Parks & Rec – January 10, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT
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Sled With Friends
Don't let those sleds stay packed away all winter. Grab the gang for a fun afternoon of sledding and other snow activities in the park, not to mention a toasty lodge, warm outdoor fire and breathtaking view from the top of the hill.
The fourth annual Sledding and Snowflakes takes place Jan. 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, parking lot lodge and sledding hill, 11340 Caves Road in Chesterland.
In addition to sledding, participants will see who can throw a snow snake, or a stick carved with curved ends, down a trail the farthest.
There will be free hot chocolate and snacks.
Participants must bring their own sleds and register ahead of time. Call for weather conditions as the free, all-ages program is dependent upon snow.
Drop-In Telescope Clinic
Register for an opportunity to bring in home-owned telescopes for a tune-up. Bring In Your Telescope! takes place Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St. in Montville Township.
Observatory Park's astro-nats will help clean, configure and figure out telescopes so participants can get back to home sky watching. Observatory Park is a Silver Tier International Dark Sky Park, as well, so guests may use their telescopes on its telescope pads, which allow for electrical hook-up.
Registration is required.
Glide Here And There In The Full Moon's Light
Three opportunities exist to cross-country ski the winter landscape this season including two beneath beautiful full moons.
Skiers have the ability to ski three to four miles should consider joining a naturalist to ski The West Woods on Jan. 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Orchard Hills Park on Jan. 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.; or The Maple Highlands Trail and Buckeye Trail at Headwaters Park on Feb. 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
All the skis become hikes if there is no snow; call 440-286-9516 after 2 p.m. on program day to check conditions. Ski rental is available in advance from Geiger's Ski & Sports Haus, 50 Shopping Plaza, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-4900.
Trails are also groomed for leisurely skiing at Orchard Hills Park and on The Maple Highlands Trail.
Who Done It?
Learn all about the winter predatory habits of fox, coyote, weasel, birds of prey and more, and then lead an outdoor investigation of actual or recreated kill sites to determine "who done it?"
Blood on the Snow: Winter Predators is Jan. 19 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the lodge at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road, Chesterland.
Registration is not required.
GPD Park Board Meetings
Notice is hereby given of the following scheduled meetings of the Geauga Park District Board of Park Commissioners in 2013: Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. within the Donald W. Meyer Center in Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon.
All dates and times are subject to change; updates will be posted to www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.