Walter C. Best Preserve, Geauga Park District




Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve is a 101-acre reservation located in Munson Township, 1.5 miles south of the City of Chardon. It is available to host your wedding celebration. The Preserve’s natural habitats provide your guests the opportunity to enjoy a rich diversity of plant and animal life. It is Geauga Park District’s intent to protect this natural area in perpetuity so events, like your wedding, will be filled with beauty and ease. The street-front parking area is convenient to locate and features an entrance pergola and small picnic shelter. The south entrance leads to the other activities your guests may enjoy, like the hiking trails. With benches and fishing platforms around the lake to provide vantage points, you and your guests will have no problem relaxing as you enjoy wildlife activity in a serene setting for your wedding celebration. Share your new beginning in the great outdoors at Walter C. Best Preserve.

Venue Style



Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 75 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 75 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 6:00AM. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $100 for a ceremony and reception and includes 17 hours of rental time excluding set up and clean up time. The fee for a ceremony only wedding is $100. Please note, rental fees (not including utility fees) are waived for county residents; inquire with venue for details. Special use permit is required for bringing in rental items (i.e. chairs).

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Walter C. Best Preserve, Geauga Park District is estimated at between $762 and $1,587 for a ceremony & reception for 50 guests.





Amenities Included

Tables and chairs provided
Venue set up and clean up
No kitchen
Public parking

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Music must end by 11:00PM
Special use permit is required for bringing in rental items (i.e. chairs)