Parks & Rec – February 7, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT
For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Be A Bird Friend
Bring birds into everyday life by joining Geauga Park District naturalist John Kolar, senior naturalist Dan Best and Helen Hempal, owner of For the Birds, Wildlife and More in Chardon, on Feb. 16, from 1-4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
The program will be divided into three one-hour segments: Backyard Birds of Winter, introducing the species one may see; Bird Feeding Basics and Beyond, introducing a variety of feeder types; and Bird Housing, introducing a variety of nest box designs for birds ranging from wrens to wood ducks.
Participants may reap some bird bonuses, while supplies last, which include making a sturdy plastic jaw chickadee house, making a bag of super seed mix, and a free bird booklet and bird song CD courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Guests will also enjoy the feeding station through a giant bay window and find out how armchair bird watchers can contribute valuable scientific data to Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's FeederWatch throughout the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Naturalists will teach participants the proper way to count with the help of park volunteers.
Registration is not required.
Recycled Art Exhibition Returns
Back by popular demand, the discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition is open now through March 31 at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
Well over 200 pieces from more than 120 artists are featured in the second installment of this original exhibition, including a working motorcycle created from tractor parts, a 9-foot dragon created from recycled metal, a 6-foot owl created from miscellaneous recycled items and a chaise lounge created from a shopping cart.
Another 200 items are also available for sale in the gift shop.
Geauga Park District's first discARTed exhibit, which ran November 2009 through January 2010 and showcased more than 100 artists and 200 pieces, attracted close to 10,000 visitors and amped up awareness of sustainability and recycling on a regional level. This exhibit's public opening Jan. 26 drew 350 people in just two hours.
The West Woods Nature Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Teresa at 440-279-0882.
Upcoming discARTed programs include: discARTed Family Day on Feb. 23; and "Scrap" Book-Making Workshop on March 20 (fee is $12; registration required).
Geauga Park District Foundation would like to thank Waste Management for sponsoring this second installation of discARTed and is excited to promote community outreach and sustainable practices through the arts.
Cold Weather Campfire Fun
Gather around a blazing outdoor campfire with hot chocolate for a story or two, and then journey into the darkness to experience the magical world of nature at night. Naturalist John Kolar is eager to lead participants on part one of a seasonal campfire/night hike series in which they will explore the nocturnal world through the seasons.
Winter Campfire and Night Hike is Feb. 15 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the lodge at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road in Chesterland.
Registration is not required.