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Explorers Series

Stay Connected with Nature while Social Distancing

The Foundation is committed to protecting parks and trails in Geauga County.  Because of the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Explorers Series was temporarily suspended. As hikes resume, we will alter how group activities are held to protect the health and safety of our supporters and friends.

There are no restrictions on each of us exploring parks and trails on our own. Stay connected with the outdoors on the many trails in county, township, local and state parks in Geauga County.

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Explorers Series

The Foundation for Geauga Parks  Explorers Series was established so park lovers may join us 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. 

The activities are physically easy and typically take about an hour to an hour and a half. Many are led by a park naturalist or other knowledgeable individual who shares their insights about the natural and historic aspects of the park.

Outings start at 10:30am, typically at the park's main parking lot. Any and all are encouraged to attend, including well-behaved four-legged friends (on leash.)  Activities take place rain, snow, or shine.

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2020 Explorers Series - Mark Your Calendars!

DATE                             LOCATION

February 1                 The Rookery - hike or snowshoe (17 pairs available for loan)
March 7                     Beartown Lakes Reservation - hike
April 11                        Affelder House - hike- CANCELED

May 2                         Big Creek Park - birds & blooms with a naturalist - CANCELED 
June 6                       Veterans Legacy Woods - hike
July 11                         Blue Heron Preserve - hike (Note: Newly opened Preserve) 
August 1                    Bass Lake Preserve - kayak with a naturalist (reduced to only 8 participants / 8 kayaks available for loan)
September 12          Thompson Ledges Park - hike
October 3                 Scenic River Retreat, Munson Twp. - hike
November 7             Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve - back-country, off-trail hike
December 5             President's Pick TBA

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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