Geauga Park District
March 28, 2024 by Staff Report

Registration is no longer required for exclusive exploration of Ansel’s Cave at The West Woods with Naturalist Karie Wheaton...

For more information and registration, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit

Ansel’s Cave Exploration

April 7, 1-3 p.m.

Registration is no longer required for exclusive exploration of Ansel’s Cave at The West Woods with Naturalist Karie Wheaton. Hike two miles over hilly terrain to the otherwise restricted area to discover its history written in rock. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footgear for a stream crossing.  The outing starts and finishes at Turkey Ridge Shelter.

Time For A W-A-L-K?

Dogs and your humans, take a W-A-L-K to enjoy the sights and sounds of springtime with Naturalist Karie Wheaton and other park-going pooches – no registration required!

Hound Hikes with Naturalist Karie Wheaton are all Sundays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: April 7 at The West Woods, May 5 at Headwaters Park and June 23 at Burton Wetlands.

Hosted entirely outdoors, the hikes are enjoyable for all if rules are followed. Before coming out, pack a bowl with water, poop scoop or bags for cleanup and towels for paws. Only one dog is permitted to attend per handler; pets must be kept under control at all times on a leash not exceeding eight feet; and participants displaying aggression or excessive barking will be asked to leave.

Cold Nose Companions, a dog training center located in Chardon, also plans to attend each hike to share some helpful tips and tricks to practice along the walks.

The Great Geauga Total Solar Eclipse

April 8

Experience the Great Geauga Total Solar Eclipse at the Geauga County Fairgrounds.

 The free event will hook visitors up with free eclipse-viewing glasses upon entry at gates 1, 4 or 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. Activities kick off at 11 a.m., but the actual eclipse will last from 2-4:30 p.m., with the totality at 3:15 p.m. for 3 minutes 27 seconds bringing complete darkness to the middle of the afternoon.

Regional traffic will be slow due to the influx of people in the area, so it is recommended to arrive early and stay late. Support numerous food trucks or bring a picnic; snag a bleacher seat or bring lawn chairs. Additional features include multiple viewing stations with various equipment, a pop-up nature store with exclusive Geauga eclipse merchandise, citizen science projects, special eclipse-themed photo ops and more. No dogs or drones will be permitted.