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10/11/17 - Shortening Hours for Free Kayak Borrowing at Headwaters Park
10/10/17 - Requests for Proposals: Activity Guide & Special Mailings
9/29/17 - Bird in the Hand Returns to The West Woods
9/19/17 - Controlled Trapping for Beaver & Muskrat
8/21/17 - Family Fun Giveaway Winners
8/20/17 - Night Sky Viewing at Nassau Astronomical Station
7/4/17 - Summer Web Updates
6/12/17 - Park Closure: The Maple Highlands Trail-South
6/12/17 - Caveman Crawl: It Happened!
4/14/17 - 2017 Scheduled Building Closures
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: October 11, 2017

Shortening Hours for 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.

Geauga Park District's fleet of two youth kayaks, two adult tandem kayaks, 10 adult single kayaks and two canoes remains available for first come, first served, two-hour borrowing through Sunday, October 29. 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.

With fall's arrival, please note that free self-guided kayak borrowing hours at the Headwaters Park Boathouse are shortened to coincide with less daylight and seasonal staff availability. Kayak borrowing remains available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Again, the final day for kayak borrowing in 2017 is Sunday, October 29. Also note that days and times are subject to change depending on seasonal staff availability; please call the Headwaters hotline, 440-279-0850, before you come out to confirm someone will be at the Boathouse to help you.

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: October 10, 2017

Requests for Proposals: Activity Guide & Special Mailings

Geauga Park District invites printing and mailing companies to submit proposals to work on its activity guides and special mailers in 2018. Sealed proposals will be accepted until 10 AM on Wednesday, November 1, at Big Creek Park's Donald W. Meyer Center in Chardon Township. Click here for the printing RFP and click here for the mailing RFP. With questions, please email sward@geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-279-0803.

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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: September 19, 2017

Controlled Trapping for Beaver & Muskrat

Click here for information our 2017-18 Controlled Trapping Program for Beaver & Muskrat and, if you are 18 or older with a valid ODOW hunting license and fur taker permit, an application to participate. Applications are due no later than October 27.

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Update: August 21, 2017

Family Fun Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our first-ever
Family Fun Giveaway, co-presented by Mountain Road Cycles!

Each of the giveaway's two runners-up will receive a quart of 2017 syrup produced at Swine Creek Reservation, an insulated GPD lunch tote, a GPD Nature journal, a Pocket Naturalist Geauga County's Plants & Animals guide, and a Pocket Naturalist The Night Sky guide. This year's runners-up are Kiersten Alexander of Chardon and Beth Elliott of Burton.

Our grand prize winner, John Yost of Bainbridge Township, has won up to four bicycles purchased from Mountain Road Cycles, plus up to four helmets provided by Mountain Road Cycles, with locations in Chardon and Chagrin Falls.

Anyone interested may still sign up for our newly revamped, personalized email communications here.
To all those who entered the giveaway and already signed up for the lists of your choice, special thanks for making this inaugural giveaway such a success!

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Update: August 21, 2017

Night Sky Viewing at Nassau Astronomical Station

Now that the newly restored Nassau Astronomical Station has had its grand opening at Observatory Park, a new era of public Astronomy Nights is on the horizon, with night sky viewing scheduled at the new facility on the following Saturdays 7 to 11 p.m.: August 26 and September 9, 16 and 23.

If the skies are clear, you'll enjoy spectacular views of outer space by putting your eye to the eyepiece of a huge 36" Cassegrain telescope once used for research by Case Western Reserve University. It's the largest public viewing telescope in the state of Ohio, and we're thrilled that it's right here in Geauga County! But even in unfavorable weather, you may still visit and enjoy a tour of the building, featuring Ohio space exhibits and restored living quarters, then enjoy a planetarium show back on Observatory Park's main campus.

Registration is not required - just come out!

Daytime open houses of the new Nassau station are also scheduled for the following Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: August 27 and September 10 and 24.

Nassau Astronomical Station is located about a mile north of the Observatory Park entrance at 10350 Clay Street. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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Update: July 4, 2017

Summer Web Updates

Summer is here!

Summer Geocache

Summer Voices of Nature Newsletter

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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: 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.

Upcoming Closures:
Labor Day (Monday, September 4)
Columbus Day (Monday, October 9)
Veterans' Day observed (Friday, November 10)
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 24)
Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24)
Christmas (Monday, December 25)

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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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