Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Please call 419-683-9000 with questions about or to register for programs. Most events are free. Donations for programs are appreciated.
Our Little Spring Beauties Wednesday, April 15 6pm Heckert N P When it comes to our chil-dren, let’s make sure these little beauties get the chance to see spring come to life. Heckert is a greatplace to see this awakening. Join Josh and Chrisha as they explore the woods and wetlands of Heckert, taking in all sights and smells encountered. Wear boots as the woods is sure to be a little “sticky”. Up to age 8 welcome!
Earth Day Fair Saturday, April 18 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park The Crawford Park District is partnering with the Crawford County Solid Waste District to host the first Earth Day Fair, to be held at Lowe-Volk Park. The focus of this event is not only to get people thinking about the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — but also about sustainability, creating backyard habitat, and much more! There will be many “green” table displays and activities. Some of the items at the fare include: Recycle Trailer, Recycled Project Display from Lisa Smith’s 4th Grade CC class, Composting Demo from the Soil and Water Cons. Dist., Stream Monitoring of the Sandusky River by ODNR's Scenic Rivers Program (weather permitting), Sandusky River Watershed Coalition, Native Plant Sale, Recycled Nature Craft, Natural Pesticides display, and displays from local businesses that demonstrate the focal points of this event. We will also be giving away trees to the first 100 visitors! Also during the event, OSU's Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Gibbs Lab will be gathering genetic samples from our local Gray Squirrel population. The public is welcome to participate. Come and celebrate Earth Day with us!
Spring Wildflowers Sunday, April 19 3pm Sears Woods Early spring brings with it an explosive growth within our woodlands. Spring blooming wildflowers must complete their life cycle before the trees leaf out and cut off the light necessary for photosynthesis. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot.
Nature Hike Friday, April 24 9am Lowe-Volk Park Nature is coming is springing to life! Join Josh for a morning stroll to view wildflowers, birds, and anything nature. While we can’t forecast the weather, expect to see Spring Beauty’s, Violets, and migrating songbirds. Program will go on rain or shine!
Nature Hike in Carpenter’s Bottom Wednesday, April 22 3pm 3229 SR 98; NE of Producer’s Livestock, just across the RR Tracks Celebrate Earth Day with Josh and Bill! The Park District vision of Rich Carpenter started on this property and holds many natural wonders, hidden from the public. Vernal pools, expanses of wildflowers, and a spring are just some of the sites we’ll see. The property also has a connection with the railroad as hobos would often hang out waiting to catch a ride. Wear rubber boots as the woods may be wet.
Earth Day 5K Saturday, April 25 Run/Walk starts @ 9am Aumiller Park The Ohio Earth Day 5K committee has chosen the Friends of the CPD as the beneficiary from the proceeds of this 5K. The Ohio Earth Day 5K will start/finish in Aumiller Park and traverse over the Friendship Bridge, along Oakwood Cemetery, and through the western edge of Bucyrus. If you would like volunteer for the event, contact the Lowe-Volk Nature Center. If you would like to participate, you can register online at ohioearthday5k.com.
Tellin’ Tales: When The Circus Came To Town Saturday, April 25 2pm Lowe-Volk Park The circus has always been a community event that provides a great means of escape and enjoyment with the added bonus of being a terrific learning experience. Tellin’ Tales is a meeting to share information about Crawford County. Come, share stories or personal anecdotes about your experiences at the circus. Bring any circus memorabilia that you might have. Help make history come alive!
Leesville History: The Grange Hall Saturday, April 25 3:15pm Lowe-Volk Park For this session, we will concentrate on the Leesville Grange Hall and its history. The property is currently owned by Jamie Picou and it has a long and interesting history in the Leesville community. The Grange organization provided Leesville area residents with a sense of community and provided goals and activities to improve their quality of life. After Tellin’ Tales, we will leave the Nature Center and meet at the former Grange/Township Hall. Bring any information or photos that you may have that relate to the topic. Anyone who has a connection to Leesville or is interested in the history of our area is welcome to participate.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, April 25 8:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Richland Astronomical Society and CPD volunteers as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe.
Bird Banding on the Porch Saturday, May 9 7am-1pm Lowe-Volk Park In conjunction with the Pancake Breakfast, we’ll be banding birds on the porch of the Nature Center. Join Josh and Bob Placier for morning of science! They’ll be monitoring mist nets to see which birds inhabit or pass through Lowe-Volk Park. Banding is used to track trends in bird populations, among other research applications. All ages welcome, and grab some pancakes in support of your Park District!
Pancakes in the Park Saturday, May 9 8am – 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Come and support your Parks while satisfying your appetite. Pancakes with REAL maple syrup! Delicious ham too. Proceeds will help build a new Interactive Tree within the Nature Center.
Recycling Saturday, May 9 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park
Bird Walk Saturday, May 9 9am Sears Woods SNP More migratory birds pass through Ohio in early May than at any other time of the year. This massive movement of Warblers, Tanagers, Flycatchers, Vireos and Thrushes (to name just a few) is truly spectacular. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot.
Nature Hike Sunday, May 17 3pm Daughmer Savanna SNP Many of the threatened plant species found at Daughmer are at their best in late spring. There is also a spectacular assemblage of colorful breeding birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Meet Warren Uxley at the Daughmer parking lot.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, May 24 9pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Richland Astronomical Society and CPD volunteers as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe.