Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, OH 44827 419-683-9000
Lowe-Volk Nature Center Hours: Mon-Sat:8:00am - 4:00pm
Look What's Happening at the CPD!!!
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, January 25 7pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 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. Some of the targets for the winter are: *Jupiter, which is 1/2 billion miles away and has 4 moons! View it while it lasts, because it is quickly setting in the west. *Saturn-Lord of the Rings! This beautiful sight is 1 billion miles away. *Andromeda Galaxy-is 2.4 million light years away. You’ll first see if with your naked eyes and then get a better look through a telescope. *Winter Sky-is completely different from the summer sky. The Milky Way’s outer band isn’t nearly as bright. *Comets, (a comet is a dirty snowball from deep space.)
Nature Story Time Monday, January 27 10:30am Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 The Crawford Park District invites young children and their adults to join Lisa for story time every Monday this winter! Listen to a different nature-themed book each week. After reading the story, we will have an activity, game, or craft that goes along with the story.
Book Club*NOTICE OF DATE CHANGE* Wednesday, January 29 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Do you love nature and also love to read? With the abundance of books available for nature lovers, sometimes it is hard to choose the next great book to read. Join the Crawford Park District’s Book Club and we will figure it out together! Pre- Registration is recommended as the club will be limited to 15 members. So come armed with your favorite book about nature or a nature centered book you want to read and be ready to make your case to the club! Meetings are held at the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center the last Tuesday of each month.
Nature Story Time Monday, February 3, 10:30am Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 The Crawford Park District invites young children and their adults to join Lisa for story time every Monday this winter! Listen to a different nature-themed book each week. After reading the story, we will have an activity, game, or craft that goes along with the story.
Ruffling Feathers & Other Courtship Displays Monday, February 3 6pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Join the Crawford Park District for a program on animal courtship. The Bower Bird is well known for his elaborate nest structure and “dance moves” to attract a mate, but many other animals put on equally complex shows. From jumping spiders to pea fowl, Joy Etter-Link will share various ways animals find mates. For school-aged children up to 5th grade accompanied by an adult.
Wild Wednesday Wednesday, February 5 10am Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Come to the Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Park 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.
Homeschool in Nature: Everybody Needs a Home Thursday, February 6 9:30am, 11am, & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 This month we are going to learn about the different homes an animal requires depending on their needs in the environment. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot for your 5-12 year old by February 5.
Heart of Stone Craft Thursday, February 6 6pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Landscape stones make the perfect “canvas” for a small natural decoration. The Crawford Park District’s Patti Gervais will guide participants in creating their own lovely Valentine’s Day craft. Pre-registration is required by February 5 and limited to 25 participants.
Recycling Saturday, February 8 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 Due to cold temperatures, volunteers may not be available to help with unloading. The Colonel Crawford Lions Club and The Friends of the Crawford Park District will have a RECYCLE DAY the second Saturday of each month through the year. We will be accepting: Cardboard Clear/brown/green/blue glass (separate by color) #1 (PETE) plastics #2 (HDPE) plastics (colors do not have to be separated) Newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail Steel cans Aluminum cans Household batteries Eyeglasses CFL lightbulbs - from households only, no businesses please
Laptops, tablets & cell phones.--------NO ELECTRONICS - NO COMPUTER TOWERS - NO COMPUTER MONITORS -OR- TELEVISIONS----------------- Any recyclables taken to the Crawford Park District, outside of the second Saturday of every month do not get credited to the Park District. If you would like the money generated from recycling to go to them, you must take your recyclables to the Park District during their monthly collections.
Track Me Down Saturday, February 8 1pm Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road. With diverse habitats, The Crawford Park District’s Unger Park is a great place to look for signs of animals. We’ll look for tracks, trails, burrows, chewings…even scat! Join Josh on the romp through Unger Park finding evidence of any animal, large and small. Fun for the family! Unger Park is located just west of Bucyrus on Bucyrus-Nevada Road.
Tellin’ Tales: Ghosts and Other Weird Tales Saturday, February 8 2:30pm Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598 The Crawford Park District invites you to bring your stories and accounts of the odd and unusual to this quarter’s Tellin’ Tales. The program will be led by local historian Mike Hocker, and is a chance for your to listen and share your local legend.
Junior Naturalist Club
Consider joining the new and improved Junior Naturalist Club with the Crawford Park District! Open to anyone age 12-18 who has an interest in nature or animal related careers, or just want to spend time learning about nature with a group of young professionals. Our meetings will be held once a month on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 5pm, starting March 9th! The meeting topics will depend on the interests of the participants, but we hope to learn about conducting educational programming, conservation, animal care, and natural history. As well as having guest speakers and field trips. To apply, please download and fill out the application below and drop it off to Naturalist Abby at the front desk of the Nature Center or scan it and email her at email@example.com.
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.