Canoeing Tuesday, July 18 6:30pm Pines Reservoir Join Lisa and Josh for an evening paddle around the Pines Reservoir. Learn some canoeing basics and take to the water! Pre-registration is required before July 17.
Moths & More! Friday, July 21 9pm Lowe-Volk Park Moths are vital links in our ecosystems. Join Josh for this evening program on this diverse group of mostly nocturnal fliers. We’ll have a light set up to attract the moths and also take some short night hikes to discover other nocturnal animals. Fun for the whole family!
Solar Eclipse Safety Program Saturday, July 22 8pm Lowe-Volk Park Come to receive your pair of solar safety glasses for the August 21 Solar Eclipse. Stay for the Night Sky Program!
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, July 22 9pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Sky targets for the summer include our largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe!
Let the Sunshine in! Monday, July 24 6pm Lowe-Volk Park We all enjoy the warmth of a nice cloudless sky, but did you know that sunlight is more than a perk of a pretty day? Sunlight is essential to most life on Earth, and without it our planet would be a very different place. Join Mandi Fruth for a look at this amazing star and the benefits it provides us and the ecosystems around us. There will be a sunny story and a sunlight inspired craft for ages 3-10. Pre-registration is required before July 23.
Sensory Hike Tuesday, July 25 6pm Lowe-Volk Park This sensory hike is geared towards families that have children with autism. We will take a quiet stroll through the park to listen for the calls of birds, such as the "SWEET, SWEET, SWEET, I’M SO SWEET" song of the Yellow Warbler. While keeping an eye out for any ants or other insects scurrying across the trail, we’ll also stop to smell the mountain mint. We may even taste a plant or two.
Solar Eclipse Safety Program Saturday, July 29 8pm Lowe-Volk Park Come to receive your pair of solar safety glasses for the August 21 Solar Eclipse. Stay for the Night Sky Program!
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, July 29 9pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Sky targets for the summer include our largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe!
Nature Hike Sunday, July 30 2pm Unger Park Late July brings many subtle but important changes in the natural world. Birds have stopped singing but the insects take their place, and the grassland forbs come into brilliant flower. Meet Warren Uxley at the Unger parking lot.
Historic Seed Wreath
Don Reed donated a seed wreath to the Crawford Park District that gives a glimpse of local natural history and the talents of former citizens. The seed wreath was made by his grandmother, Jennie E. Failor Wyss, when she was only sixteen. Jennie was born in 1871, which would make the seed wreath 130 years old. Before marrying Albert F. Wyss, Don’s grandmother lived on the Failor family farm which was located in Eden Township of Wyandot County at the northeast corner of SR 231 and the "Old Bucyrus Rd." Bucyrus Road became the Lincoln Highway and is currently County Road 330. Don Reed was lucky enough to have his grandmother share with him some history of the seed wreath’s construction. She made the "flowers" from seeds that were glued to tin metal discs. The metal discs were then supported by wire. Apparently, Grandma had an eye for detail and was artistic in her talents. She even constructed and placed in the wreath a dog with a basket in its mouth. Quite a feat when you are using seeds as your medium! Apparently, patience was also one of Grandma’s virtues. The seed wreath is over 2 feet wide and is on display at Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center.You need to see the seed wreath to appreciate its construction and the natural history it conveys.
NATURE CENTER ATTENDANCE CONTINUES TO SOAR!
The staff at the Crawford Park District is excited to say that 2016 was a record year in attendance for us! We had 18,216 visitors stop in the Nature Center. That’s over 3,000 more than our previous record set in 2015. We also had 8 out of 12 months that reached a record high number of visitors. We strive to provide a variety of programs, displays, and events to meet the different interests of everyone in the community. Whether you stopped out for programs, played in the Kid’s Learning Tree, or came in to look at animals, thank you!
We are extremely proud of what we offer to all the visitors. We might be a little biased on how great this place is, but after searching dozens of visitors logs, and reading numerous comments of "awesome!", "great!", "wonderful!", "impressive", "fantastic", "fabulous", "peaceful & educational", and "GREAT-keep up the good work!", we’re confident you feel the same way. The show of support doesn’t end there. When visitors signed the log and left comments after a program they attended, they said "great program", "always something new & interesting", "thanks for the history & tour", "had fun looking for wooly bears", and "love the fossils!".
We are grateful for all of the support you’ve shown us over the years. Since the Nature Center opened in 2002, over 157,700 visitors have stepped through the doors. Most visitors came from Ohio, but there were visitors from 19 other states from Washington to New York and Michigan to Florida. We even had visitors from Germany, Russia, Korea, and Chili stop in!
Here are some last comments that make us proud of the Lowe-Volk Nature Center: it is "full of facts & always a great experience", "worth the drive", "a vision of wonder", and "what a local treasure!". We will continue to create fun, educational, unique, and memorable programs for all to enjoy. If you haven’t been to the Nature Center in a while, stop by to see what you’ve been missing!
Darkest Place in Crawford Co. Contest
Do you have the darkest place in Crawford County? Artificial Light pollutes the view of 83% of the Earth's population to the night sky. Due to light pollution, the Milky Way is not even visible to more than one-third of humanity.
This has inspired the Lowe Volk Astronomy Club to look for the darkest location in Crawford County. Contact the Park District and club members will come to your property and measure the sky’s darkness with a Sky Quality Meter. It could be your yard, your back-forty, or even some non-descript locale in rural Crawford County. If you have the darkest place, we’ll conduct a Night Sky Program at your property during the summer program quarter. We will be able to show the beautiful night sky to kids and interested adults, unimpeded by artificial light.
Contact the CPD at 419-683-9000 if you are willing to let an Astronomy Club member come and measure your darkest location and also to host a future Sky Program. You can help prevent light pollution by turning off unnecessary lights or by putting them on motion detectors. Make sure the light falls to the ground ,not up into the sky.