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
Earth Day Fair Saturday, April 18 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 The Crawford Park District is partnering with the Crawford County Solid Waste District to host the first Earth Day Fair, to be held at Lowe-Volk Park. The focus of this event is not only to get people thinking about the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — but also about sustainability, creating backyard habitat, and much more! There will be many “green” table displays and activities. Some of the items at the fare include: Recycle Trailer, Recycled Project Display from Lisa Smith’s 4th Grade CC class, Composting Demo from the Soil and Water Cons. Dist., Stream Monitoring of the Sandusky River by ODNR's Scenic Rivers Program (weather permitting), Sandusky River Watershed Coalition, Native Plant Sale, Recycled Nature Craft, Natural Pesticides display, and displays from local businesses that demonstrate the focal points of this event. We will also be giving away trees to the first 100 visitors! Also during the event, OSU's Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Gibbs Lab will be gathering genetic samples from our local Gray Squirrel population. The public is welcome to participate. Come and celebrate Earth Day with us!
Earth Day 5K Saturday, April 25 Run/Walk starts @ 9am Aumiller Park The
Ohio Earth Day 5K committee has chosen the Friends of the CPD as the
beneficiary from the proceeds of this 5K. The Ohio Earth Day 5K will
start/finish in Aumiller Park and traverse over the Friendship Bridge,
along Oakwood Cemetery, and through the western edge of Bucyrus. If you would like to participate, you can register online at
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.