Protect Your Say in Your Community: Sign the Petition
The Geauga Park Board has eliminated public comments and questions from the public board meetings. The tax paying citizens of Geauga County are being ignored and disenfranchised by the public boards who refuse to answer or even hear questions about the use of public land and public funds. Please sign the petition asking Ohio legislators to amend the current law to require public comment time at public meetings and thoughtful responses from public boards.
Please join us for the latest opportunity to explore the great parks in beautiful Geauga County. Our next hike will take place at Headwaters Park.
The hike will be led by Geauga Park District naturalist John Kolar so we encourage you to please bring your binoculars.
We’ll discover some of the wonders of the summer season along the Eagle Trail and a portion of the Ohio Buckeye Trail.
PLEASE NOTE we will meet at the north parking lot off of Route 322 Mayfield Road. This is east of Route 608 Old State Road and just west of Kyle Road. The trail map link below may help you with details of the location in addition to the bigger Google map and link.
From the Geauga Park District website:
This 926-acre park is leased from the City of Akron in a partnership that allows for conservation of natural areas as well as enjoyment of recreation and outdoor education. Five trails total 4.7 miles. More than two miles of the statewide Buckeye Trail winds along the western shore of East Branch Reservoir.
At the headwaters of the Cuyahoga River, East Branch
Reservoir is the northernmost of the four reservoirs
that supply water to the Akron metropolitan area.
These include keeping watershed lands in natural
states so that forests, meadows and wetlands can filter
out sediment and pollutants before they reach
A beech-maple forest, meadows and evergreen
plantations surround these waters. The land is home to
wild turkey, fox, mink, owls, hawks and a variety of
songbirds. Abundant wildflowers carpet the forest floor
Headwaters Park is also a popular stopover for
migratory waterfowl each spring and fall: loons, Tundra
Swans and many types of ducks. Bald Eagles and
Ospreys often soar over the reservoir; Cormorants sun
themselves in the trees on the islands. Sandpipers and
plovers visit the reservoir in late summer.
Our approximately 2 mile hike should last about 90 minutes and will take place rain or shine.
The Foundation for Geauga Parks is an independent, non-profit organization created to raise money to fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County. We are the Foundation for all parks in Geauga County. 2019 Foundation Trustees:
Jeff Hyde – President
Adam Henry – Vice President
Carl Langer – Secretary
Jonathon Green – Treasurer
Mary Beth O’Neill
Richard Frenchie – Emeritus Trustee
Cindi Boehnlein – Administrative Assistant & Accountant
PGP at Geauga County FairAugust 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm – September 2, 2019 at 10:00 amGeauga County FairgroundsGeauga County Fair - PGP booth is near Gate 1
Conservation ConversationOctober 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmWest WoodsThe Intrinsic Value of Conservation Steve Madewell, former Park Director, Conservationist, Musician
Geauga Heroes of ConservationNovember 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm – 4:30 pmMunson Township HallGeauga Heroes of Conservation Awards Event Robert McCulough Conservation Scholarship Awards
Wetland area at West Woods
Kathy Hanratty introduces our speaker, Ray Stewart.
Ray Stewart, President of the Ohio Wetlands Association gave an enlightening presentation on the function and importance of wetlands in protecting against floods, drought conditions and counterbalancing the effects of global warming.
Ed wraps up the program and reminds everyone that there are still refreshments available at the food table.
Preparing to descend on the Legislature.
Waiting to meet with Senator Eckland.
Rushing off to more meetings.
A short rest in the Statehouse after a day of meetings.
Back home in Geauga County, we stopped for dinner at the Coyote Grill (where else?).
Odie arrived on the Square in Chardon and held up his sign.
Within a few minutes a crowd gathered around to voice their support.
Kathleen and Rick brought a copy of the petition and several new people signed up on the spot.