July 10, 2pm @ Lowe-Volk Park Kids 16 and under are invited to participate in this exciting event that celebrates the prowess of our leaping amphibians, the frogs! Click here for event rules and details.
Glad to be on Board!!! By Lisa Bogard
Hello! I’m Lisa Bogard, your new naturalist at the Crawford Park District. I’m very excited and honored to be the lucky candidate who was selected to fill this position. I came in during a very busy time and so far, my first month here has been great! I’m enjoying getting to know the local schools and community through their end-of-the-school-year field trips. Everyone has been so accepting and welcoming.
Here’s a little background on me, and how I got to where I am today. I grew up in Xenia, Ohio, always loving animals and wanting to care for them. So the most logical choice in my young eyes was to become a veterinarian. After high school, I moved to Findlay to attend the University of Findlay’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine program. While working on my undergrad degree, I was offered a position as a Children’s Zoo Keeper at the Toledo Zoo. What I thought was going to be just a summer job turned into 2 summers, and then shifted into working year-round in the education department. I quickly realized that educating all ages about conservation efforts, animals, and nature in an informal setting was not only rewarding, but it was fun as well. I spent over 11 years in the education department discovering this new found passion and sharing it with thousands of others. During that time I completed two Bachelor of Science degrees in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Biology. A few years later I was accepted into a master’s program called Project Dragonfly through Miami University. After leaving the zoo, I worked in a child care facility for a little over a year while finishing my Master of Arts in Zoology degree. Shortly after that, I started working part-time for the Hancock Park District as a Program Specialist. Two years later, I saw this amazing opportunity with the CPD and knew I had to apply.
My life isn’t just about work. I have a husband, a 10 year-old daughter, and 3 dogs that keep me busy. I love to travel and explore new locations and cultures. I’m hoping to check a few European countries off of my bucket list next year. I enjoy running in unique races with fun destinations and also competing in sprint triathlons. I still love animals and nature just as much as when I was a child, but it has expanded to encompass more than just mammals and snakes. At the end of the night, I love to read to wind down from my busy day.
I like to say I’m just a big kid, and I enjoy learning something new every day. It’s important for me to remind people that you’re never too old to play outside. I’m looking forward to learning, growing, and working many years in this great community. If you’re interested in coming out for a field trip, need a program to come to you, or want to work on a scout badge, give me a call and we will schedule something as soon as we can. I look forward to meeting you and can’t wait to start recognizing some familiar faces. Naturalist, Lisa Bogard, sharing wetland wonders.
Stars of the CPD
Two volunteers at the Crawford Park District have been key players in making an impact on the local interest and knowledge gained by presenting astronomy as an inspiring outdoor nature activity. They are Dan Everly and Bryan Summer. Along with other amateur astronomers, they have insured that monthly night sky programming continues to provide an opportunity for citizens of all ages and levels of previous knowledge to explore and enjoy the countless wonders that await them on a clear night. Dan Everly has been interested in astronomy for over 50 years and has been a member of the Warren Rupp Observatory for 20 years. When asked about some of his favorite astronomy related activities, Dan said, “Doing public outreach is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoy teaching kids how to observe the sky. I have access to a portable planetarium and enjoy taking it to schools and scouting events.” Whether it be Lowe-Volk Park, Rupp Observatory, local schools or scout meetings, Dan is eager to share his astronomy passion and knowledge in ways that make any night sky, a “star party”! The Friends of the CPD is fortunate to have Dan as a Lowe-Volk Park Astronomy Club organizer and also as a newly elected Friends Trustee. Community minded, and always ready to give his time and talents, he is truly, “Dan the Man”! Bryan Summer is a teacher in the Galion City Schools and works with Grades 3 – 5 Multi-handicap students. When asked to reflect on his Night Sky experiences at Lowe-Volk Park, it is evident that he is a dedicated educator. Bryan said, “ I really enjoy teaching astronomy and showing park visitors the amazing sights of stars, planets and constellations.” He excitedly adds, “Lowe-Volk Park provides a dark sky location for exceptional views of the night sky.” Bryan has supported the mission of the CPD in various ways beyond the Night Sky programs. He has brought the Galion Elementary Multi-handicap students to Lowe-Volk Park for field days on many occasions, has been an exhibitor at Rock ‘n Fossil Day and is a core member of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club. If you know Bryan, you will agree that he is a burst of energy! Both Dan and Bryan encourage you to join them at Lowe-Volk Park. Be sure to ask questions while discovering the wonders of the universe. While looking at the stars, you will be assisted by two of Crawford Park District’s star volunteers!