Lowe-Volk Nature Center
Friends of the CPD
Crawford Park District
2401 SR 598
Crestline, OH 44827
About the CPD
The mission of the Crawford Park District is to create, preserve, protect and manage a system of parks, nature preserves and outdoor recreational facilities held in public ownership by the citizens of Crawford County for the leisure use and enjoyment of this and future generations, with a focus on local cultural, historical, and natural resources.
Park Formation Steering Committee
Before the Crawford Park District was formed, a steering committee researched ideas and traveled to parts of Ohio to observe other Park Districts. After a public hearing, the Crawford Park District was formed on November 16, 1994 by probate Judge Steven Eckstein. Members of the Steering Committee were:
Mike Blaising Richard Carpenter Emerson Eckstein Dawn Hedges
Mentor Larsen John Mizick Mike Morton Gary Ogle
Steve Prochaska Jack Shuck Sonny Wechter
Kyle Hartman Jan Maddy Dave Roland
Advisory Board Members:
Chris Berry Richard Carpenter Jarrod Crabaugh Gary Cole
Peggy DeGray Matt Echelberry Cindy Edwards Joy Etter-Link
Dan Everly Susan Fogle Marline Garverick Cody Knapp
Dave Koepke Barb Koschnick Martha Kozik Kyle Laipply
Leslie Lawson John Mizick Lindy Rachel Jane Schnelker
Gene Toy Bruce Truka Joan Wolfe Candace Yocum
Josh Dyer - Director Patti Schiefer – Executive Secretary
Lisa Bogard - Naturalist Kathy Hicks – Receptionist
Abby Ditomassi - Naturalist Patti Gervais - Receptionist
Warren Uxley - Naturalist Kyle Bailey - Land Manager
Chelsea Gottfried - Naturalist Mike Fruth – Unger Maintenance
Joy Etter-Link - Program Assistant
The Crawford Park District was created on November 16, 1994 by Probate Judge Steven Eckstein following a public hearing. This followed two years of research and meetings by a volunteer committee organized by Richard Carpenter to form a park district. The District is governed by three volunteer Park Commissioners appointed by the Probate Judge. In addition, the Commissioners have appointed volunteers to serve on an Advisory Board to help guide the District. Primary goals of the Crawford Park District are to preserve nature for its enjoyment now and in the future and to educate citizens about the wonders of the natural world.
In 1998, the non-profit group, The Friends of the Crawford Park District, was organized to help fund projects and to support the mission of the Park District. Due to many grantor requirements, it was the Friends of the Crawford Park District who oversaw the funding and construction of the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center.
Current sites in the Crawford Park District include Unger Park, Lowe-Volk Park, Sears Woods State Nature Preserve, Heckert Nature Preserve, Daughmer Prairie Savannah State Nature Preserve, and Sandusky Wildlife Area. In addition, the Colonel Crawford Bikeway, which begins at Lowe-Volk Park, was set up to guide bikers over township and county roads.
The Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center opened on December 21, 2002. The Nature Center offers nature and history programs for families and environmental education programs to area schools and other community organizations. Our Nature Center is open year-round and features interpretive nature and local history exhibits, live animals, bird feeders, and butterfly garden observation room. There is also an active bee hive, children’s learning center, nature gift shop, and 2 six-foot diameter stained glass windows, all constructed in an environmentally friendly manner.
A quarterly newsletter is sent to over 1,000 supporters. Newsletters contain informational nature articles, news about Park District concerns, and most importantly, the newsletter details all scheduled public programs.