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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 by boot, bike, paddle, or skis. Each experience 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.

See below for the 2023 schedule. Times may vary.

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Want to build your knowledge and appreciation of the night sky? Connect with the Geauga Skywatchers Club.

2023 Explorers Series - Mark Your Calendars!

DATE                             LOCATION

February 4               Claridon Woodlands, Geauga Park District (GPD)
10:00 AM-Noon - Easy Winter Walk.
11383 Claridon Troy Road, Claridon Township
See details and register here.

March 4                      Observatory Park, GPD 
5:00-7:00 PM (evening program) - Stars Above and Beauty Below
10610 Clay Street, Montville Township
See details and register here 

April 8                       Oberland Park, Newbury Twp Park
10:00-11:30 AM - Spring has Sprung
14899 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH 44065
See details and register here.

May 6                       Swine Creek Reservation, GPD
10:00 AM - Noon - Spring Wildflower Walk
16004 Hayes Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062 Woods Edge Parking lot
See details and register here.

June 10                     Spring Brook State Nature Preserve, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
10:00 AM - Noon - Brook Trout Outing
1445 Lakeview Rd, Munson Township (meet in Bass Lake Preserve parking area) 
See details and register here. Registration required with 30-person limit.

July 8                       Upper Chagrin Preserve, Russell Twp Citizens Park District
10:00 AM - Noon -  Over the Fields and Through the Woods along the Old Inter-Urban Railroad
End of Beechwood Drive, Russell Twp. Park along the north side of Beechwood Drive in grass below the power lines.
See details and register here.

August 5                 Blue Heron Preserve, Chagrin River Land Conservancy
10:00 AM - Noon - Hurry-Not Heron Hike
14747 Ravenna Road (Rt. 44) Burton, Ohio 44021
See details and register here.

September 2          Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, GPD
10:00 AM - Noon - Playing Tag for Science with Monarch Butterflies
11620 Ravenna Road (Rt. 44), Munson Twp (Meet at the south entrance parking at Sunset Shelter)
See details and register here.

October 7                Holbrook Hollows, GPD
10:00 AM - Noon - Inhale the Fall Foliage Views
7250 Country Lane, Bainbridge Twp.
See details and register here.

November 4           Thompson Ledges Township Park
10:00 AM - Noon - Rompin' in Thompson: Return to Thompson Ledges
16755 Leroy Thompson Rd., Thompson Township
See details and register here.

December 2           Sunnybrook Preserve
10:00 AM - Noon - Sunnybrook Preserve hike
12474 Heath Road, Chester Township
See details and register here.

 

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Photos from Past Hikes

June 2020 hike at Veterans legacy woods
Trustees found a way to host a "socially distant" hike at Veterans Legacy Woods. June 2020
Autumn in Sunnybrook Preserve
Amazing trees in Headwaters Park
Sap is running at Swine Creek!
Mush!
On the way to Ansel's Cave in The West Woods