Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Animal Extravaganza Saturday, July 14 12pm-3pm Lowe-Volk Park Animal lovers are in for a treat! Come to experience snakes, salamanders, turtles, and much more. Various pet owners will be on hand to answer your questions and to allow you to “hold and touch” when appropriate. Amazon Eric Reptile Show will also bring some of his fabulous animals from around the world! A great family event you won’t want to miss! Food concessions will be available.
Archery Tuesday, July 17 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Whether for sport, food, or fun, archery is a great outdoor activity that gets us away from the hustle and gadgets of life, allowing us to focus on one thing: hitting the target. Join Josh and Lisa for an evening archery shoot that will include an introduction to archery safety and shooting basics. All equipment will be provided.
Night Hike-Nocturnal Animals Saturday, July 21 8:30pm Lowe-Volk Park The night comes alive with animals that can only be seen or heard after the sun sets. Join Abby to learn about Ohio’s nocturnal animals while going on a night hike in search of those nocturnal creatures. You may even get a chance to meet a screech owl! All ages are welcome; however, the night hike can be difficult for younger kids who have a fear of the dark.
Canoeing Tuesday, July 24 6:30pm Pines Reservoir Join Lisa and Josh for an evening paddle around Pines Reservoir. Learn some canoeing basics and take to the water! As we paddle, we also enjoy some time watching wildlife. Pre-registration is required by July 23.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, July 28 9pm 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 summer include: M-104 Sombrero Galaxy, M-3 Globular Cluster, Rosette Nebula, and Jupiter. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Family Tent Camping Friday, August 3 7pm Lowe-Volk Park Come any time after 5pm to set up your tent around the pond at Lowe-Volk Park. Registration will begin at 7pm, with programs starting at 7:30. Bring a treat or a dish to share with other campers. Yard games, fishing, campfire, woodland night hike, and more are on the agenda. Continental breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning. Please call the Nature Center to reserve your spot. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Tellin’ Tales and Leesville History Fact or Fiction: It Lived in Crawford County Saturday, August 4 2pm Lowe-Volk Park This gathering is organized to share information about local history. Oral history can be full of facts and fiction. If it can be done, it is important to identify misconceptions and to stimulate comments like, “Wow, I never knew that Greensnakes lived in Crawford County.” Correctly identifying, naming and documenting wildlife is always an important natural history endeavor. Everyone is welcome to share their stories and their memorabilia.
Crickets and Katydids Monday, August 6 8:30pm Unger Park Tree Crickets; Ground Crickets; Meadow, Conehead and Bush Katydids; they all combine to bring a rich cacophony to the twilight hours of late summer. Some are harsh, discordant, while others are soothing, restful. Meet Warren Uxley at Unger Park and learn the sounds of late summer evenings.
String Art Thursday, August 9 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Create a feather masterpiece out of string, nails, and a 6”x12” piece of wood. Candy Yocum will be back to guide us in making a unique nature themed piece of art. Bring your hammer and we’ll provide the rest. The class is limited to 25 participants ages 10 and up. Please call the Park District office to reserve a spot by August 8. A $5 donation is recommended to cover supply costs and can be paid that night.
Water Carnival Saturday, August 11 11am-2pm Lowe-Volk Park The Water Carnival will give you an opportunity to focus on the importance of water in an ecosystem and to have a great time getting wet during water games! There will be fire trucks, a bicycle that goes across water, a slip and slide, and much more! Come ready to get wet and to have great family fun! Food concessions will be available.
Toddler Trot Tuesday, August 14 5:30pm Unger Park Getting children outside has many benefits, from an environmental awareness to better health. Join Josh and McKinley for this stroll through Unger’s Prairie to explore the trails and pond. For kids not quite in school and younger.
Ahh, Grasshopper! Wednesday, August 15 6pm Lowe-Volk Park They can jump 20 times their body length in a single bound! Yes, Grasshoppers are truly unique group of insects. Together with their cousins, the crickets and katydids, they make a grassland come alive. Joy-Etter Link will have fun activities related to these hoppers before a trip outside to catch them with a net. For kids up to grade 5 accompanied by an adult.
Frog Jumping Contest Saturday, August 18 1pm In Front of the Courthouse in Bucyrus Bring your best frog to the Bratwurst Festival and see if it is the best jumper! This event is open to youth up to age 16. Participants must provide their own frog and the frog should be returned to its habitat after the event. Frogs should be kept cool and moist prior to the event. All frog species are welcome. Call the Nature Center or visit our website for event rules.
Night Hike-Senses Saturday, August 18 8:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Do you have great hearing like a fox? Can you smell as well as a coyote? Are you as talkative as a frog? Can you distinguish items by touch like a raccoon? Find out by joining Abby on a night hike to see if your senses are as good as the nocturnal animals of Ohio. No flashlights allowed! We will be using our natural night vision on this hike. All ages are welcome; however, the night hike can be difficult for younger kids who have a fear of the dark.
Archery Thursday, August 23 6pm Unger Park Whether for sport, food, or fun, archery is a great outdoor activity that gets us away from the hustle and gadgets of life, allowing us to focus on one thing: hitting the target. Join Josh and Lisa for an evening archery shoot that will include an introduction to archery safety and shooting basics. All equipment will be provided.
Canoeing Saturday, August 25 10am Neff Reservoir Join Lisa and Josh for a late morning paddle around Neff Reservoir. Learn some canoeing basics and take to the water! Pre-registration is required by August 24.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, August 25 9pm 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 summer include: M-104 Sombrero Galaxy, M-3 Globular Cluster, Rosette Nebula, and Jupiter. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Daughmer Savannah Sunday, August 26 2pm Daughmer Savannah Warren Uxley will offer a guided tour of Daughmer State Nature Preserve. Daughmer is a remnant of one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems: the Bur-Oak Savannah. This is a time of year that will reveal the colorful plants of Daughmer. Meet Warren at the parking lot on Marion-Melmore Rd. just north of state route 294.
Hunting Lottery Tuesday, August 28 7pm Lowe-Volk Park Call 419-683-9000 for more details.
Wild Wednesday Wednesday, August 29 10am & 2pm 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.
Monarch Tagging Thursday, August 30 5:30pm Unger Park Learn about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, its need for milkweed plants, and their amazing migration to Mexico. You will have an opportunity to help Kansas University with Monarch migration and population research by attempting to capture, tag, and release Monarch butterflies. All ages welcome. Nets will be provided.