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2/10/17 - Spring Web Updates
1/17/17 - Frozen Fest: It Happened!
12/13/16 - Snowshoeing, Skiing, Cleared Snow, Etc.: Winter Activities in the Parks!
12/2/16 - West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market
10/13/16 - Bird in the Hand Feeding Station
9/12/16 - The Wall That Heals: It Happened!
9/12/16 - Chances to Win (Park Poster Contest & Youth Fishing Derby)
8/22/16 - K-9 Fund for Rotar & Sniper
6/9/16 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks

 

 

 

 

 




Update: February 10, 2017

Spring Web Updates

Spring web updates are underway! The first one:

Spring Geocache

As we continue to update, here are current issues of:

Winter Voices of Nature Newsletter

Winter Printable Three-Month Calendar


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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!

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate this special season with us. Our photo album will be posted soon...

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Update: December 13, 2016

Snowshoeing, Skiing, Cleared Snow, Etc.: Winter Activities 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
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: October 13, 2016

Bird in the Hand Feeding Station

We know it can be hard to get outdoors during the weather turns cold in Northeast Ohio, but we've got you covered when it comes to motivation!

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 last year 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.

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Update: September 12, 2016

The Wall That Heals: It Happened!

The Wall That Heals was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States - and it came to Geauga County Fairgrounds this September 8-11. What a tremendous effort by so many to bring this powerful exhibit to 8,700 visitors in Geauga County. Thanks to the Geauga County Veterans' Services Commission and Geauga County Fairgrounds for their partnership, more than 60 volunteers who made the weekend possible, everyone who spread the word, and for everything else, the very accomplished Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Photo Albums: WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday & Sunday

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Update: September 12, 2016

Chances to Win (Park Poster Contest & Youth Fishing Derby)

Who doesn't love a good challenge? Enter either (or both) of these in 2017 for your chance to win!

Park Poster Contest

Want to win a $20 gift certificate to The West Woods Nature Center's Tree Tops Nature Store? (That's a quart of syrup, a nature guide, a T-shirt, a few plush animals, science discovery toys, camping gear and much more...for just the cost of taking a picture!) Here's how to enter our Park Poster Contest.

1) Take your picture with a poster already on the wall at a local business/park, or pick up your free copy of the poster at the desk of one of these participating locations:
Big Creek Park's Meyer Center
Burton Public Library
Destination Geauga
Geauga Public Library branches
The West Wood Nature Center
Get creative with your photo (pose, props), or just stand next to the poster on the wall and show us how much you love the parks with a smile.

2) Share your picture via email at marketing@geaugaparkdistrict.org, on our Facebook wall or on Twitter or Instagram using #geaugaparkdistrict. We'll draw one winner a week through 2016 – one win per person. Oh, and if you see your photo show up in our newsletter or social media, don't be surprised!

Youth Fishing Derby

Geauga Park District welcomes kids 17 and younger to try your pole at catching 50 numbered fish! Tagged Largemouth Bass were divided evenly between Big Creek Park’s Wild Goose Pond and Swine Creek Reservation’s lodge pond the morning of Tuesday, June 7.

To collect your winnings, simply snap a picture of your numbered tag, and a picture of yourself with your fish, then email them to marketing@geaugaparkdistrict.org. Winners will receive a prize, and five big winners will also receive $50 gift cards! Note: Each tagged fish can only be a winner once, and only one prize will be given per angler; fish already claimed as winners are #29 and #44.

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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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