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3/20/17 - 2017 Park Poster Contest
3/20/17 - Spring Web Updates
3/13/17 - Youth Turkey Hunting
3/7/17 - The Great Backyard Bird Count: It Happened!
3/2/17 - Call for Entries: Nature Writing Contest
1/17/17 - Frozen Fest: It Happened!
12/13/16 - Snowshoeing, Bird in the Hand, Skiing, Cleared Snow & More: Winter in the Parks!
12/2/16 - West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market
8/22/16 - K-9 Fund for Rotar & Sniper
6/9/16 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks






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: March 20, 2017

Spring Web Updates

Spring has sprung! Here are some of our website updates to prove it:

Spring Geocache

Spring Voices of Nature Newsletter

Spring Printable Three-Month Calendar - COMING SOON!

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Update: March 13, 2017

Youth Turkey Hunting

Click here for an youth turkey hunting application, due to apply by April 12. Hunt dates will be April 22 and 23.

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Update: March 7, 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count: It Happened!

Click here for the results of our feeder counts at The West Woods and Swine Creek Reservation during February's Great Backyard Bird Count. Reports Naturalist Linda Gilbert, "I thought we did pretty well at both locations, given that the weather was quite mild. Many thanks to all who participated!  The 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count was another success. Ohio was 7th on the top 10 list of participating states, and the United States was first on the top 10 list of participating countries. For a summary on the count statistics (number of participants, checklists, top 10 most frequently reported birds etc.), click here."

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Update: March 2, 2017

Call for Entries: Nature Writing Contest

Celebrate the inspiration of Nature in art, and vice versa, by putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and entering our 22nd annual writing contest! Categories are divided by age group and type of writing, poetry or prose. Prizes included cash and your name printed in our summer newsletter! Click here to download your 2017 entry form, and click here to get inspired by last year's winning entries.

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Update: January 17, 2017

Frozen Fest: It Happened!

The third annual Frozen Fest was another record-breaking success, attracting 3,008 people to The West Woods in just four hours! Festivities included singing characters (two winter princesses and one snowman), face painting, sled dogs, crown-making and other crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, live music, outdoor cooking and two-man sawing, an animal touch table and much more!

Click here for our Facebook photo album from the big day. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate this cool season with us!

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Update: December 13, 2016

Snowshoeing, Bird in the Hand, Skiing, Cleared Snow & More: Winter in the Parks!

We know it can be hard to get out during a Northeast Ohio winter, 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. But a few ideas:

Free Snowshoe Borrowing
Back this year: our popular free snowshoe borrowing program at The West Woods! And did we mention it's FREE?
At least a few inches of snow on the ground is needed, and the deeper the snow, the better.
Registration is preferred at 440-286-9516. Any snowshoes not reserved are available on first-come, first-served basis. Borrowers must be 18+ to check out a pair; anyone younger must be accompanied by an adult, and no one under 40 pounds may use the snowshoes due to their weight.
Snowshoes may not leave The West Woods except for registered programs. Registrants must sign a waiver form and leave a driver's license as a security deposit. Borrowing can take place any time 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and last up to two hours.
For guided snowshoe experiences this winter, visit http://bit.ly/gpdsscall2016 to get your name on our call list for special snowshoe programs that will be "called into action" anytime now through March 1 whenever the snow conditions are right for snowshoeing.

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

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.

Sledding hills can be found at Orchard Hills Park and Beartown Lakes Reservation. For after-dark sledding at Orchard Hills, find the pole with the "Lights" sign and switch, and please turn the lights off upon the last person's departure.

Cross Country Skiing
Trails are once again being groomed at Orchard Hills Park and along The Maple Highlands Trail between Mountain Run Station in Chardon and Claridon Troy Road. Visit our Facebook wall or Twitter feed for grooming updates.

Cleared Trails for Walking
Park operations crews regularly clear snow from paved trails in six parks: Orchard Hills Park, Sunnybrook Preserve and Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park in Chesterland; Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Chardon; Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge; and along The Maple Highlands Trail-North from Fifth Avenue in Chardon to the Lake County line.

Ice Fishing
Have the equipment? You can fish in the wintertime in the same places you can fish during warm weather! Please note: a boating permit is still required to fish at Bass Lake Preserve.

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Update: December 2, 2016

West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market

We're excited to be trying something new next summer at The West Woods, a farmer's market! As we prepare, here are some important documents for vendors:

Vendor Application
Policies & Procedures

Here's hoping you can join us the last Wednesday of the month June through September, 2017 - that's June 28, July 26, August 30 and/or September 27, in case you're already marking your calendars!

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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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