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Nature Scopes

The Foundation for Geauga Parks is pleased to support top-notch nature education programs including Geauga Park District's Nature Scopes, the first binocular-nature education program of its kind in the country. 

Nature Scopes was established in 2003, in response to research showing that close encounters with nature create a direct, personal involvement with the outdoors that cannot be matched by classroom discussion or photos in textbooks. This year-long program supplements school science instruction by providing hands-on lessons matched to the Ohio Content Standards for fifth-grade science education.

Fifth-graders participate in a total of six interactive sessions involving outdoor exploration, concluding in May with a field day where students are awarded their own binoculars and field guides for participating in the program.


Binoculars and Field Guides

Your donations purchase a pair of binoculars and field guides for each student. These are theirs to keep, with the hope they will provide them with a lifetime of opportunities to observe and enjoy nature.

Since its inception in 2003, Foundation for Geauga Parks has help equip nearly 8,775 students with binoculars!


2017 was a banner year, when the Foundation funded 100% of the purchase of binoculars for 930 Geauga County fifth grade students.

The program now has 100% participation among all Geauga County public, private and parochial schools!

See Nature Scopes in action!