Geauga Park District is encouraging kids to explore the outdoors and nature indoors during the summer months. Starting in May, Scout Days began with Boy Scout Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge on Saturday May 13 at Big Creek Park in Chardon. On the same day, Junior Girl Scouts worked on the Flowers Legacy Badge.
The Timbertots program on May 24 is for ages 3 to 5 with an adult at the Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park and on May 27 at the Headwaters Park Boathouse with Nora the Explorer.
June begins a summer full of fun for kids of all ages. Ages 5 and over with an adult are invited on June 4 to the Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe short distance float starting at Eldon Russel Park in Troy Township.
Basic Learn to Kayak for ages 10 and over at the Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve to learn safe kayaking. Then learn Canoe-handling techniques during the Basic Learn to Canoe program on June 17 for ages 10 and over at Headwaters Park in Huntsburg/Claridon Townships.
A Timbertots: Sensing the Summer program for ages 3 to 5 with an adult will be held on June 18 at Sunnybrook Preserve in Chester Township and on June 19 at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Munson with Nora The Explorer.
Toddler Time: Sensing the Summer for ages 1 and 2 with an adult on June 27 at the Rookery in Munson for summertime in the park.
Ages 6 and 7 are welcome to Nature Explorers: Bug-lighting on June 28 and June 29 at the West Woods in Russell Township. This evening program requires flashlights and a camera.
Outside fun at summer day camps is offered in June and July with opportunities at Junior Naturalist Day Camp for youth entering grades fifth through seventh, Adventure Day Camp for teens entering grades eighth through tenth, Adventure Day Camp for youth entering grades fifth through seventh and X-Treme Days for teens entering grades eighth through tenth.
Details for all summer activities for families, adults and kids can be found in the Voices of Nature Activity Guide, on the Park website at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, or by calling 440-286-9516. Registration is required for most programs with online registration available.