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4/24/17 - Application Available for Adult Turkey Hunting
4/19/17 - Get Updates & Win!
4/14/17 - 2017 Scheduled Building Closures
4/12/17 - Temporary Closures in the Parks
4/11/17 - Free Kayak Borrowing at Headwaters Park
3/30/17 - Spring Web Updates
3/20/17 - 2017 Park Poster Contest
3/7/17 - The Great Backyard Bird Count: It Happened!
3/2/17 - Call for Entries: Nature Writing Contest
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: April 24, 2017

Application Available for Adult Turkey Hunting

Click here for Geauga Park District's application for adult turkey hunting during turkey hunting season in May. Applications are due no later than May 12. Hunts will take place on Park District preserve properties that are not open to the public. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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Update: April 19, 2017

Get Updates & Win!

Stay tuned for news coming soon about a sweepstakes to win four FREE BICYCLES and other park prizes, plus get updates about all the FREE events and activities available in your Geauga Park District!

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Update: April 14, 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.

Holiday Building Closures:
Easter (Sunday, April 16)
Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4)
Labor Day (Monday, September 4)
Columbus Day (Monday, October 9)
Veterans' Day (Saturday, November 11)
Thanksgiving Day (Friday, November 24)
Christmas (Monday, December 25)

Other Scheduled Building Closures:
Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24)

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Update: April 12, 2017

Temporary Closures in the Parks

As Operations staff work on the bridge at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve the week of April 16, portions of the trail will be closed until the work is complete. A week will be all that's needed if all goes smoothly.

Additionally, if the weather cooperates the week of April 16, Operations staff will also be starting a project on the asphalt loop trail at Beartown Lakes Reservation, replacing a boardwalk. However, patrons there will still be able to go around us and continue the loop.

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Update: April 11, 2017

Free Kayak Borrowing at Headwaters Park

Float on the open water. Propel yourself forward by your own strength. The fresh air and the peace and power of Nature will ensure that your time on the water will be the best part of your day.

We're excited to announce that kayak borrowing will return to the new Headwaters Park Boathouse later this spring, allowing you to borrow a kayak free of charge to guide your own Nature adventure on East Branch Reservoir amidst wildlife including resident Bald Eagles!

Geauga Park District plans to resume the program on or about June 1 and have kayaks available for first come, first served, two-hour borrowing throughout the summer months on Wednesdays and Thursdays 2 to 8 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please note: Days and times are still subject to change depending on seasonal staff availability. Before you come out to borrow a kayak in early June, please visit this website again or call the Headwaters hotline, 440-279-0850, to confirm someone will be at the Boathouse to help you.

Want to work at the Boathouse this summer? Applications are being accepted now for this seasonal attendant. More information can be found at this link.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A driver’s license will be held as a security deposit. Provided life vests must be worn at all times.

Did you know...? The majority of the beautiful new Boathouse facility is also reservable for your special event free of charge for Geauga residents! Learn more at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Make a Reservation or by calling 440-286-9516.

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Update: March 30, 2017

Spring Web Updates

Spring has sprung! And here are some website updates to prove it:

Spring Geocache

Spring Voices of Nature Newsletter

Spring Printable Three-Month Calendar

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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: 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: 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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