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
The Latest News from the CPD
Upcoming Program Hosted by Earth, Wind, & Flowers Garden Club Native Plants Add Drama: Monday, April 6 7pm @ Lowe-Volk Park The WildOnes like to say, “If the only thing moving in your Lawn is your lawn-mower, then it is time to rethink your landscape.” Cheryl harner will present a colorful power-point program, with lots of drama! Learn how to attract the insects and animals you love to watch, and avoid the pitfalls of attracting nature’s not-so-nice. Plant native plants, and add a little drama into your life! Cheryl Harner is interested in all forms of flora and fauna and fascinated by the connections between botany and wildlife. She is an avid gardener and life-long wildflower and butterfly enthusiast. Her extensive volunteer work includes long-time leadership in Ohio Ornithological Society and Richland County Master Gardeners. She currently serves two land trust boards and works as an environmental educator and advocate for nature. Co-founder of Flora-Quest, she writes a native plant, bird and butterfly blog for its website: Weedpicker’s Journal (www.cherylharner.blogspot.com).
Amphibians on the March (3-17-2015) As winter turns into spring, little forest creatures emerge from their hibernation to embark on a journey that will take them to the place of their birth. Woodland frogs and Ambystoma salamanders will soon be migrating to a swamp, or vernal pool, near you. These temporary habitats are vital not only for these amphibians, but for a host of other species as well. The Crawford Park District has 3 programs designed to explore this "awakening" of our forests. All 3 programs will take place at Heckert Nature Preserve. For more specifics on what each program will cover, and for other programming information, refer to our Programs/Events page. See you soon at the vernal pool! Vernal Pool: Nighttime Journey Friday, March 20 7:30pm Nature Hike Sunday, March 22 3pm Explore a Vernal Pool Saturday, March 28 1pm
Quarry Book Available Thanks to funding from the Friends of the CPD, The History & Geology of the Leesville, Ohio Stone Quarries has been published.Written by Dana Martin Batory, of Crestline, the book is the result of fieldwork and research begun in Spring 2011.
Besides explaining the geology of the once famous sandstone deposit, the work details the histories of the quarries, tracing their development from their beginnings in the 1830s to their demise in 1912.At one time, the Leesville Stone Co. was a million dollar a year business and employed two hundred men.The commercial quarrying of sandstone in Leesville began and ended in Lowe-Volk Park.
The book also explains the quarrying and processing methods and describes the various products that were sold locally, throughout Ohio, and out of state as well.The 195-page book is illustrated with over 150 vintage and color photos, maps, and engravings of the quarries past and present, the machinery, tools, and products.
The book can be purchased at the Lowe-Volk Nature Center.Cost of the book will be $20.00, which includes tax. You may also purchase the book through PayPal by using the button below. The book can also be shipped for an extra $5.00.Make checks payable to the "Friends of the Crawford Park District". The Community Foundation of Crawford County funded extra books to be placed in all local and school libraries within Crawford County.The Park District will also occasionally host book signings at the park and elsewhere in the local area.
American Kestrel Highway Nest Box Program: Click the link below for some great photos of American Kestrels
being banded. Crawford Park District Naturalist, Warren Uxley, is
involved in monitoring these next boxes in Crawford County. You may have noticed the boxes mounted on the back of highway signs along US Route 30 in Wyandot, Crawford and Richland Counties. American Kestrel Banding.
Park District Geo-Park Tour(4/18/14) This tour will take you to all of our parks
where you will find geocaches (listed on www.geocaching.com) placed by the
Crawford Park District. Each of these geocache containers hold a keyword. Log that keyword on our Tour Page and return
to the Lowe Volk Park Nature Center to redeem for a collectible Geocaching item,
a Pathtag! For worksheet, click below.