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GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geauga Geocache Day Even though Geauga Park District has posted…


For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geauga

Geocache Day

Even though Geauga Park District has posted new geocache coordinates for years, participants have been clamoring for more. The fourth Geocache Day of 2013 will take participants to four more parks – those in the southwest of the county – in a single day of treasure hunt fun.

Geocache Day: Fall takes place Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township

Geocaching is an up-and-coming challenge activity that gets you outside using your GPS to help locate hidden caches.

Upon registration – required by phone at 440-279-0894 – participants will be assigned a card, such as a King of Clubs, that they will need to retrieve from each of the caches. Four cards tell the park district that all four hiding spots have been located and earn the participants four chances to win prizes. If ones schedule doesn’t allow time to hit all four parks, earn a ticket for each card that is turned in by 4 p.m.

A complete set of instructions will be posted beginning Oct. 19 on the Bulletin Board of the park districts website. Participants may start to collect their cards any time after that, but the quest must end at The West Woods Nature Center between 1 and 4 p.m.

In the end, fall Geocache Day participants will have visited Beartown Lakes Reservation in Auburn Township, Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge Township, The Rookery in Munson Township and The West Woods in Russell Township.

Anyone school age or older is welcome to participate.

Fall Rides

Equestrians make use of Geauga Park District on their own every day of the week. Guided experiences are more rare, but two leisurely, naturalist-led rides have been scheduled for Headwaters Park in October and registration is now open.

On Oct. 19, join the Horseback Moonlight Ride to experience the sights and sounds of autumn by the light of the full hunter moon. The four-mile ride on the Buckeye and Maple bridle trails provides the possibility of twilight-active wildlife. Anticipate hills, gravel and bridge and stream crossings.

Then, on Oct. 20, join the Horse Ride Around the Reservoir to enjoy fall colors and migratory birds while traversing forest and field. The eight- to nine-mile ride will reach both sides of the East Branch Reservoir.

Both rides start from the Crystal Lake Picnic Area on Route 608.

Don’t forget a shovel to clean up after ones horse in the parking lot. Helmets are encouraged and registration is limited.

Howl’oween Hound Hike

Devil or angel, pumpkin or scarecrow, human or canine, come enjoy this hike with ones favorite four-legged friend. Nature lovers and good-natured dogs always look forward to Geauga Park Districts last Hound Hike of the season. Costumes for both dogs and humans make it all the more fun.

Howloween Hound Hike is Oct. 26 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road in Chester Township.

From April through October, monthly Hound Hikes allow dog owners an opportunity to bond and enjoy a type of entertainment their canines can also enjoy. Registration is required.

One non-aggressive dog is allowed per handler, who must be able to fully control his or her dog at all times on a leash no longer than eight feet. Participants must also bring their own dog towels, water bowls, poop scoops and bags for cleanup. If altercations or incidents occur, problematic dogs will be asked to leave.

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