Geauga Walkers at Eldon

Become a Geauga Walker and join other active seniors for a naturalist-led, 1-plus-mile hike from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Eldon Russell Park, 16315 Rapids Road in Troy. If temperatures are below 20 degrees, call 440-286-9516 to confirm whether the program has been canceled. For a full schedule of hikes, call 440-279-2126.

Register for IRL-East courses

Winter registration is now open for continuing education classes from the Institute for Learning in Retirement-East (ILR-East). ILR-East is an east-side senior learning program affiliated with Baldwin Wallace University. Now in its 22nd year, the ILR-East program provides college-level courses in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Winter term begins on Jan. 19 and runs for six weeks through Feb. 25. Registration is available only by mail and is due by Jan. 14. For the registration address, contact ILR-East at 216-987-2985 or

All courses will be presented online via Zoom. Topics include theater, history, financial planning, current events, political science, religion, music, art appreciation and more. The schedule of courses is posted online at Each class meets once a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Cost is $15 per course for members or $20 per course for nonmembers. An annual membership is $30.

Venture out to Big Creek Park

Ages 8 and older can join Geauga Gems for a winter venture from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Aspen Grove Shelter in Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. Snowshoe if conditions are right; otherwise, take a cold-weather hike. Attendees can borrow a pair of snowshoes or bring their own with a headlamp or flashlight. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Feed birds at West Woods

A naturalist-led hike to the Bird in the Hand Feeding Station is from 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Jan. 16 at West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Get black-capped chickadees to eat from your hand. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Learn to snowshoe

Ages 8 and older can learn the basics of snowshoeing, including proper clothing, types of equipment and proper technique, from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Meyer Center, Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road in Chardon. An indoor presentation will be followed by outdoor instruction and a snowshoe hike. Attendees can borrow a pair of snowshoes or bring their own. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Astronomy Night with CVAS

Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to observe the wonders of the night sky using their restored telescope from 7-11 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Nassau Astronomical Station at Observatory Park, 10350 Clay St. in Montville, just north of the main campus entrance. Discover this facility and all it has to offer. The program will be canceled in the event of cloudy conditions. This program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All programs and events are subject to change; always check before coming out.

Explore Sunnybrook Preserve

Join a naturalist for a medium level hike to explore winter trails from 1-2:30 and 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Meet in the lodge at Sunnybrook Preserve, 12474 Heath Road in Chester. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

View nature during a pandemic

Take a virtual photographic look at Northeast Ohio plants and animals that emerged in spite of the pandemic from 2-2:45 p.m. Jan. 17. Presented via the free software WebEx, register at 440-286-9516 to receive a link to join in.

Enjoy coffee with the birds

Grab a hot beverage and settle by the big windows as a naturalist identifies winter birds at the feeders from 9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m., and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell. Registration is required, and safety precautions will be followed. Call 440-286-9516 or visit

Take a backcountry hike

Venture off trail in the hemlock-cloaked ravines in search of wildlife from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Whitlam Woods, 12500 Pearl Road in Hambden. Hikers must be physically capable of several miles of off-trail challenges in slippery, wet and muddy conditions. Dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes with good traction. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.

Learn all about maple syrup

Discover the history of maple syrup, how it’s made and why different color classes exist from 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 through a virtual program presented via the free software WebEx. Register at 440-286-9516 to receive a link to join in.


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