Take a firefly adventure
Families can enjoy a good old-fashioned lightning bug hunt from 9-11 p.m. June 26 at the lodge in Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. Help capture enough of these elusive insects to fill a giant jar with light. Following a presentation on firefly biology inside the lodge, grab a provided net and head outside for this adventure for all ages. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. This program is subject to change due to COVID-19. Check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516 for more information.
Explore aquatic life at West Woods
Explore aquatic life from 1-3 p.m. June 27 at West Woods Turkey Ridge, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Discover the tiny toads and tree frogs, dip provided nets into the ponds to find tadpoles, giant water bugs, dragonfly nymphs, diving beetles and other aquatic life while learning the history of these amazing creatures. This program is subject to change due to COVID-19. Check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516 for more information.
View the night sky
Observe the wonders of the night sky using a giant research-grade telescope from 9-11 p.m. June 27 at Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station, 10317 Clay St. in Montville. If weather prevents sky viewing, view a planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center instead. The program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. This program is subject to change due to COVID-19. Check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516 for more information.
Moth madness at Holbrook
Visit the light set-ups to see what species of moth are attracted to the lights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 27 at Holbrook Hollows, 7250 Country Lane in Bainbridge. Naturalists will monitor them all night. Bring a flashlight and a camera for this opportunity to capture images of night-flying insects. This program is subject to change due to COVID-19. Check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516 for more information.
Geauga Park District reopens facilities
The Geauga Park District announces the reopening of its facilities and continuation of public programming with efforts in place to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Guests are welcome to the West Woods Nature Center, ADDRESS, and Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center, ADDRESS, during their normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with the Meyer Center closed on weekends. Exhibit rooms and play areas will remain closed, but visitors will have access to wildlife feeding station viewing areas, art exhibits, restrooms and information areas. Visitors are advised to practice social distancing and respect building capacity limits as indicated by staff. The park district strongly recommends the wearing of face coverings for everyone’s protection.
Campgrounds within five of Geauga Park District’s parks have reopened, too, for families and individuals to reserve online or by phone. Reservations are also being accepted for shelters and lodges, but only by phone to ensure compliance with the state’s extended gathering limit of 10 or less through July 1.
With in-person public programs resuming in June, observe a set of policies, guidelines and procedures, published in full at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org/coronavirus-your-parks, including social distancing, group sizes limited to 10, required face coverings for staff and volunteers and recommended face coverings for participants. A number of virtual programs are also on their schedule; to view them, visit Programs & Events at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
First-come, first-served boat borrowing has resumed at Headwaters Park, ADDRESS, for the season on Fridays from 1-8 p.m., with the last boats going out at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boats going out at 4 p.m. Boat borrowing is free for Geauga County residents.
For more information on Geauga Park District offerings, COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations or for reservations, call 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.