The Wild Days of Winter game: A Taste of Seasons

November 22 through January 4
Noon to 5 pm • Free admission
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year's Eve

Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094

On a life-sized indoor game board, discover the many flavors that nature gives us as you play along in our all new winter wonderland. Draw a card, move from space to space and explore nature through the seasons.

“Play just like Candy Land, but with a natural twist”


Continue your adventure with hands-on activities both indoors and out

  • Challenge your family to embark on indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts that explore nature.
  • Enjoy a seasonal craft.
  • Discover the sights and sounds of wildlife as you check out the Nature Calls interactive exhibit
  • Watch and listen for wildlife at the many bird feeders in Penitentiary Glen Nature Center’s Window on Wildlife. 
  • Go for an adventurous walk on the Peppermint Trail on snowshoes; rentals available for adults ($3/hr or $12/day) and children ($1.50/hr or $6/day), as weather permits. 
  • Visit the Wildlife Center to learn about and meet native Ohio wildlife. Make this year’s gift a wild one! The “Adopt an Animal” program provides a unique, thoughtful gift idea that helps to cover the cost of care! 
  • Explore more than 8.5 miles of hiking trails open year round. 
  • Visit The Nature Store for all your nature-themed holiday shopping needs. Refreshments are available.


Saturday Specials

Join us on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm for special, free activities.

November 22 -- Wildlife Day!
November 29 -- Campfire and S'mores
December 6 -- Trains
(weather permitting)
December 13 -- Maple Syrup Demonstration
December 20 -- TBA
December 27 -- TBA
January 3 -- Honey Demonstration


Admission is FREE for all ages.


Penitentiary Glen Nature Center
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094

Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south for about one mile. Turn left onto Rt. 615. Turn right (east) onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and continue for two miles. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located on the right (south) side of the road.


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