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!!!
Wild Wednesday Wed, March 22 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. Morning and afternoon programs will be similar, just choose the time that best fits your schedule.
Vernal Pool Exploration Saturday, March 25 1pm Carmean Woods Vernal Pools are a diverse habitat to study. Join Josh as he initiates an investigation of the wetland at Carmean Woods, looking for bugs, frogs, and SALAMANDERS, of course! All ages welcome and wear rubber boots. We will meet at the Sears Woods parking lot and hike to Carmean Woods.
Night Sky Saturday, March 25 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.
Nature Hike Sunday, March 26 3pm Heckert Nature Preserve The first days of spring are a time of rapid change. Birds begin their breeding cycle, amphibians, plants and even insects emerge after months of dormancy. Meet Warren Uxley at the Heckert parking lot.
Weeds Be Gone? Tues, March 28 5pm Heckert Nature Preserve Do we really want weeds to go away? Come out and join Lisa on National Weed Appreciation Day to see what the big deal is about with these "unwanted" plants. Hint, hint… they are very beneficial! We’ll take a hike through Heckert while learning about the usefulness of these plants.
Wild Wednesday Wed, March 29 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. Morning and afternoon programs will be similar, just choose the time that best fits your schedule.
The Timberdoodle Dance Thursday, March 30 7:30pm Sears Woods The "sky dance" of the American Woodcock (a.k.a. the timberdoodle) is a spectacular display of buzzy "peents", twittering flights, and tumbling falls back to Earth…all to attract the attention of a mate. Join Josh for this fun program that investigates the nighttime courtship ritual of one of Crawford County’s earliest bird migrants, the American Woodcock.
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.