal salves and teas, vegetables, maple syrup, bakery, hand-sewn market bags, gourmet bacon, handmade soaps, jams, self-watering plants and planters from recycling containers, and new vendors are still signing up to participate.

No need to adjust your dinner schedule around these once-a-month markets, either. Treat yourself to an item from the Hunger Squad food truck, which will be on-site with a large variety of tasty meals, including their very popular maple pulled pork sandwiches.

From after-work hiking to shopping local to a trendy food truck dinner, there will truly be something for everyone at these monthly farm markets. We hope you will join us!

Geauga Park District is still accepting applications from interested vendors, particularly those with fresh produce, flowers, breads/baked items and other similar products. Click here for your vendor application.

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26th Annual Nature Arts Festival

Sunday, August 6 • 10 AM to 5 AM • Big Creek Park

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In its 25th year, the Nature Arts Festival "came home" to Big Creek Park last year after 13 years at The West Woods, and brought record-breaking attendance along with it!

Bookmark this page and revisit this summer for a schedule of entertainment and make-n-take art projects, list of food vendors and more to plan your beautiful summer outing to the park.

Vendor Resources
Exhibitor ApplicationPark Map Facebook Event
Overnight AccommodationsMarketing Ideas

Special thanks to this year's repeat event sponsors!

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Open daily 10 AM - 4:30 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

Educate yourself throughout 2016 with this enjoyable, FREE Nature exhibit! Home Sweet Habitat: A Place for Wildlife to Survive and Thrive will show you all about Geauga County’s natural homes – divided between forests, meadows and wetlands – and introduce you to their residents both common and unique.

Expect many animal mounts, interactive elements (like a crawl-through log, an otter slide, and a crawl-in beaver lodge build with real beaver sticks!), a couple robotic animals, and hands-on displays, games and activities for the whole family.

The West Woods Nature Center is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87) in Russell Township. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.


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