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GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. Grin And Bear It Lost with the settlement of Ohio's…

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT

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

Grin And Bear It

Lost with the settlement of Ohio’s primeval wilderness, the black bear is attempting a comeback in Ohio after a 150-year absence. Discover the “bear facts” about Ohio’s largest mammal through illustrations, tracks, pelts, games and other hands-on activities.

Black Bears Returning Home is Jan. 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

Visitors to this program can expect chief naturalist John Kolar to describe population trends in Ohio, discuss what county led the state in recent bear sightings, dispel popular misconceptions and answer questions about the black bear.

Registration is not required.

The Movers And Shakers

In conjunction with Geauga Park District’s Something’s Afoot: Nature Just Can’t Stay Put motion-themed exhibit at The West Woods, come meet a selection of Ohio’s wildlife and see first-hand how claws, paws and tails help different animals get from one place to another.

Ohio’s Movers and Shakers Live Animal Program takes place Jan. 18 from 2-3 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

This program will be presented by wildlife biologist Harvey Webster of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, with the help of Ohio wildlife from the museum’s Perkins Wildlife Center.

Registration is not required.

The Something’s Afoot exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for hands-on learning and exploration before or after the program.

See The World From Your Seat

The popular Armchair Adventures Travelogue Series return to The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.

Since the debut travelogue in 2006, an average crowd is 100 people, sometimes braving blizzard-like conditions to enjoy local photographers and travelers’ stories of adventure and discovery. In addition to a variety of photos and storytelling techniques, many presenters also bring maps, souvenirs or the backpacks right off their backs so people can see what is involved in taking such a trip. The items are set up in the back of the room for pre- and post-meeting examination and questions.

The following travelogues run from 2-3 p.m.

Inside Look at Acadia National Park – Jan. 12

Join photographer Joanne Orichella to explore trails, lighthouses, cruises and other features of this diverse park, its history, flora, fauna and scenic views.

Sicily: Ancient Land, Rich Flora – Jan. 19

Follow Tom Sampliner during his two-week tour in the company of plant hunters from the U.S. and England as they explored the rich flora and saw some of the archaeological wonders of this ancient Mediterranean land. Held in collaboration with the NE Ohio Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio.

India: Tigers, Taj & Temples – Jan. 26

Join Bill and Sue Berger as they share their sense of adventure in Northern India. Go on a photo hunt for tigers in Ranthambore National Park, visit the Taj Mahal and other historic landmarks and wander through the Camel Park in Pushkar.

Isle Royale with a Backpack – Feb. 2

Enter the quiet boreal forest and wander beneath spruce and fir trees draped with tangles of Old Man’s Beard. Perch on a rock and experience Lake Superior’s moods. And listen for the cry of the loon, the call of the moose and other assorted animal noises luring you into this isolated island wilderness as Paul Newman relates days of backpacking rigors at Isle Royale National Park.

The Adirondacks by Canoe & on Foot – Feb. 9

Filled with natural beauty and a long history as a vacation area, the Adirondacks offer experiences ranging from posh gold resorts to primitive backwoods explorations. Join Susan and Bruce Bennett as they paddle the St. Regis canoe-only area and hike the Paul Smith wildlife trails.

Expedition Greenland – Feb. 16

Enjoy the highlights of an extraordinary three-week expedition 1,000 miles from the nearest settlement and 500 miles above the Arctic Circle, kayaking the icebergs and hiking glaciers and mountains of this mystic land with presenter Don Winton.

Galapagos & More – Feb. 23

Join the Baluneks for a tour to the land of the booby! Their journey starts on the mainland of Ecuador in Otavalo, home of one of the most famous markets in South America. Then on to the capital city of Quito to stand on the equator before engaging in a weeklong cruise of the Galapagos Islands.

Registration is not required for any of these free programs.

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