Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Lowe-Volk Nature Center Hours: Mon-Sat:8:00am - 4:00pm Sun: Closed
Nature Camp Job Opportunity!
The CPD is hiring 2 Nature Camp Interns! The job is a seasonal, paid position. It is ideal for, but not limited to, college students. Click here to view the job description and employment application. Return your application, cover letter, and resume before March 29, 2019.
Look What's Happening at the CPD!!!
Volunteer Work Day Saturday, March 16 1-3pm Meet @ Lowe-Volk Park From old farm dumps to invasive plant removal, the CPD’s newly acquired land needs some TLC. Bring work gloves and a willing spirit. All other equipment will be provided. Meet at the Nature Center to help make this property one of Crawford County’s natural history gems.
Green Machines Monday, March 18 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Green drives the natural world, and is also the color for St. Patrick’s Day. Come and learn about the importance of green, from tiny four-leaved clovers to mighty trees. Joy Etter-Link will lead this green discovery into the importance of plants on out landscape. Fun the whole family!
Biomimicry Thursday, March 21 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park “Bio” means life and “mimicry” means to imitate. Come out for a program to learn about many inventions that have been inspired by different things in nature! For example, did you know the structures of hives and mounds have assisted architects and engineers? What other inventions are borrowed ideas?
Vernal Pool Exploration Saturday, March 23 10am Carpenter’s Bottom Vernal Pools are a diverse habitat to explore. Join Josh for an investigation of the vernal pools at Carpenter’s Bottom looking for bugs, frogs, and SALAMANDERS, of course! All ages welcome. Wear rubber boots.
Book Club Meeting Tuesday, March 26 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Do you love nature and also love to read? With the abundance of books available for nature lovers, sometimes it’s hard to choose the next great book to read. Join the Crawford Park District’s new Book Club, and we will figure it out together! Pre-registration is recommended as the club will be limited to 15 members. During this first meeting we will discuss the best time to schedule our meetings and to choose our first book. 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!
Volunteer Work Day Thursday, March 28 10am-12pm Meet @ Lowe-Volk Park From old farm dumps to invasive plant removal, the CPD’s newly acquired land needs some TLC. Bring work gloves and a willing spirit. All other equipment will be provided. Meet at the Nature Center to help make this property one of Crawford County’s natural history gems.
Ohio Bird Banders Association Meeting Saturday, March 30 8am-4pm Lowe-Volk Park The Crawford Park District is pleased to host the spring meeting of the Ohio Bird Banding Association. This meeting is open to the public. 8:00—10:30 Bird Banding at Lowe-Volk Park. Banding by Bob Placier, where we will examine early migrants and review bird molt. Continental breakfast and numerous nature and bird banding displays. Share banding experiences and use of the Pyle Guide - 1 & 2. Winter Banding Displays will be available for your review. 10:30—11:00 Take down banding nets and get ready for the business meeting. 11:00—12:00 OBBA Business meeting 12:00—12:45 Lunch and exchange ideas 1:00—1:40 Josh Dyer — Director — Avian History of Crawford County and the Surrounding Area. 1:45—2:20 Madeline Sudnick—Ohio University Student—The Effect of Blow Flies On Cavity Nesting Birds. 2:30—2:45 Short break 2:45—3:20 Dr. David Russell— Miami University—Using a 3D Printer to build and teach molts in Ornithology. Molt Limits and the WRP molt aging technique will be addressed. 3:25—3:45 Roundtable discussion of issues related to bird banding. [limit to 2 minutes each] 3:45—4:00 Clean up and have a safe trip home.
Eagle Watch Sunday, March 31 2pm Lowe-Volk Park What a comeback! Once driven to the brink of extinction, Bald Eagles are the epitome of wildlife recovery. Join Josh for this informative program that will examine the history of our National Symbol and its current status in Ohio. After the presentation, we will caravan to some of the active nests in Crawford County. Fun for the whole family.
Homeschool in Nature: Wildflowers Thursday, April 4 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Spring wildflowers will be popping up throughout the park. Rain or shine, we’re going to take a hike to see how many spring flowers we can find. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot for your 5-12 year old by April
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.