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11/21/17 - Apply to Snowmobile at Observatory Park
11/17/17 - 2017 Scheduled Building Closures
11/15/17 - Holiday Giving Trees
11/6/17 - New Family Fun Giveaway: Kayaks, Paddles & Life Vests!
9/29/17 - Bird in the Hand Returns to The West Woods
6/12/17 - Park Closure: The Maple Highlands Trail-South
6/12/17 - Caveman Crawl: It Happened!
3/20/17 - 2017 Park Poster Contest
8/22/16 - K-9 Fund for Rotar & Sniper
6/9/16 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks





Update: November 21, 2017

Apply to Snowmobile at Observatory Park

As part of its mission to provide outdoor recreational experiences to residents of every age, every ability and at all times of the year, Geauga Park District is excited to again accept applications for snowmobiling permits this winter.

Snowmobiling will be allowed only in Observatory Park, open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Montville Township, by permit only and only on trails marked with snowmobiling signage. Click here for a 2017-2018 snowmobiling permit application.

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Update: November 17, 2017

2017 Scheduled Building Closures

Geauga Park District staff appreciate your understanding of the following scheduled building closures for 2017. On the following days, The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park's Meyer Center will be closed, and facility reservations will not be taken. However, parks will remain open and shelters and lodges will be available without reservation on a first come, first served basis.

Upcoming Closures:
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24)
Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24)
Day before Christmas (Sunday, December 24)
Christmas (Monday, December 25)
New Year's Eve (Sunday, December 31)
New Year's Day (Monday, January 1, 2018)

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Update: November 15, 2017

Holiday Giving Trees

Tucked within The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center, Holiday Giving Trees will collect toys and items for teens this holiday season for the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services’ Sponsor a Family program.

Donations will be accepted through Monday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to help kids in need. Requested items include, but are not limited to, toys for all ages (super hero-themed toys, cars, trucks, baby dolls, plush toys, coloring books, craft items like crayons or colored pencils, games or puzzles) and gift items for teens (make-up and nail polish kits, sport items like balls and mitts or flannel pajama sets for girls and boys).

It’s never too early to start holiday shopping. Why not add a few items to your list to help some families less fortunate? Enjoy the parks and spread joy this holiday season by delivering some smile-inducing gifts when you visit.

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Update: November 6, 2017

New Family Fun Giveaway:
Kayaks, Paddles & Life Vests!

What would it be like to win up to FOUR FREE KAYAKS, PADDLES AND LIFE VESTS, with the freedom to explore so many awesome Geauga County waters? Geauga Park District’s new Family Fun Giveaway offers a chance to find out!

When you sign up for personalized email updates from the parks at bit.ly/gpdgiveaway2018 now through June 4, 2018, you’ll also be entered to win these prizes, with the paddles and life vests courtesy of co-presenter Great Lakes Outdoor Supply.

“Coming in 2018, our new email lists will allow us to send you updates according to your family’s specific interests, whether you enjoy special events or Nature hikes, have kids in your home, or want to hear more about opportunities for seniors,” said Executive Director John Oros. “Plus, one of you will be the lucky family to win four new kayaks. Best of luck to you and your family!”

Already signed up for our emails? Don’t worry – you can still sign up for the new giveaway using the same form and not receive duplicate emails.

Read official rules for this Family Fun Giveaway here. Paper sign-up forms and official rules will also be available at The West Woods Nature Center, Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center, and Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield. Just ask about it at the front desk or cash register.

Co-presenter Great Lakes Outdoor Supply is dedicated to providing products and services for outdoorsmen, hunters and anyone with a taste for the enjoyment of the outdoors, with locations in Middlefield, Chesterland and Bainbridge.

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Update: September 29, 2017

Bird in the Hand Returns to The West Woods

We know it can be hard to get out as the weather gets cooler, but we've got you covered when it comes to motivation. There's no shortage of great activities to enjoy in your Geauga Park District! One great idea:

Bird in the Hand Feeding Station
Head to The West Woods this fall and follow these steps for the magical experience of having wildlife trust you enough to eat from your hand. In optimal conditions, volunteers have reported as many as 60 chickadees in 20 minutes!

1) Time up your visit for daylight hours and dress warmly - extra layers, hat and gloves - since you will be standing still. If it's between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., stop into the nature center to collect some black oil sunflower seed; otherwise, use a little from the feeder already placed on site. Hand-feeding works best with just one or two people or a small group, like three or four.
2) Follow the Trout Lily Trail, then hang a right at the fork after the boardwalk across the wetlands, following the sign. Soon you'll come upon the feeding station marked by a feeder and a mannequin, "Parker," who keeps the birds familiar with a human presence. (Parker is pretty realistic; then again, birds are fairly easy to fool.)
3) Take down the feeder, hide it under the bucket that's there, extend your hand with some seed in your palm, then wait. Odds are good you'll have a taker if you're patient, enjoying the peace and quiet a handful of minutes or so. Then...enjoy!

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Update: June 12, 2017

Park Closure: The Maple Highlands Trail-South

The south portion of The Maple Highlands Trail, from Headwaters Park to Swine Creek Reservation, will be closed for construction (paving) beginning the week of June 19 until completion. As the summer progressing, you may check in on the progress of this project here. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

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Update: June 12, 2017

Caveman Crawl: It Happened!

Thanks to the 312 5K runners/walkers and 18 fun-walkers who helped raise $12,950 for Geauga Park District's Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, which funds summer camps and lots of other great youth programming! WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Here are your official 2017 Race Results and your official 2017 Crawl Photo Album. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Update: March 23, 2017

2017 Park Poster Contest

Tell the world you’re Adventure Ready with Geauga Park District by entering our 2017 Park Poster Contest!

Weekly winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to our Tree Tops Nature Store, located in The West Woods Nature Center. What does that get you? Easily a free Nature T-shirt, guide or book, some cool camping gear, a couple science discovery toys or plush animals, a quart of real maple syrup...and the list goes on, just for the cost of taking a picture!

How to Enter: Just snap a picture of yourself with our poster, then share it via email at marketing@geaugaparkdistrict.org or on our social media using #geaugaparkdistrict. Free posters are available for pickup at these participating locations:
Big Creek Park's Meyer Center
Burton Public Library
Destination Geauga
Geauga Public Library branches
The West Wood Nature Center
They can also be located hanging within many of our parks and around town – snap a quick photo with one and enter while you’re out and about.

We’ll draw one winner a week through 2017 and share winning photos on our social media to show them some love. One win per person. Now have fun and good luck!

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Update: August 22, 2016

K-9 Fund for Sniper & Rotar

Geauga Park District is excited to announce a new opportunity to improve our community, and the Board of Park Commissioners has allowed us to request your help in maintaining our new K-9 unit.

With the addition of two trained K-9s to our Ranger Department, Sniper and
Rotar, we can continue to make Geauga parks and the surrounding area a
safer place to live and enjoy the outdoors. Our K-9s will be able to locate drugs/narcotics in vehicles, track lost persons and attend informational programs that help build community relations.

It is with the above in mind that we ask for your support to enable us to maintain this great community asset. We are seeking partners to help underwrite necessary items for both dogs including equipment (leash, collars, bowls, toys, treats), food, veterinary care, vehicle inserts designed for transport of police working dogs, and educational training and seminars.

If you are able to support our program in any way, donations may be made by check or cash; make checks out to Geauga Park District K-9 Fund to ensure your donation is placed in the proper account. Donations are tax deductible, so please also provide your name, address and phone number so we can ensure
you receive a proper receipt for your contribution.

If you have any questions at all, about donations or the development of our K-9 unit, please contact the Ranger Department at (440) 279-0824. We are also accessible at Ranger Weisbarth dweisbarth@geaugaparkdistrict.org or Ranger Hunziker echunziker@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Thank you in advance for your partnership. We cannot do this without your support!

- Ranger Denise Weisbarth and Ranger Ed Hunziker


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Update: June 9, 2016

Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks

Did you know about these amenities recently added to your parks? Come out and play!

Beartown Lakes Reservation — horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

Big Creek Park — activity field backstop, sand volleyball, tetherball

Chickagami Park — activity field backstop, soccer goal, horseshoe pits, tetherball

Frohring Meadows — tetherball

Orchard Hills Park — orchard-themed playground

Swine Creek Reservation — activity field backstop, soccer goal, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, tetherball

Sunnybrook Preserve — bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, tetherball


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