Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Lowe-Volk Nature Center Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:00-4:00 Sun: Closed
Nature Photography Exhibit
Our Nature Photography Exhibit is open! The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28. It features photographers from around the state, as well as from local nature enthusiasts. The Nature Center is open Monday-Saturday from 8am-4pm. Stop in to see all the beautiful photographs.
Nature Camp Intern Jobs @ the CPD
The Crawford Park District is seeking to fill two Nature Camp Intern positions for the summer of 2017. We are looking for someone who is interested and excited about nature, but most importantly, sharing that interest and excitement with kids! For more information on the positions, follow this link, or hover over the "About the CPD" tab and follow the "Employment" drop-down link.
Look What's Happening at the CPD!!!
Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club Saturday, February 25 6:00pm Lowe-Volk Park Targets for the Winter Meeting Dates: The Andromeda Galaxy, located 2.5 million light years away! The Bok Clouds which are huge clouds of molecular gas and dust, blocking the star light behind them. Come and join us to view the wonders of our universe! If we have cloudy skies, we will meet inside and watch astronomy videos.
Nature Hike Sunday, February 26 3pm Heckert NP By late February winter is starting to loosen its grip. Winter bird flocks are breaking up and the first courtship calls can be heard. Warm days can bring out over-wintering butterflies. Meet Warren Uxley at Heckert Nature Preserve to see what this year’s season of transition will bring.
Arrowhead Day Saturday, March 4 10-2 Lowe-Volk Park If you are into pre-historic artifacts, this event is for you! Come see what other local collectors have found in the fields of Crawford County, as well as other areas. Members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio will also be on hand to display their collections. Come and view these displays, as well have your questions about unidentified items. Drag out that old cigar box and bring those artifacts to show off!
NATURE CENTER ATTENDENCE CONTINUES TO SOAR!
The staff at the Crawford Park District is excited to say that 2016 was a record year in attendance for us! We had 18,216 visitors stop in the Nature Center. That’s over 3,000 more than our previous record set in 2015. We also had 8 out of 12 months that reached a record high number of visitors. We strive to provide a variety of programs, displays, and events to meet the different interests of everyone in the community. Whether you stopped out for programs, played in the Kid’s Learning Tree, or came in to look at animals, thank you!
We are extremely proud of what we offer to all the visitors. We might be a little biased on how great this place is, but after searching dozens of visitors logs, and reading numerous comments of "awesome!", "great!", "wonderful!", "impressive", "fantastic", "fabulous", "peaceful & educational", and "GREAT-keep up the good work!", we’re confident you feel the same way. The show of support doesn’t end there. When visitors signed the log and left comments after a program they attended, they said "great program", "always something new & interesting", "thanks for the history & tour", "had fun looking for wooly bears", and "love the fossils!".
We are grateful for all of the support you’ve shown us over the years. Since the Nature Center opened in 2002, over 157,700 visitors have stepped through the doors. Most visitors came from Ohio, but there were visitors from 19 other states from Washington to New York and Michigan to Florida. We even had visitors from Germany, Russia, Korea, and Chili stop in!
Here are some last comments that make us proud of the Lowe-Volk Nature Center: it is "full of facts & always a great experience", "worth the drive", "a vision of wonder", and "what a local treasure!". We will continue to create fun, educational, unique, and memorable programs for all to enjoy. If you haven’t been to the Nature Center in a while, stop by to see what you’ve been missing!
Creature Feature: Bobcat
Bobcats are a very secretive animal and one of the very few true carnivores in the state, feeding mainly on rabbits and small rodents. While these are their major food items, other prey includes insects, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. One may envision a predatory Bobcat stalking and chasing down prey as their principal means of food acquisition. Bobcats actually lend themselves to the "lazy cat" assumption: sitting patiently until prey comes to them, with chases rarely exceeding 60 feet. Other life history tidbits include: can breed throughout the year, but typically Dec-May; 1-6 litter size, with 2+ be-ing the average; prefers woodland habitats, but can adapt to other ecosystems; home ranges may overlap, with females being more territorial and aggressive in warding off intruders.
Prior to settlement, Bobcat populations were concentrated mostly in two areas of the state: the Appalachian foothills in the southeast and the large swampy areas in the northwest. Due to habitat degradation and persecution from humans, Bobcats were extirpated from Ohio by 1850. Although unverified reports of Bobcat sightings were reported for the next 100 years, a reestablished population was not verified until the 1970’s. Since 1970, well over 1,000 verified sightings have been reported with over 95% occurring since 2000! The large increase in these sightings has since led to Bobcats being removed from the Ohio Endangered and Threatened Species list. Because much is yet to be learned about Ohio’s Bobcats, they are still protected and the Ohio Division of Wildlife monitors their population and distribution.