Geauga Tea Party meets
The Geauga County Tea Party holds its June meeting June 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road in Chester. Jon Morrow will speak on "Our Electrical Supply Grid; vulnerabilities and how to prepare for extended outages." College Student Conservatives will give an update on campus freedom of speech issues, and Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Chester, will speak on current legislative issues. For more information, visit www.geaugateaparty.com or call 440-622-3165.
Learn tools of the trade
Master Gardener Volunteers present a free gardening program from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 29 at the Geauga County OSU Extension office at Patterson Center (north end of Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road.
Learn about the biological phenomena and their relationship to the weather and climate creating the biological calendar for when to start seeds, when to plant, what to plant to attract pollinators, when to control pests and how to design gardens for seasonal long interest.
Take guided tours of the Master Gardener maintained Geauga County Phenology Garden and the Certified Monarch Waystation at the Patterson Center in Burton. Learn which flowers butterflies prefer, what host plants caterpillars require and what herbs, annuals and native plants to add to your garden to attract butterflies.
Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is appreciated at 440-834-4656. View a list of upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer-sponsored classes at www.geauga.osu.edu.
Geauga walkers meet
Seniors enjoy a naturalist guided, one-plus-mile walk from 1-2:30 p.m. July 2 at West Woods Affelder House, 15139 Chillicothe Road (Route 306) in Russell. This walk is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
For a complete list of hikes held year-round in Geauga Park District parks, call 440-279-2126.
Acoustic music by Foster Brown
Enjoy the upbeat acoustic music by award-winning songwriter Foster Brown and Friends from 7-8:30 p.m. July 6 at Claridon Woodlands, 11383 Claridon-Troy Road in Claridon.
Free and open to the public. Call 440-286-9516 for more information.
Russell Uplands discovery hike
A one-plus-mile naturalist-led hike over hilly terrain along forested trails is from 9-10:30 a.m. July 6 at Russell Uplands Preserve, 15200 Russell Road. Held rain or shine, discover the wonders of our natural world. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.
Burgers and butterflies
Earn a free lunch while participating in the annual butterfly and dragonfly survey from 12-3:30 p.m. July 7. Use provided nets to capture specimens of butterflies and dragonflies, which will be identified by experts and counted as official data.
Meet at Lake Side Picnic Shelter, Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.
Nature exploration kayak
Ages 12 and older with an adult discover an amazing diversity of plants and animals during a leisurely afternoon kayak from 3-5:30 p.m. July 7 at Bass Lake Preserve, 11445 Lakeview Drive in Munson.
Bring a kayak or borrow one from the district. Previous kayaking experience is recommended. Bring a snack, water and sunscreen.
Registration is required and begins July 1 at 440-286-9516.
Osprey van tour
Reservations are being taken for a van tour to explore local osprey nests atop cell towers from 1-3 p.m. July 6. Meet at West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell. Registration is required at 440-286-9516.