Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Lowe-Volk Nature Center Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:00-4:00 Sun: Noon-4:00
The Latest News from the CPD
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Sears Woods to be Closed for Controlled Hunts 10/8/2014 The Crawford Park District will be closing Sears Woods State Nature Preserve for 3 controlled hunts this coming hunting season. Hunting within the preserve is through lottery only and IS NOT open to the public.
Here are the dates Sears Woods will closed: October 11, 2014 November 22, 2014 December 6, 2014
As an organization, the Park District is centered on "Education through Preservation". As we preserve, we must also manage our resources responsibly. Deer herds continue to browse and graze on the botanical life that makes Sears Woods unique, not only Crawford County, but to Ohio as well. To that end, we have provided these public land hunting opportunities for sportsmen and women to aid in controlling the deer herd that utilizes Sears Woods.
For more information on these controlled hunts, or to get information on participating, contact the Park Office at 419-683-9000.
Fall Photo Contest 9/25/2014 Have you taken a photo in one of the parks of The Crawford Park District? If so, you are invited to take part in our "Fall Photo Contest". The contest is open to any and all who visit our parks. Submitted photos will be on display at the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center starting November 3 and continuing through the month. This is a great opportunity to go through your old photos or visit one of our parks and take some new shots.
Submitted photos must meet the following criteria: Photos must be taken within any of our Parks. 8x10 size and displayed on white foam board with 1" boarder. Deadline to submit is October 24. Winning categories include: Best of Show and Blue Ribbons. Age Levels: 16 and under 17 and over
For more information or questions, contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. You can also print off a "submission form", fill it out, and bring with your photo, but this is not necessary.
American Kestrel Highway Nest Box Program: Click the link below for some great photos of American Kestrels
being banded. Crawford Park District Naturalist, Warren Uxley, is
involved in monitoring these next boxes in Crawford County. You may have noticed the boxes mounted on the back of highway signs along US Route 30 in Wyandot, Crawford and Richland Counties. American Kestrel Banding.
Quarry Book Available
Thanks to funding from the Friends of the CPD, The History & Geology of the Leesville, Ohio Stone Quarries has been published.Written by Dana Martin Batory, of Crestline, the book is the result of fieldwork and research begun in Spring 2011.
Besides explaining the geology of the once famous sandstone deposit, the work details the histories of the quarries, tracing their development from their beginnings in the 1830s to their demise in 1912.At one time, the Leesville Stone Co. was a million dollar a year business and employed two hundred men.The commercial quarrying of sandstone in Leesville began and ended in Lowe-Volk Park.
The book also explains the quarrying and processing methods and describes the various products that were sold locally, throughout Ohio, and out of state as well.The 195-page book is illustrated with over 150 vintage and color photos, maps, and engravings of the quarries past and present, the machinery, tools, and products.
The book can be purchased at the Lowe-Volk Nature Center.Cost of the book will be $20.00, which includes tax. You may also purchase the book through PayPal by using the button below. The book can also be shipped for an extra $5.00.Make checks payable to the "Friends of the Crawford Park District". The Community Foundation of Crawford County funded extra books to be placed in all local and school libraries within Crawford County.The Park District will also occasionally host book signings at the park and elsewhere in the local area.
Park District Geo-Park Tour(4/18/14) This tour will take you to all of our parks
where you will find geocaches (listed on www.geocaching.com) placed by the
Crawford Park District. Each of these geocache containers hold a keyword. Log that keyword on our Tour Page and return
to the Lowe Volk Park Nature Center to redeem for a collectible Geocaching item,
a Pathtag! For worksheet, click below.