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
Look What's Happening at the CPD!!!
Nosing Around in Nature Wednesday, April 26 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Get your sniffers ready! If it is outside, we’re gonna sniff it! Join Josh for an olfactory good time in nature. We’ll smell the Earth, water, rocks, plants…anything we come across. Fun for the whole family! If everything tastes like chicken, does it all smell like chicken? Come to Lowe-Volk and find out!
Mohican Wildlife Weekend Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30 Lowe-Volk Park Goldenrod Galls 10am. Goldenrods are a wonderful species that attracts many different pollinators, from bees and butterflies, to beetles and wasps. While goldenrods are a late summer bloom, their dead stalks can still support life. A tiny fly, the Gall Fly, lays eggs on the growing stem of goldenrod and the larva overwinters in a little chamber created by the goldenrod plant. We will explore these little balls of treasure to see what is inside, and then go on a hike to explore the value in leaving your "dead" flowers stand over the winter. Fun for all ages! How Does Pollination Work? 12pm. Through a fun-filled – and tasty! – Cheetos activity, participants will understand how plants and animals make pollination work. Afterwards, there will be a Pollinator Scavenger Hunt. Fun for all ages! Successes of a Pollination Station 2pm. The grounds at Lowe-Volk Park have two active sites dedicated to pollinators: the Butterfly Garden and Pollination Station. These small sites are host to many native plants that attract a wide variety of pollinators, from hummingbirds to Monarchs. This short hike will follow the trail of successes – and set-backs – of each site, giving homeowners a taste for what they can expect in establishing their own tiny pollinator oasis on their property.
Night Sky Saturday, April 29 8pm Lowe-Volk Park The Big Dipper has many galaxies and will be our night sky target. The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is 30 million light years away. M81 and M82 are two galaxies tearing each other apart. We will also look at Globular Cluster (M5) that is made up of thousands of stars.
Hear Birdy, Birdy! Thursday, May 4 5pm Lowe-Volk Park Calling all bird nerds! Come to the Nature Center for National Bird Day! We’ll play bird themed games & activities and then take a hike to see or hear who’s around in the Park.
Bird Walk Saturday, May 6 9am Sears Woods More migratory birds pass through Ohio in early May than at any other time of the year. This massive movement of Warblers, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Vireos and Thrushes (to name just a few) is truly spectacular. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot.
Tellin’ Tales: The Sandusky River Saturday, May 6 2pm Lowe-Volk Park The Sandusky River has been a major environmental force in Crawford County and Ohio. Its physical and life supporting characters have had far reaching effects on the balance of ecosystems. Beginning with a general summary of the Sandusky River watershed, each attendee will have an opportunity to share their personal experiences related to the great and powerful Sandusky. From a childhood wading experience, or the sight of your first blue heron, to seeing the river extend past its boundaries in a raging flood, oral history will be shared. Bring any Sandusky River photos, news reports or items that will add to the richness of this learning experience.
Leesville History:The Leesville Jail and Stories of Leesville Rascals Saturday, May 6 3:15pm Lowe-Volk Park A catch-up session on the Leesville Jail is planned along with a focus on a few of the ornery Leesville residents whose antics were documented in local newspapers. Bring any information or photos that you may have that relate to the topic. Anyone who has a connection to Leesville or is interested in the history of our area is welcome to participate.
Homeschool in Nature: Archery Thursday, May 11 2pm Lowe-Volk Park We’re aiming to end the Homeschool in Nature Series with a little outdoor recreation fun! Sign up to nock an arrow and hit your mark on the target. The session is for homeschoolers ages 5-12 years. Call the Park District to reserve your spot in each class by May 10.
Bird Banding Saturday, May 13 7am – 1pm Lowe-Volk Park In conjunction with the Pancake Breakfast, we’ll be banding birds in the Bird Viewing Room of the Nature Center. Join Bob Placier, Josh, and Lisa for a morning of science! They’ll be monitoring mist nets to see which birds inhabit or pass through Lowe-Volk Park. Banding is used to track trends in bird populations, among other research applications. All ages welcome, and grab some pancakes in support of your Park District!
Pancakes in the Park Saturday, May 13 8am – 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Come and support your Parks while satisfying your appetite. Pancakes topped with REAL maple syrup, add a side of delicious ham, and a great morning will be had enjoying and supporting your Park District!
Recycling at the Nature Center Saturday, May 13 9am-noon Here is what you can bring: #1 & #2 plastics, glass, paper products & cardboard, steel & aluminum cans, CFL bulbs, batteries, old eye glasses, cell phones, tablets, & laptops. NO OTHER ELECTRONICS, MONITORS, ETC. WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Fly-Tying Saturday, May 20 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Dave Meadows will lead this informative program on fly-tying. Knowledge of matching the correct fly to the correct fishing goal is central to the process. Dave will cover the basic tools and skills needed to construct artificial flies that fish will attack.
Nature Hike Sunday, May 21 3pm Daughmer Savannah Many of the threatened plant species found at Daughmer are at their best in late spring. There is also an assemblage of colorful breeding birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Meet Warren Uxley at the Daughmer parking lot.
Race through the Woods Wednesday, May 24 5pm Unger Park What better way to spend National Scavenger Hunt day than to go racing through Unger Park to find the items on your scavenger hunt list. Some items will be easy to find and others you will have to search for.
Night Sky Saturday, May 27 8pm Lowe-Volk Park The Big Dipper has many galaxies and will be our night sky target. The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is 30 million light years away. M81 and M82 are two galaxies tearing each other apart. We will also look at Globular Cluster (M5) that is made up of thousands of stars.
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.