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January 2, 2014 by Staff Report | No Comments

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. Be Hawk-Eyed Register today to enjoy a seven-mile, open-air wagon…

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT

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

Be Hawk-Eyed

Register today to enjoy a seven-mile, open-air wagon trip up Hayes Road in search of rough-legged, red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks; harriers; kestrels; and other open-country birds of Amish farm country, such as horned larks and snow buntings.

Hawk Watch Wagon Ride takes place Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Chester Township.

Registration is required for this ride best suited for those school age and older. Dress for frigid temperatures; bring binoculars and blankets to bundle up in.

The wagon is moderately accessible with low-tier seating for transferring from wheelchair to wagon.

Winter At Observatory Park

For casual visitors, Observatory Park is open daily from 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 glad to help all winter long at this International Dark Sky Park.

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, the 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 featuring a real meteorite one can touch and the Oberle telescope, with its 25 1/2-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 available for visitors of all ages and interest groups, as well. Biweekly Friday programs from 7-8 p.m. include Black Holes on Jan. 10 and 24; Solar System Explorers on Feb. 14 and 28; and Hubble’s Greatest Hits on March 14 and 28.

A Geauga Walkers hike geared toward active senior citizens will take place Jan. 14 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Programs to study the full moons are scheduled for Jan. 15 (the Wolf Moon), from 6-8 p.m.; Feb. 14 (the Snow Moon), from 6-8 p.m.; and March 16 (the Worm Moon), from 8-9:30 p.m.

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

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