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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

Sundays, March 5 & 12 Noon to 4 PM Swine Creek Reservation

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

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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Sundays, March 5 & 12
Noon to 4 PM

at Swine Creek Reservation

Get a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods!

Activities include helping gather sap in the sugarbush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled; experiencing tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history; seeing sap boiling in the sugar house and tasting what’s cooking; then warming up in the lodge with maple treats and live music by Mr. Haney String Band.

Fun for the whole family in the sugarbush — and entirely FREE! Join us!

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

at The West Woods

Invite your Facebook friends with this event link!

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

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 event sponsors: COMING SOON!

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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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