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!!!
Sweetgum: The Star of Lowe-Volk Monday, October 8 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Lloyd Volk planted trees on his farm prior to donating it to the Park District, and Sweetgum was a favorite! Joy Etter-Link will have amazing facts and a fun craft as you explore the tree with the star-shaped leaves. For kids up to grade 5 accompanied by an adult.
Archery Pumpkin Shoot Wednesday, October 10 5:30pm Unger Park You may have been to one of our past archery programs, but this one will be like none other! Join Lisa and Abby for an evening archery pumpkin shoot that will test your skills as the “targets” get smaller and smaller. All equipment will be provided.
Seed Collection Saturday, October 13 1pm Unger Park Come and help the Park District continue its mission of fostering the use of native plants in our environment by collecting native plant seed. All equipment will be provided. Meet Warren Uxley at Unger Park.
Animals of Halloween: Spiders Saturday, October 13 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Halloween is a time for “Spooky” or “Scary” animals! The spider has been labeled as one of those misunderstood “monsters”. Join Abby to learn about the myths and folklore that causes spiders to be used during Halloween and how we can combat the myths! We encourage people with phobias to come and learn and experience a live spider to overcome their fears!
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!
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!