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, October 17 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.
Halloween Family Fun Night Saturday, October 20 6-9pm Lowe-Volk Park Come to Lowe-Volk Park and celebrate with a night filled with fall fun! Dress in your Halloween costume or just come to enjoy the activities. There will be a bonfire, face painting, nature art, wagon rides, and a treat bag for kids. Bring a flashlight and go on a guided night hike through the haunted woods or go on a self-guided clue hike around the grass mounds. Bring the whole family!
Leaf Decoupage Tuesday October 23 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Candy Yocum is back for a fall leaf and wood craft. Pick your favorite leaf and press it ahead of time for this activity or use one we have collected. You will paint your 6”x6” wood with a color of your choice and then decoupage a leaf onto it. The class is limited to 30 participants ages 8 and up. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot by October 22.
Toddler Trot: Lookin’ at Leaves Thursday, October 25 5:30pm Sears Woods Sears Woods is a great place to explore, especially when it comes to leaves! Join Josh and McKinley as they trot the trail, using leaves to match shapes and colors, compare sizes, and count. For kids not quite in school and younger.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, October 27 7pm 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!
Homeschool in Nature: Aves Thursday, November 1 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park No, I don’t mean avenues. We are learning about birds this month. A pelican can hold over 2 gallons of water in its bill! What other fun bird beak and bill facts will you learn? Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot for your 5-12 year old by October 31.
Saw-Whet Owls Friday, November 2 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Secretive and nocturnal, Saw-whets are Ohio’s smallest owl. With a handful of nesting records in Ohio, Saw-whets breed mostly in northern boreal forests, with some venturing south in the fall and winter months. Bird bander Bob Placier will bring his mist nets back to Lowe-Volk to gather data on these diminutive owls. A PowerPoint presentation will be followed by checks of the mist nets in the hopes of catching a few of these nocturnal flyers. Between net checks, there will be a craft and campfire to enjoy the fall evening. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight! Fun for the whole family!
Fall Bird Banding Saturday, November 3 8am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park Fall bird banding gives us insight into bird populations that remain in or come to Crawford County for the winter. Bob Placier will have his nets open and traps set to see who is hanging around this time of year. Fun for all ages!
Retirement Open House Saturday, November 3 11am-1pm Lowe-Volk Park Bill’s official last day with the CPD is October 31. Come to the Nature Center to celebrate and honor the legacy he has left, not just for the Park District, but for the citizens of Crawford County and beyond.
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!