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!!!
Animals of Halloween: Snakes Saturday, September 22 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Halloween is a time for “Spooky” or “Scary” animals! The snake has been labeled as one of those misunderstood “monsters”. Join Abby to learn about the folklore that causes snakes 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 snake to overcome their fears!
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, September 22 8pm 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!
Pickin’ Pawpaws Sunday, September 23 1pm Carpenter’s Bottom Pawpaws are the largest edible tree fruit native to the United States. Join Josh and Lisa for a walk through Carpenter’s Bottom looking for these custard like fruits. We will even sample our harvest.
Fall Wildflowers Sunday, September 23 3pm Salem Prairie Late September is a time of transition; most plant species have become dormant in preparation for winter. Many wildflowers choose this time of the year to display their brilliance. Learn the late season wildflowers and their flowering ecology. Meet Warren Uxley at the Salem Prairie.
Canoeing Tuesday, September 25 6pm Amann Reservoir Join Josh and Lisa for an evening paddle around the Amann Reservoir (4977 State Route 309 Galion). After a lesson on some canoeing basics and safety, we will take to the water! Pre-registration is required by September 24.
Barb Dolch Memorial Bikeway Kick-off Saturday, September 29 9am Meet at Lowe-Volk Park Help memorialize the life of Barb Dolch by riding the bikeway named in her honor. Bike enthusiast Matt Echelberry will lead the 30-mile ride that traverses the eastern portion of Crawford County. Beginning at Lowe-Volk Park, the bikeway travels through farmland, along wooded river corridors, and through Galion and Crestline. There will be places along the way for breaks and water refilling. For those not wishing to ride the whole route, a pick-up is scheduled at the New Winchester Golf Course. Bring your family, bring your bikes, and enjoy the ride! A rain date for October 6.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, September 29 8pm 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!
Seccaium Park: Memories/Memorabilia Sunday, September 30, 2PM Ed and Dee Ann Speece's 1727 SR 19 If you have stories to tell, pictures to share, or you just want to learn about the former Secciaum Park, then plan to attend this special program. Secciaum Park was Crawford County's very own amusement park from 1899 until 1948. Ed and Dee Ann Speece own the property where the park was located. They have invited us to their picnic shelter on their pond to share information and to view some of Seccaium Park's remnants
New at Lowe-Volk Park: Sandstone Rockscape
The Crawford Park District is please 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!