Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, OH 44827 419-683-9000
A Note from the Director: As we continue to navigate toward the future, we must remain diligent in slowing the spread of corona virus. As of now (6/9/20), all CPD parks and preserves are open. We have developed summer programs; new for the quarter will be the need for pre-registration. Follow this page for programming updates, or visit our website, www.crawfordpd.org.
As you continue to utilize your parks, please adhere to the Governor’s social distancing and group gathering guidelines. Before you enjoy one of your great parks, plan ahead as there are no restrooms or drinking water available. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as needed. Park staff are still available via phone (419-683-9000) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you and stay well.
Aquatic Adventures Sign up your family to explore Lowe-Volk Park’s bodies of water and the animals that call these places home! For the first part of the summer, we will be exploring the wetland; we’ll finish out the summer exploring the Sandusky River. Park staff will provide nets, containers, and ID lists to help you find and learn about macroinvertebrates, the frog and dragonfly life cycle, and you may even catch a turtle or snake! In the river, your family can learn how to use macroinvertebrates as a bio index to see if our waters are clean! Seines will be provided, and you may even catch a fish in the nets! Please come prepared with proper footwear (boots or old closed-toe shoes, no flip flops, or Crocs) and clothing that can get wet or muddy. A change of clothes is suggested. Call 419-683-9000 to reserve a 45-minute time slot. This event will occur rain or shine unless there is severe weather. Dates and times: Wetland Tuesday, July 21, 2pm-7pm River Monday, August 3, 9am-3pm Saturday, August 22, 9am-3pm
Fishing Sign up your family to fish in our pond at Lowe-Volk Park. We will provide fishing poles with hooks and bobbers, but feel free to bring your own! While we will provide some bait, families are encouraged to bring their own. Bring a lawn chair to relax by the pond and possibly snag the big one! Call 419-683-9000 to reserve a 45-minute time slot. This event will occur rain or shine unless there is severe weather. Dates and times: Wednesday, July 29, 2pm-7pm Tuesday, August 11, 9am-3pm Monday, August 24, 2pm-7pm
Archery Sign up your family to test your skills at archery! Each session will begin with instructions on equipment and safety followed by instruction on proper form and tips to hit the Bullseye! We will provide all necessary equipment. If you want to use your own bow, you must bring and use your own arrows with it. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Call 419-683-9000 to reserve a 45-minute time slot. This event will occur rain or shine unless there is severe weather. Dates, times, & location: Saturday, August 1, 9am-3pm LVP Friday, August 14, 9am-3pm LVP Thursday, August 27, 2pm-7pm Unger
Canoeing Sign up your family to go canoeing at Neff Reservoir. Canoeing is a fun activity that will get you and your family outside. Being on the water can have a calming effect on your brain, and it can help lower stress. Plus, it’s just fun to paddle along looking for animals and sometimes splashing others too. Each family will start with a lesson on canoeing basics and safety before you take to the water. CPD staff will provide all equipment needed. You will need to wear shoes that can get wet. Call 419-683-9000 to reserve a 45-minute time slot. Dates and times: Friday, July 24, 2pm-7pm Thursday, August 6, 9am-3pm Wednesday, August 19, 2pm-7pm
Animal Encounters (of the Education Kind) Sign up your family to meet some of our education animals up-close and personal! Each session will include learning general information about each species, looking at biofacts, an activity, and an opportunity to have an up-close encounter with the live animals! This program will be held at Lowe-Volk Park. We will provide canopies for each family to sit under, but please bring your own blanket or chairs to sit on. Call 419-683-9000 to reserve your spot. This event will occur rain or shine unless there is severe weather. Dates, times, & topics: 10am or 2pm
Snakes Saturday, August 29
Painted Turtles Thursday, July 30 Thursday, August 13
Treefrogs Wednesday, August 5 Wednesday, August 12
Box Turtles Thursday, July 23 Tuesday, July 28 Monday, August 31
Park-Palooza Do you know how many parks the Crawford Park District manage(s) that have hiking trails? The answer is 5! Many people love coming to Lowe-Volk Park because of the Nature Center, while many of our other parks are hidden or forgotten gems. Sears Woods has a diverse spring wildflower population. Heckert Nature Preserve also has a great wildflower selection, but it also houses large vernal pools. Unger Park offers several acres of restored prairie and a pond that you can fish in. Daughmer Savannah is unique because it is the largest and best preserved remnant of the unplowed, deep soil Bur Oak savannah. Each of these parks offer something different and hopefully something new for you to discover. With each place that you explore, you will receive a button for that specific park. When you collect all 5 buttons, you will get a “Go Take a Hike” t-shirt! This can be completed throughout the summer. If you want to participate, contact Lisa at email@example.com or call at 419-683-9000 for details.
Story Book Trail Throughout the summer each park will feature a story book that is placed along the trail for you to read while you are hiking. Each Story Book Trail will be available starting at 10am on Monday and will be available through Sunday. If you take a picture of the beginning and end of the book and send it to the Crawford Park District Facebook page through messenger or email at firstname.lastname@example.org we will send you a button. If you complete all the trails you receive a special prize! Dates, times, location: July 20th-July 26th: The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer (Heckert Nature Preserve) August 10th-16th: A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer (Sears Woods) August 24-30: Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre (Daughmer Savannah)
Crawford Park Astronomy Club The Astronomy Club will meet the 4th Saturday of each month 30 minutes after sunset. Programs will be held regardless of sky conditions, so please dress for the weather. If the skies are rainy or cloudy, we will meet in the Nature Center. In order to follow the Governor’s guidelines for group gatherings, please call 419-683-9000 to register for the program. July 25 9pm August 22 8:30pm Some of the targets for the Summer are: Earth's Moon - Summer is a great time to view the mountains and craters that are found on the moon. These features are 230,085 miles away. m-104 - The Sombrero Galaxy is a lenticular galaxy that we can view its edge. It is 31 million light years away and found in Virgo. m-4 - A globular cluster only 5,500 light year away (which is the closest one to earth) is home to more than 100,000 stars. Some of these stars are 13 billion years old! Milky Way - The center of the Milky Way is a massive black hole that is 26,000 light years away. A large portion of people can’t see part of our galaxy due to light pollution. Lucky for us, we live in rural Ohio and are able to view it!
CPD Book Club Do you love nature and also love to read? With the abundance of books available for nature lovers, sometimes it is hard to choose the next great book to read. Join the Crawford Park District’s Book Club and we will figure it out together! Pre- Registration is recommended as the club will be limited to 15 members. So come armed with your favorite book about nature or a nature centered book you want to read and be ready to make your case to the club! Meetings in the summer will be held at different parks the last Tuesday of each month. June's meeting will be held at Lowe-Volk Park, July's meeting will be held at Unger Park and August's meeting will be held at Heckert Nature Preserve. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000.