Geauga Park District
October 14, 2021 by Staff Report

Costumes, for both dog and human are optional, but registration is required for the naturalist-led Howl-o-ween Hound Hike... 

For more information and registration, contact the park district at 440-286-4636 or visit

Hike With Your Hound

Costumes, for both dog and human are optional, but registration is required for the naturalist-led Howl-o-ween Hound Hike on Oct. 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Chickagami Park.

Spots are also available for Hound Hikes on Nov. 9 at Frohring Meadows and Dec. 8 at Beartown Lakes Reservation. Both hikes are from 3-4:30 p.m.

Only one dog is allowed per handler, and the person must keep his or her dog under control at all times on a leash not exceeding eight feet. Aggression or excessive barking will result in participants being asked to leave. Bring dog towels, a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for cleanup.

Fall At Observatory Park

Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Labor Day through Memorial Day, and naturalists including “Astro-Nat” Chris Mentrek are eager to lead the way around the International Dark Sky Park.

Registration is required for all the following programs, with the exception of guided night sky viewing and the lunar eclipse.

Guided night sky viewing opportunities include Oct. 22 and 23, Nov. 12, 13, 26 and 27, and Dec. 10 and 11 at the park’s main campus as well as Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 at Nassau Astronomical Station, which are Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society volunteer-led.

Ohio experiences a near-total Lunar Eclipse in the wee hours of Nov. 19. The eclipse lasts from 1-7 a.m. early Friday morning, but the most dramatic part of the eclipse will occur from 2-4 a.m., as the moon passes into darkness. A naturalist will be on hand at the park.

Naturalist Chris presents astronomy education onsite at 7 p.m.: Nov. 12 (All About Eclipses) and Dec. 10 (Henrietta Leavitt: Astronomy Pioneer), as well as virtual Zoom programs at 7 p.m.: Oct. 22 (Ohio’s Ancient Astronomers) and Nov. 26 (All About Eclipses).

Learn basic journaling techniques at Nature Journaling: Night Sky on Nov. 22, with sessions available in the morning and afternoon. A one-time registration fee applies to cover the cost of a journal, pen and pencil.

Certain age groups get extra-special access to Observatory Park. Youth ages 3 to 5 with an adult can sign up for Astrotots: Super Stars on Nov. 5 or 6, with three sessions available each day. And youth ages 6 to 11 with an adult can sign up for Nature Explorers: Astronomy on Nov. 20.

Geared toward youth in grades 6 through 12 – although all are welcome – the Geauga Skywatchers Club has returned to in-person meetings, traveling to a different branch of the Geauga County Public Library each month. All those interested can register for Monday evening meetings: Nov. 1 (History of UFOs in Ohio) and Dec. 6 (Solstice Science).

Additionally, “Astro-Nat” Chris presents his The Sky Tonight Planetarium Shows on Sundays, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12, during two sessions afternoon.

Journaling The Great Outdoors

Nature lovers can learn how to record their nature observations by attending the park district’s monthly-Mondays Nature Journaling sessions hosted by naturalist Renell Roebuck.

A one-time fee of $20 for Geauga County residents or $24 for out-of-county residents will cover the cost of program materials, including a journal, pen and pencil for use during the series and beyond.

Registration is required by phone.

Next up in the series are sessions focusing on mammals of the marsh on Oct. 25, the night sky on Nov. 22 and evergreen plants and trees on Dec. 20. All three are partially outdoors and have two sessions each day: either 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1:30-4 p.m.