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
Look What's Happening at the CPD!!!
Wild Wednesday Wednesday, November 14 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park 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.
Nature Hike: Cooperrider Bog Saturday, November 17 9am Cooperrider-Kent Bog SNP The sphagnum bog is a rare occurrence in Ohio and Cooperrider is the best. Gray Birch and Tamarack trees are abundant here. Meet Warren Uxley at the Lowe-Volk parking lot to caravan for the 1.5 hour drive.
Animals of Halloween: Bats Saturday, November 17 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Halloween is a time for “Spooky” or “Scary” animals! The bat has been labeled as one of those misunderstood “monsters”. Join Abby to learn about the folklore that cause bats to be used during Halloween and how we can combat the myths! We encourage people with phobias to come and learn about our native bats and their behavior to overcome their fears!
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, November 24 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Crawford Park Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Targets for the fall months will include: Saturn, Mars, M-32 (an elliptical galaxy), and NGC-869 (a double cluster). The universe is an astronomical sight!
New at Lowe-Volk Park: Sandstone Rockscape
The Crawford Park District is pleased to announce the recent construction of A Sandstone Rockscape at Lowe-Volk Park. The rockscape was designed and built by a group of volunteers commonly called, The Cabin Guys. Their name was assigned because the men built the Dapper Cabin at Colonel Crawford Schools. The historic sandstone was donated by Chuck Kimerline of Bucyrus Road Materials and Nancy Everly of The Leesville Trading Post. Since sandstone was previously quarried at Lowe-Volk Park, it was the perfect building material for the rockscape.
Monarchs, Monarchs Everywhere!
It has been a GREAT year for seeing monarch caterpillars and butterflies! Overall across the United States there has been an increase of sightings. Every year, we are citizen scientists and order butterfly tags through Monarch Watch. We went through our first 100 monarch tags so quickly that we had to order more. Josh, Lisa, and Abby offered monarch tagging programs on 3 different dates for the opportunity to catch some wild butterflies and to also tag a few that we raised in the Nature Center. We had over 60 participants during those programs. Another opportunity the community had to experience monarch tagging is through some outreach programs to preschools, elementary schools, and senior living centers. Our latest Magical Monarch program was through our Puppet Pals adventure. We offered a puppet show, butterfly craft, monarch release, a chance to meet the cast of the show, and a photo op on stage! To date, we have tagged 128 monarch butterflies and encouraged them to “Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Gotta Go to Mexico!!” If you haven’t seen any yet, there are still a few chrysalises in the Nature Center that haven’t emerged yet, so stop out to see them. We will check back in late spring and early summer to Monarch Watch’s tagged butterfly recovery webpage to see if any of our butterflies were found!