Parks and Recreation
For more information, contact the park district by phone at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.Out on the WaterWhether it's before dawn, during the day…
GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT
For more information, contact the park district by phone at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Out on the Water
Whether it’s before dawn, during the day or beneath a full moon, the time on the water will be the best part of one’s day. Join a Geauga Park District naturalist to float out on Lake Kelso, Bass Lake, the Cuyahoga River or LaDue or East Branch reservoirs during the following opportunities. All programs are designed for those already comfortable with being out on the water; no lessons will be given.
• Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe
July 6, 1-3 p.m. – Eldon Russell Park
An easy-paced, short-distance float on the wildlife-rich Upper Cuyahoga River for families, program is for ages 5 and older with an adult; up to two kids 5-11 in middle; 12 and older to paddle. Register by phone starting June 29.
• Headwaters Sunset Canoe Float
July 12, 7:30-9 p.m. – Headwaters Park, Boathouse
Paddle along the shore of the East Branch Reservoir as the sun sets and search for nocturnal wildlife. Basic canoeing skills and life vests required. Canoes available or bring your own. Program held rain or shine except if thunderstorms. Wear shoes to get wet or muddy and bring water and a change of clothes in case the canoe overturns.
Ages 7 and older with an adult. Register by phone starting July 2.
• Kelso Afternoon Canoe
July 27, 1:30-3 p.m. – Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve
Spend the afternoon floating on the cool waters of glacial Lake Kelso. Basic canoeing skills required. Ages 10 and older. Register by phone starting July 20.
• Nature Break: Women’s Retreat
Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Bass Lake Preserve
Take a break and relax in the park. Park district is offering canoeing, yoga and recycled art projects. Bring a matt for yoga. Lunch provided by Zeppe’s of Newbury. Fee is $6. Registration required.
• Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe
Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m. – Eldon Russell Park
An easy-paced, short-distance float on the wildlife-rich Upper Cuyahoga River for families, program is for ages 5 and older with an adult. Register by phone starting Aug. 3.
• Cuyahoga Lunch Cruise
Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Landing
There are so many sights to see along the Upper Cuyahoga River that sometimes a longer canoe float is in order. The group will paddle at least five miles to enjoy the sights and sounds along this state-designated scenic river. It is likely a good variety of birds, along with dragonflies, damselflies and a host of other creatures that make their homes along the waterway.
Pack a lunch and drinking water. The float is for people with some canoeing experience who have the ability to canoe a good distance in warm summer conditions.
Ages 10 and older with an adult; 12 and older to paddle. Register by phone starting Aug. 8.
• Kelso Full Moon Canoe
Sept. 7, 7:30-9 p.m. – Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve
As the sun sets, watch the full Harvest Moon rise over the horizon. Basic canoeing skills required. Ages 10 and older. Register by phone starting Sept. 1.
• Voyageur Canoe
Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to noon, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 2-3 p.m. – Headwaters Park, Boat Launch
Re-live adventures of French Voyageur fur traders who plied the uncharted waters of the Great Lakes in the 1700s. Paddle a 34-foot Voyageur canoe across the East Branch Reservoir as the hardy crew regales one with song. It is a great opportunity to experience history first-hand in a one-of-a-kind boat.
Program will be held rain or shine except in thunderstorms. Fee is $5. Registration required.
Summer at Observatory Park
For casual visitors, Observatory Park is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 10610 Clay St. in Montville Township. For those wanting a more guided experience, however, astronomy naturalist Chris Mentrek is eager to show guests around the International Dark Sky Park.
Park buildings will now be open only the second and fourth weekends of the month: Friday and Saturday for self-guided night sky viewing with park district telescopes from 6-11 p.m., as well as Sunday from 1-4 p.m., including The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show about “what’s up” in the sky at 2 p.m.
More structured programming is also available for visitors of all ages and interest groups.
August is an exciting month for its Perseid Meteor Shower, and this year’s event falls on the night of Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, with best viewing from 1-3 a.m.
Though there will be no formal program, a naturalist and other astronomers will be on hand to answer any questions. Bring warm clothes, a reclining lawn chair, blankets, bug spray and coffee or hot chocolate. It is definitely one of Nature’s Not-to-Be-Missed programs.
Biweekly Friday programs include Shakespeare in the Sky on July 11 and 25 from 7-8 p.m.; Earthquakes in Ohio on Aug. 8 and 22 from 7-8 p.m.; and Spectroscopy: Using Rainbows to Study the Universe on Sept. 12 and 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Hour-long programs to study the season’s full moons are scheduled for July 12 at 8:30 p.m. (The Thunder Moon); Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. (The Sturgeon Moon); and Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
And finally, teens entering grades 8 through 10 have a special option to explore Observatory Park this summer with X-TREME Days, part of Geauga Park District’s summer camp programming.
With the exception of camps, all Observatory Park programs this season are free to attend without registration.
Flea Market in the West Woods
The Geauga County Chapter of Ohio Horseman’s Council will host the flea market July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The West Woods’ picnic area, 9465 Kinsman Road, Russell Township. All proceeds from the event and application fees for vendor spaces will benefit Geauga Park District’s Bridle Trail Fund.
Dozens of vendors will sell treasures such as antiques, collectibles, birdhouses, jewelry (new and old), tools, toys, furniture, rugs, plants, handmade materials, soaps, general household items and other bargains galore.
While shopping in the picnic area, set aside some extra time to explore other treasures in the park. There is no place like The West Woods to tap into some discovery and fun. The West Woods Nature Center is currently host to an exhibit called Something’s Afoot: Nature Just Can’t Stay Put about Nature’s mobility. Also on display will be an art exhibition featuring the quilt artistry of Fran Soika.
For more information about Geauga County Ohio Horseman’s Council benefit flea market, call Jennifer at 216-406-7639.
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