Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Snowflake String Art Tuesday, January 22 6pm Lowe-Volk Park People say that no two snowflakes are alike and this project will be no exception. Candy Yocum will be teaching us how to make a snowflake using string and nails on a 6x6” piece of wood. Bring your hammer and we’ll provide the rest. The class is limited to 20 participants ages 10 and up. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot by January 21. A $5 donation is recommended to cover the costs of supplies and can be paid that night.
Toddler Trot: Winter Trek Saturday, January 26 10am Lowe-Volk Park Nature play is the best play! Join Josh and McKinley for a stroll through the woods, climbing logs and flipping rocks. With some luck, snow will abound! For kids not quite in school and younger.
Retirement Open House for Rich Carpenter Saturday, January 26 11am-1pm Lowe-Volk Park After 24 years as a Park Commissioner, Rich has decided to hang up his hat. His dedication to the CPD has made an enormous impact on the quality of life in Crawford County. Join us at the Nature Center to honor his outstanding service to the CPD.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, January 26 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Crawford Park Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Targets for the winter months will include: M-32 (an elliptical galaxy), M-31 (in the Andromeda Galaxy), and the star cluster Hyades which is 153 light years away! The universe is an astronomical sight! Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Sparrows Sunday, January 27 3pm Lowe-Volk Park Sparrows are a group of birds that are always present in the environment; the species change with time but they are a vital part of nature. Meet Warren Uxley at the Lowe-Volk Nature Center at 3 PM.
Got Scales? Monday, January 28 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Many animals have scales covering their bodies: fish, snakes, even butterflies! Joy Etter-Link will lead kids on a scaly tour of the what’s and why’s of scales. In an effort to celebrate National Bubble Wrap Day, there will also be a craft made out of – bubble wrap! For kids in 5th grade and younger accompanied by an adult.
Photography Exhibit Kick-off Featuring Adam Brandemihl Saturday, February 2 12pm Lowe-Volk Park The CPD is pleased to have Dr. Adam Brandemihl as this year’s featured photographer. A presentation on bird photography will kick-off Dr. Brandemihl’s work. Following the presentation, a meet-and-greet will allow participants a chance to chat with Dr. Brandemihl about his work, equipment, and techniques.
Wings Over Ohio: A Photography Exhibit Featuring Adam Brandemihl Saturday February 2 through February 28 Lowe-Volk Park Dr. Brandemihl enjoys focusing on the technical side of photography and highlighting the bright colors and subtle textures of Ohio’s birds and butterflies. His work has been featured in the McConnell Arts Center as well as on the cover of Parkscope Magazine. Other magazines featuring his work include Columbus CityScene magazine and The Ohio Cardinal. He has lectured at the Focus Group Columbus on bird photography. His photographs are featured prominently by the Columbus Metro Parks in their park guides, magazines, brochures and social media sites. He is the winner of multiple ribbons in the Columbus Metro Parks photography contests. His photographs were most recently on display at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He’s also the founder of the Central Ohio Bird Photography group. Bird Feeders Sunday, February 3 2pm Lowe-Volk Park February is National Bird Feeding Month! It is a great time to make a tasty treat for our feathery friends that stay here for winter. We will make treats to decorate a few of our trees and shrubs in the park. The birds will thank you! Homeschool in Nature: World Travelers Thursday, February 7 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park This month we are going to take a trip around the world to discover where some invasive species originated from and how they have impacted our native species. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot for your 5-12 year old by February 6. Recycling at the Nature Center Saturday, February 9 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park Here is what you can bring: #1 & #2 plastics, glass, paper products & cardboard, steel & aluminum cans, CFL bulbs, batteries, old eye glasses, cell phones, tablets, & laptops. NO OTHER ELECTRONICS, MONITORS, ETC. WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Freezin’ Frenzy Saturday, February 9 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Join Naturalist Abby to learn about animals that fight the winter cold by freezing through the winter and thawing just in time for spring. You will be able to meet some of these “cool” animals after the presentation!
Wild Wednesday Wednesday, February 13 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Come to the Nature Center and enjoy an hour of nature exploration! Program topics will vary and may include a story, short hike, craft, or a visit from an animal. For pre-schoolers and their parents. Come dressed for the weather. Puppet Pals: Wetland Wonders Thursday, February 14 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Friday, February 15 11am Lowe-Volk Park Our Puppet Pals are exploring a wetland! Join them in finding clues of who uses wetlands throughout the year. With a Great Blue Heron, a Raccoon, and many more, see how wetlands are ever-changing habitats. Puppet show will include a kids’ activity. For kids ages 3-7 and their parents. Just Hike It Saturday, February 16 10am Unger There are many benefits to getting outside and taking a hike, such as lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, to increasing happiness levels and curbing depression. Plus there is always something new to see! Join us on our monthly treks through the parks. We will also be doing photo journaling to document how the parks and trails change from season to season! Bluebird Bonanza Tuesday, February 19 6pm Lowe-Volk Park The Eastern Bluebird is the coup of backyard nest boxes. With fun activities and crafts, Joy Etter-Link will lead this program to discover why bluebirds are important and how kids can help them. For kids 5th grade and younger accompanied by an adult.
Nature Hike Saturday, February 23 3pm Heckert Nature Preserve By late February winter is starting to loosen its grip. Winter bird flocks are breaking up and the first courtship calls can be heard. Warm days can bring out over-wintering butterflies. Meet Warren Uxley at Heckert Nature Preserve to see what this year’s season of transition will bring. Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, February 23 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Crawford Park Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Targets for the winter months will include: M-32 (an elliptical galaxy), M-31 (in the Andromeda Galaxy), and the star cluster Hyades which is 153 light years away! The universe is an astronomical sight! Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Toddler Trot: Tracks Tuesday February 26 5pm Heckert Nature Preserve With snow on the ground, or mud left from melting snow, tracks are easy to find. Join Josh and McKinley to explore the wetland and woods of Heckert in search of animal tracks and other signs they leave behind. For kids not quite in school and younger. Great Lakes Thursday, February 28 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Can you rank the Great Lakes in size? Or do you know how long it takes for the water to cycle through? Come out to learn all about the Great Lakes! There will be several hands-on activities to reinforce the significance of the lakes. All ages are welcome. Arrowhead Day Saturday, March 2 10am-2pm Lowe-Volk Park If you are into pre-historic artifacts, this event is for you! Come see what other local collectors have found in the fields of Crawford County, as well as other areas. Members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio will also be on hand to display their collections. Come view these displays and have your questions about unidentified items answered. Drag out that old cigar box and bring those artifacts to show off!