Back this year is the popular free snowshoe borrowing program at The West Woods Nature Center. At least a few inches of snow on the ground is needed, and the deeper the snow, the better. Call-ahead reservations are preferred at 440-286-9516. Any un-reserved snowshoes are available first-come, first-served. Borrowers must be 18 or older to check out a pair; anyone younger must be accompanied by an adult, and no one under 40 pounds may use the snowshoes due to their weight. Borrowing takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for up to two hours. Registrants must sign a waiver form and leave a driver’s license as a security deposit. Snowshoes may not leave The West Woods except for registered programs. Want a more guided experience? Visit http://bit.ly/gpdsscall2017 and get your name on our call list for special snowshoe programs now through March 1 whenever snow conditions are right. Geauga Park District is online at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Dec. 17: Winter Bird Banding Station
9 to 11 a.m. See birds up-close as they are banded, weighed, measured and released to determine their longevity. Bring a camera for close-up photos. Fully wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration not required. 440-286-9516 with questions. Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield.
Dec. 18: Comeback Critters Home Again in Ohio
2 to 3 p.m. Otters, bears, eagles, osprey, Sandhill cranes and other wildlife have reclaimed Ohio homelands including Geauga County. Speculate on which wildlife may have a chance to reappear here in decades to come. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. 440-286-9516 with questions.