The Geauga Park District Ranger Department offers an Ohio Hunter Education Course at the Donald W. Meyer Center in Big Creek Park …

For more information and registration, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit

Be an educated hunter

Oct. 9 and 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Geauga Park District Ranger Department offers an Ohio Hunter Education Course at the Donald W. Meyer Center in Big Creek Park. The courses will be aimed at novice hunters who wish to acquire a hunting license, covering a range of subjects ranging from conservation, safety and ethics to the proper handling of firearms, bow hunting equipment.

Registration is required on the Ohio Division of Natural Resources website.

Students must attend both days and pass a 100-question multiple-choice exam with a score of 75 percent or higher in order to obtain certification for a hunting license after the course. All under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Yoga at lunchtime in the park

Oct 14, 21 and 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration is now open for the midday yoga in the park with Darlene Kelbach of the Fairmount Center for the Arts at The West Woods in Russell Township.

Register in advance to pay the weekly fee of $ 7 for residents of Geauga County and $ 10 for residents outside the county. Participants must be 10 years of age or older, comfortably dressed with a yoga mat and a water bottle.

Park closures

The 2021-2022 Controlled Hunting Program affects three parks this fall and winter.

The Observatory Park will be closed from sunrise to noon on October 16 and 17 due to the hunting of young squirrels, as well as all day on January 8 and 10, due to the muzzleloading hunt.

The Rookery will be closed on November 20, 21, 29 and 30 due to the regular youth and gun hunting and The West Woods will be closed on December 1 and 2 due to the regular gun hunting.

All dates are also posted on the park district website and guards and / or signs will be posted at the park entrance on subsequent days as a reminder.

Autumn Scout Days

Explore Geauga Parks to earn Scouting Credits.

On October 16 at the West Woods Nature Center, Cubs will work on Requirements 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Paws on the Path adventure with an indoor introduction and a 9:30 am nature hike to 11 h. , from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Junior Girl Scouts will join a naturalist to earn their Animal Habitats badge.

Then on November 6 at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, Girl Scouts Daisy will join a naturalist from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. to work on their Eco Learner badge with an indoors introduction and nature hike. The Tiger Cub Scouts will take a short hike from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. to learn about plants, animals and safely explore the outdoors for the My Tiger Jungle badge.

Everyone present, including adults, must register in advance.