Schanzenbach Prairie Sunday, August 20 2pm 4924 Henry Cooper Rd. For several years, Mark Schanzenbach has been converting rolling farm ground into a conservation oasis. While his tallgrass prairie has improved the diversity of the landscape, Mark’s addition of wetlands has greatly enhanced his conservation efforts. Join Mark on a tour through his prairie that will focus on the importance of his wetlands and their function in land conservation.
Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Don’t miss this opportunity to see the solar eclipse through the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club’s Solar Telescope. If you received your solar glasses at one of the informational programs, bring them with you, along with a lawn chair, to relax and observe this astronomical event. Stop by for a few moments to gaze, or stay for the duration of the eclipse.
Canoeing Saturday, August 26 10am Neff Reservoir Join Lisa and Josh for a morning paddle around the Neff Reservoir. Learn some canoeing basics and take to the water! Pre-registration is required before August 25.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, August 26 9pm Lowe-Volk Park 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 summer include our largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe!
Hunting Lottery Sunday, August 27 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Call 419-683-9000 for more details.
Nature’s Wacky and Weird Tuesday, August 29 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Nature has unique ways of adapting to survive. Come to the Nature Center to learn about some of nature’s fascinating ways of survival. There will be talk of regurgitation, defecation, and other body phenomenon! Suitable for school age and up.
Wild Wednesday Wednesday, August 30 10am & 2pm Come to the Nature Center and enjoy an hour of nature exploration! Program topics will vary and may include a story, short hike, craft, or a visit from an animal. For pre-schoolers and their parents. Come dressed for the weather.
Asters Wednesday, Aug. 30 7pm Unger Park Beautiful and often difficult to identify, this program will look at the many different Asters that are found in our woodlands and fields. Meet Warren Uxley at the Unger parking lot.
Singing Insect Tour Thursday, August 31 7pm Meet at the Mural in Downtown Bucyrus Just because you walk/live in town, doesn’t mean that nature is absent! Our late summer songsters, the singing insects, are heating up. Join Josh for this casual stroll through Bucyrus to listen and learn about the ticks, trills, and shuffles that emanate from your lawn, shrubs, and tree tops.
Historic Seed Wreath
Don Reed donated a seed wreath to the Crawford Park District that gives a glimpse of local natural history and the talents of former citizens. The seed wreath was made by his grandmother, Jennie E. Failor Wyss, when she was only sixteen. Jennie was born in 1871, which would make the seed wreath 130 years old. Before marrying Albert F. Wyss, Don’s grandmother lived on the Failor family farm which was located in Eden Township of Wyandot County at the northeast corner of SR 231 and the "Old Bucyrus Rd." Bucyrus Road became the Lincoln Highway and is currently County Road 330. Don Reed was lucky enough to have his grandmother share with him some history of the seed wreath’s construction. She made the "flowers" from seeds that were glued to tin metal discs. The metal discs were then supported by wire. Apparently, Grandma had an eye for detail and was artistic in her talents. She even constructed and placed in the wreath a dog with a basket in its mouth. Quite a feat when you are using seeds as your medium! Apparently, patience was also one of Grandma’s virtues. The seed wreath is over 2 feet wide and is on display at Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center.You need to see the seed wreath to appreciate its construction and the natural history it conveys.
NATURE CENTER ATTENDANCE 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!
Darkest Place in Crawford Co. Contest
Do you have the darkest place in Crawford County? Artificial Light pollutes the view of 83% of the Earth's population to the night sky. Due to light pollution, the Milky Way is not even visible to more than one-third of humanity.
This has inspired the Lowe Volk Astronomy Club to look for the darkest location in Crawford County. Contact the Park District and club members will come to your property and measure the sky’s darkness with a Sky Quality Meter. It could be your yard, your back-forty, or even some non-descript locale in rural Crawford County. If you have the darkest place, we’ll conduct a Night Sky Program at your property during the summer program quarter. We will be able to show the beautiful night sky to kids and interested adults, unimpeded by artificial light.
Contact the CPD at 419-683-9000 if you are willing to let an Astronomy Club member come and measure your darkest location and also to host a future Sky Program. You can help prevent light pollution by turning off unnecessary lights or by putting them on motion detectors. Make sure the light falls to the ground ,not up into the sky.