Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Lowe-Volk Nature Center Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm Sun: Noon-4:00pm
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center will be closed on Thursday, November 23.
The Nature Center will be open on Friday November 24 and Saturday, November 25 from 8am to 4pm Sunday, November 26 from noon to 4pm
Look What's Happening at the CPD!!!
Sounds Like Nature Tuesday, November 21 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 When you’re outside, take a minute to stop and listen to the noises around you. In a short time, you could hear a dozen different sounds. Join Crawford Park District Naturalist Lisa Bogard at the Nature Center to listen to and make squawks, squeaks, rattles, and more sounds that replicate animals, plants, and other phenomena of nature. All ages are welcome! Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, November 25 6pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 The Crawford Park District invites you to join members of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Sky targets for the fall include m-13 globular cluster, Saturn and its rings, Andromeda Galaxy, and meteor showers. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe! Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30.
Bird Walk Sunday, November 26 2pm Sears Woods, 1486 Mt. Zion Rd. Meet Crawford Park District Naturalist Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot for a bird walk. Conditions far to the north of Ohio dictate what types of birds will spend the winter in the Buckeye State. Last year brought a spectacular invasion of northern finches; come and learn what this year will bring. Sears Woods is located west of Bucyrus on Mt. Zion Road.
New Bison Display
A mounted Bison head now oversees the Nature Center display hall. Ron Treisch, of Galion, Ohio, has raised Bison for many years. He decided it was time to have his large bull of 17 years, Bunyun, butchered. Ron had the bull butchered and sent his head and cape to Bloomfield’s Taxidermy to have it mounted. He determined it was going to be problematic to get the mount into his home, and also, not many would get to see it. He decided the best course of action would be to donate it to the CPD. While affixing a 100+lb bison head to any wall, house or nature center, has its issues, the opportunity for people to see it would’t be! The Bison mount is now on a long-term loan at the Nature Center. Come to the Nature Center to see Bunyun the Bison in his grandiose repose. Thanks, Ron!
Did you know...Buffalo and Bison are two distinct types of animals. Buffalo inhabit areas in Africa and Asia. Erroneously, early settlers called the American Bison a “buffalo”, as that is what they thought it resembled. Although there are no buffalo in North America, there were 4 different species of bison roaming the recently glaciated landscape. Three of them went the way of the Mastodon, leaving only one, Bison bison, the Ameri-can Bison.
Volunteers Equal Success!!!
People often ask how the Park District gets so much done with a relatively small staff. There are many factors involved, but the central two are a quality, dedicated staff who work together for a common goal and the huge support that is offered by our unselfish volunteers. Although we are a County Park system, we have our own volunteer Park Commissioners who are appointed by the Crawford County Probate Judge, Stephen Eckstein. We also have Advisory Board members, who function as volunteer leaders and whose input is valued by the Commissioners and the Director. From that point on, many individuals give their time and talents to keep this Park District in the forefront of nature education and nature preservation. This past summer, the larger events like Animal Extravaganza, Water Carnival, and the recent Eclipse gathering were huge success stories which could not have happened without our community volunteers.
Using the Water Carnival as an example, we had thirty volunteers performing all kinds of important tasks! Sometimes, volunteers are provided by other community organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, Kohl’s of Mansfield, or our own Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club. Volunteerism is alive and well in Crawford County which enables great things to happen for a great community! To volunteer for the Crawford Park District, simply fill out the Volunteer Enrollment Form and return it to Lowe-Volk Nature Center.
Improvements at Lowe-Volk Park
If you have yet to visit Lowe-Volk Park this summer, you’ve missed some great improvements. With the loss of the ash trees in the front yard of the Nature Center, a new shaded picnic area has been established in the woods just north of the kiosk. Picnic tables are in place and many visitors have utilized the shade it provides. Hiking through the woods, one will notice the next improvement. Over the years, erosion has taken its toll on the main trail/access drive that starts at SR 598 and meanders back to the Allen Run Bridge. Roots were heavily exposed creating a nasty tripping pitfall. Stone has been laid to cover the roots, eliminating the trip hazard and making it more accessible to those with strollers and limited mobility. While hiking this newly covered trail to the Allen Run Bridge, the third improvement will make itself manifest. Steps have been constructed down the hill for visitors to more easily descend the steep grade. While the CPD strives to conserve and preserve nature, we also want to ensure enjoyable and safe accessibility for everyone while maintaining the integrity our natural areas. Come for a hike and stay for a picnic. You won’t regret it!