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GEAUGA PARK DISTRICTFor more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. Registration Open For Day CampsSummer campers loved their first year of…

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT

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

Registration Open

For Day Camps

Summer campers loved their first year of outdoor adventures in Geauga Park District that included biking, fishing, exploring the woods and sending rockets high into the sky. Now camps are back in new formats and with new activities.

Weeklong Adventure Day Camps for youth entering fifth through seventh-grades return to offer experiences in pond exploration, sky navigation, canoeing, fishing and more during the weeks of June 23, July 7, 14, 28 and Aug. 4. A single Adventure Week for teens entering eighth through tenth-grades will be offered the week of July 21.

New this year, single-day X-Treme Adventures will engage teens entering eighth through tenth-grades in things like survival, air and space, kayaking the Cuyahoga River, natural science with park biologists and extreme astronomy. Themed days are June 30, July 1, 2 and 3.

Summer camps are sponsored by the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, a special initiative established in memory of the late Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Charles “Chip” Henry, who had great passion for nature and youth.

Camp attendance costs $150 for full weeks and $30 for X-Treme Adventures.

Registration is already open by phone.

Spring 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, the astronomy naturalists are eager to show guests around.

Each Friday and Saturday night, park buildings will be open from 6-11 p.m. for self-guided night sky viewing and, as weather permits, occasional use of the Oberle reflecting telescope.

Each Sunday from 1-4 p.m., enjoy building open houses of the Robert McCullough Science Center and the Oberle Observatory to view the meteorite display and the Oberle telescope, with its 25.5-inch mirror. These hours also include The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show Sundays at 2 p.m., offering a naturalist-hosted preview of “what’s up.”

More structured programming is also available for visitors of all ages and interest groups.

In the early hours of April 15, when the moon will be completely covered by Earth’s shadow, stop by to watch the total lunar eclipse – expecting the “total” portion to begin about 3 a.m. Formal program hours are 8 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

From 6-9:30 p.m. June 21, a Summer Solstice Sunset program will host fun activities including solar cooking, solar-powered toy car racing and safe sun viewing before the latest sunset of the year after 9 p.m.

Biweekly Friday programs include eclipses on April 11 and 25 from 7-9 p.m.; Let’s Go Fly a Kite on May 9 and 23 from 7-8 p.m.; and Superstitions on June 13 and 27 from 7-9 p.m.

A program to study the season’s second full moon (The Flower Moon) is scheduled for May 14 from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Lastly, Bring In Your Telescope is April 12, from 5-7 p.m. Stop by for some instruction from astro-nats and volunteers from the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society, who can also offer scope-shopping tips.

All Observatory Park programs this season are free to attend without registration.

Best Big Bang for The Buck

Learn how to use that underutilized telescope or how to shop for a scope. Park staff and volunteers from the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society will help guests get the most enjoyable astronomy experience out of their equipment and offer a few maintenance tips.

Bring In Your Telescope! takes place April 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville Township.

For those who don’t own a telescope, staff will help answer questions and try out different scopes.

The clinic will be followed by night sky observation, weather permitting. Registration is not required.

Crack This

Egg Hunt: Nature Style is April 12 from 1-4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

All ages can join in any time during program hours by picking up a scavenger hunt card with questions about egg-laying animals. Use the card to locate plastic eggs, both inside the nature center and out on the trail, containing answers. Each completed card earns a fun prize.

In addition, youth ages 6 to 11 can participate in a search for amphibians awake in vernal pools and ponds.

Nature Explorers: Amphibian Awakening (Ages 6-8 and 9-11) takes place April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at The West Woods Nature Center.

Salamanders and frogs fill the air with their calls and the pools with their eggs. Both age groups’ programs will include an indoor introduction, followed by up-close outdoor exploration of this awesome springtime phenomenon. Registration is required for this drop-off program.

WILD About Bats Workshop

Wild About BATS, a free Advanced Project WILD workshop, will be held April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township. Researchers and education professionals will share bat biology, survey techniques, education activities and threats to bat populations through formal presentations and hands-on opportunities.

Professionals from Geauga Park District, Geauga County Soil & Water Conservation District, Metro Parks Serving Summit County, ODNR Division of Wildlife, OSU Extension, and University of Akron will present throughout the day.

Visit www.geaugaswcd.com for more information. Call the Geauga Park District at 440-279-0880 to register. For workshop-related questions, contact Jamey Emmert, Ohio Division of Wildlife at 330-245-3020.

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