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GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. Backcountry Exploration Two opportunities to visit rarely explored areas of…

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT

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

Backcountry Exploration

Two opportunities to visit rarely explored areas of the Geauga Park District are slated for early November.

Backcountry Heron Hike takes place Nov. 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Rookery, 10110 Cedar Road in Munson Township. The hike is the annual chance to see one of the largest great blue heron rookeries in Geauga County. It is accessible only during naturalist-led programs in the autumn while the herons winter down south.

According to historic accounts, the rookery has existed for at least 70 years in its present location. The backcountry hike includes a short introduction to the blue heron and then a one and one-half to two mile hike to visit the nesting site.

Then, on Nov. 9 from 1-3:30 p.m., join a naturalist for a Backcountry Ravine Hike at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon Township.

The off-trail adventure will lead participants to explore the beauty and discover salamanders and other residents of the forested ravines and tributary streams of Big Creek. It’s a rugged hike with slippery, wet, muddy conditions off trail, so dress appropriately.

Registration is required for both programs.

DIY Fresh Greenery

Join Geauga Park District for its popular Holiday Greens Workshop to arrange fresh evergreens into one of four holiday arrangements.

Holiday Greens Workshop is Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. in the lodge at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

Upon registration, which is required, participants will be asked to select one of the following projects: wreath, bronze candleholder, 12-inch black wrought iron lantern or mantelpiece with candles. Drawings of all four options can be seen on the Bulletin Board on the park districts website.

Various evergreens, pinecones and ribbons will be provided, but participants may also bring their own accents.

An $18 fee will be required upon registration, and $5 will be due to the instructor at the program. Bring pruners and a plastic bag to protect the car seat from water on the way home. Workshop is suitable for ages 12 and up.

For those younger artists ages 3 to 5, naturalists will also host a pint-sized, educational version. Timbertots: Holiday Greens will be held Dec. 8 from 10-11 a.m. and Dec. 9 from 1-2 p.m. in the lodge at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

With an adult, kids will discover what’s cool about pine trees and other evergreens and make their own fun centerpiece to take home. Bows and pinecones will be provided, but kids may also bring small decorations if they’d like.

Registration is required for Timbertots, but unlike the adult version, this program will be indoors and out, so please dress for the weather.

Lake Metroparks

Breakfast with Santa

This is a ticketed event. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone or in person.

Santa comes to Lake Farmpark Dec. 7, 8, 11-18 and 20-23 from 9-10:30 a.m. and visits with children at breakfast in the J & J Cafe. After breakfast, Santa will be in the theater to visit with the children and hear their wishes. A professional Santa photographer is offering three packages of $10 or less including one for a full color 5×7-inch of the child with Santa. Guests may take their own photos of their children with Santa. Children can make a wooden toy to take home in Santa’s Toy Workshop.

Price includes Farmpark admission for the day. Take a wagon ride and experience all of Farmparks daily activities. Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Pony rides are available in arena for $4. Farmpark members receive a discount on this program.

Ticket sales for Lake County residents and Farmpark members began Oct. 28. Open registration begins Nov. 4.

For more information, call 440-256-2122 or visit lakemetroparks.com.

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