Explorers Series

Explorers Series
FREE Guided Excursions. Appropriate for ALL AGES.  

Get to know backtrails and backstories of Geauga County park lands managed by township, county, and other agencies. From recreation to restoration to preservation and more, there's so much to explore! 

The Explorers Series was established so park lovers may gather each month to explore a different park in Geauga County. Each outing provides a fun way to get outdoors, meet new people, and learn more about the natural, historic, and cultural beauty of our county.  

Activity levels vary and may last up to two hours. Most are led by a trained naturalist or other knowledgeable individuals who share their insights. Activities take place rain, snow, or shine.

2024 Explorers Series

DATE                             LOCATION

February 3              Beartown Lakes Reservation
10:00 AM-Noon - Refreshing Winter Hike
18870 Quinn Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

March 2                    Russell Uplands Preserve
10:00 AM-Noon - Get Ready for Spring
15200 Russell Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

April 6                     Troy Wetlands
10:00 AM-Noon - New Park and Aquatic Bird and Amphibians Observation
18725 Claridon Troy Rd, Hiram, OH 44234

May 4                      Headwaters Park - Eagle Trail
10:00 AM-Noon - Wildflowers and Sugaring History
15052 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg, OH 44046

June 1                     Swine Creek Reservation
10:00 AM-Noon - Local Flora and Fauna Interpretation
Swine Creek Valley Shelter, Middlefield, OH 44062

July 6                      Nero Nature Preserve
10:00 AM-Noon - New Expedition for the FGP Explorers Series
12150 Bean Rd., Chardon, Ohio 44024
See details and register here

August 10               Orchard Hills Park
7:00 PM-9:00 PM (Evening Expedition) - Singing Insects and Nature’s Evening Music
11340 Caves Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026
Registration coming soon!

September 7          The Rookery
10:00 AM-Noon - Nature Interpretation
10110 Cedar Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026
Registration coming soon!

October 5               Hambden Hills
10:00 AM-Noon - "Park in the Raw" Hike Led by GPD Biologist Paul Pira
14849 Rock Creek Road, Chardon, OH 44024
Registration coming soon!

November 2           Welton's Gorge
10:00 AM-Noon - An Uplands Trail Hike
13973 Hale Rd., Burton, OH 44021
Registration coming soon!

December 7           Big Creek Park
10:00 AM-Noon - Seasonal Hike
9160 Robinson Rd., Chardon, OH 44024
Registration coming soon!

Photos from Past OUTINGS

Amazing trees in Headwaters Park
Sap is running at Swine Creek!
On the way to Ansel's Cave in The West Woods