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For more information on these programs, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit them online at

For more information on these programs, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit them online at

Flight of the Butterflies

Sept. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

As monarchs fly through Northeast Ohio this season on their tremendous journey south, take a short journey to The West Woods Nature Center to view a very special showing of “Flight of the Butterflies,” originally produced for IMAX theaters, which explores the unbelievable migration and the man who discovered the monarchs’ overwintering site in Mexico in 1975.

Neither tickets nor registration are required to view the movie.

Bird Tornadoes Hit Geauga

Witness the annual phenomenon of hundreds of chimney swifts swirling tornado-like and then plummeting into an old chimney en route to South America.

The Bird Tornado Strikes Again! takes place Sept. 6 at the Chardon Square bandstand and Sept. 13 at Berkshire High School in Burton.

After nestlings have fledged into flyers by mid-summer, swifts patrol the skies by day and gather at dusk to room communally in uncapped chimneys of older homes, as well as institutional chimneys. Chimney use varies from year to year, but Berkshire High School and the Assembly of God Church on Chardon Square are consistently used.

During autumn migration from September through early October, local swifts are joined by travelers seeking a “migratory motel” at sundown. All together the birds gradually swell in the sky, swirling in ever-tightening circles and emitting twittering notes until, one by one, they begin to plummet into the chimney. One chimney often holds hundreds of birds for the night.

All ages are welcome to stop by and catch the view. Registration is not required.

Monarch Mania

September is Monarch season, and Geauga Park District is offering programs to connect with this incredible insect on its long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico.

At Monarchs and Meadow Insects, a park naturalist will provide an overview of some of the meadow insects at 12:30 p.m., followed by netting in surrounding fields from 1-4 p.m. Drop in anytime to Frohring Meadows on Sept. 10, and to Orchard Hills Park on Sept. 17.

Activities will include netting and tagging live monarchs, playing a “life-sized board game” dramatizing the hazards of such a long migration and catching a variety of other butterflies, grasshoppers and insects.

Nets will be provided, or you may bring your own. Sun protection, socks, hats and long pants are strongly recommended. Registration is not required.

Also, a special Senior Day: Monarch Migration is scheduled at Orchard Hills Park on Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Seniors may register now at or 440-286-9516 for a pancake breakfast, followed by monarch education and tagging if conditions are right. Tours of the trail will also be given on the EZ Go Cart.

Exploring for Treasures

Geauga County is bursting with hidden gems to explore.

The Hidden Gems Hike series returns with a visit to The West Woods on Sept. 16, from 2-4 p.m. Hike two miles over hilly terrain to the historic Ansel’s Cave to discover its secrets – no advanced registration required.

Search for monarchs with one’s dog during the Hound Hike on Sept. 10, 5-6:30 p.m. at Frohring Meadows. Registration is required.

Only one non-aggressive dog is allowed per handler, who must be able to fully control the dog at all times on a leash no longer than eight feet. Participants must also bring their own dog towels, water bowls, and scoops and bags for cleanup.

Camp The Geauga County Parks

Camping out in four different parks within the Geauga Park District promises quality down time with friends and family. Cost is just $5 a night for county residents or $10 a night for out of county residents.

Big Creek Park, Headwaters Park and Chickagami Park all offer clean, well-maintained, reservable campsites in scenic locations. These include lean-tos, each with a fireplace in the chimney, which can accommodate up to five people, and tent pads, which provide comfortable, well-drained surfaces for tents.

Two brand new tent pads were also added this year in primitive, off-the-beaten-trail locations within The West Woods.

Camping reservations must be made at least seven days in advance of the visit. Non-reserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Arts In Nature

The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township is once again home to the annual show of the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture. Judged by professional artists, the show will remain on display daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 9.

Winners are:

Oil Acrylic Painting: First place – Trish Kaman, “Special Hat”; second place – Barbara Yoxall, “Storm”; third place – Betty Lee Wanner, “Monarch Butterfly”; and honorable mention – Donald Boncela, “Jim Fencil’s Pond.”

Watercolor: First place – Mary Ann Boysen, “Woodland Waterfall”; second place – Char D’Errico, “Just the 3 of Us”; third place – Carol Prior, “Young’uns at Modroos”; and honorable mentions – Pat Ingram, “City Reflections,” Lois Salmon Toole, “Whispers of Fog,” Kathy Oravecz, “Casa de Randera” and Marilyn White, “Lucy.”

Photography: First place – Wayne Mazorow, “Birch Tree Autumn Woodland”; and second place – Janice Katz, “’D’ is for Dahlia.”

Other Media: First place – Vicki Vesel, “Luna Landing.”

Learn more about the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture at

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