Toddler Trot Monday, September 18 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Getting children outside has many benefits, from an environmental awareness to better health. Join Crawford Park District Naturalist Josh Dyer and McKinley for this stroll through Lowe-Volk Park to explore the trails and pond. For kids not quite in school and younger. Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30.
BINGO Hike Tuesday, September 19 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name OH! Join the Crawford Park District for a unique twist on BINGO. While taking a walk through the park, we will mark our cards when Lisa stops to talk about something along the trail. We’ll learn about nature while playing a game in the process. When you get 5 in a row on your card it’s time to yell “I LOVE NATURE”! Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30.
Singing Insect Tour Wednesday, September 20 7pm Downtown Crestline - Meet at the Gazebo on Seltzer St.Just because you walk/live in town, doesn’t mean that nature is absent! Our late summer songsters, the crickets, katydids, and cicadas, are still singing. Join Crawford Park District Naturalist Josh Dyer for this casual stroll through Crestline to learn about the ticks, trills, and shuffles that emanate from your lawn, shrubs, and tree tops.
Prairie Wildflowers Sunday, September 24 3pm Salem Cemetery Prairie Intersection of Lower Leesville Rd & Parcher Rd Meet Crawford Park District Naturalist Warren Uxley at the Salem cemetery to discover prairie wildflowers. The tall-grass prairies of Ohio are renowned for their late summer displays of wildflowers. The Salem prairie is a restoration project that is in its 12th year and it is now one of the best prairies in northern Ohio.
Camouflage Critters Monday, September 25 6pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Critters all over the earth use camouflage to survive, either to trick prey or to hide from predators. Join Crawford Park District’s Mandi Fruth to learn about the different camouflage techniques animals and plants utilize to survive. Kids will read a camo-themed book, take a camo hike, and make a bug craft. For kids aged 3-10 and their parents. Lowe-Volk Park is located 3 miles north of US Route 30.
New Bison Display
A mounted Bison head now oversees the Nature Center display hall. Ron Treisch, of Galion, Ohio, has raised Bison for many years. He decided it was time to have his large bull of 17 years, Bunyun, butchered. Ron had the bull butchered and sent his head and cape to Bloomfield’s Taxidermy to have it mounted. He determined it was going to be problematic to get the mount into his home, and also, not many would get to see it. He decided the best course of action would be to donate it to the CPD. While affixing a 100+lb bison head to any wall, house or nature center, has its issues, the opportunity for people to see it would’t be! The Bison mount is now on a long-term loan at the Nature Center. Come to the Nature Center to see Bunyun the Bison in his grandiose repose. Thanks, Ron!
Did you know...Buffalo and Bison are two distinct types of animals. Buffalo inhabit areas in Africa and Asia. Erroneously, early settlers called the American Bison a “buffalo”, as that is what they thought it resembled. Although there are no buffalo in North America, there were 4 different species of bison roaming the recently glaciated landscape. Three of them went the way of the Mastodon, leaving only one, Bison bison, the Ameri-can Bison.
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.