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. Caterpillars Saturday, July 25 10am Heckert Nature Preserve Caterpillar is the common name for moth and butterfly larva. While the adults are more visible, the little secretive caterpillars are very important ecologically. Join Josh to explore the world of caterpillars through tree shaking and leaf looking and to see the many ways they have developed to stay hidden from predators. All ages welcome.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, July 25 9pm Lowe Volk Park Join members from the Richland Astronomical Society and CPD volunteers as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with those interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers assist you with those provided.
Frog Jumping Contest Sunday, July 26 2pm Registration begins at 1:30 Lowe-Volk Park This event is open to kids up to age 16. Participants must provide their own frogs and the frogs should be returned to their habitat after the event. Frogs should be kept cool and moist prior to the event. All frog species are welcome. Official Frog Jumping Rules.
Daughmer Savannah Nature Hike Saturday, July 25 3 PM Daughmer Savannah SNP Marion-Melmore Rd. north of SR 294 Considered by many to be a natural area of global significance, Daughmer is a magnificent remnant of Ohio’s once vast tallgrass prairie. Late July is a time of transition; plant, bird and insect communities are undergoing major changes. Meet Warren Uxley at the Daughmer parking lot.
All About that Bass Wednesday, July 29 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Joy Etter-Link loves to take kids fishing! If you have a pole bring it, if not we do have limited number to loan out. Not only can you catch a bass but bluegill and catfish abound in the Lowe-Volk Pond. This fun and relaxing program is for kids up to grade 5.
Tellin’ Tales: Crawford County Buggy Works and Livery Stables Saturday, August 1 2PM Lowe-Volk Park When the horse was the central mode of local transportation, almost every community had a buggy works. Livery stables too were indispensable to travelers and served a community well. Tellin’ Tales is a meeting to share information about Crawford County. Help make history come alive!
Leesville History: Haulers of Leesville Stone Saturday, August 1 3:15PM Lowe-Volk Park Leesville stone was in high demand for many years in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There were many ways that sandstone moved from Leesville to construction sites. 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.
Recycling at Lowe-Volk Park Saturday, August 8, 9am to Noon The Colonel Crawford Lions Club and The Friends of the Crawford Park District will have a RECYCLE DAY, from 9am to noon at the Lowe-Volk Park Nature center located at 2401 State Route 598. We will have a RECYCLE DAY the second Saturday of each month through the year. We will be accepting: Cardboard Clear/brown/green/blue glass (separate by color) #1 (PETE) plastics #2 (HDPE) plastics (colors do not have to be separated) Newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail Steel cans Aluminum cans Household batteries eyeglasses CFL lightbulbs - from households only, no businesses please Laptops, tablets & cell phones. --------NO ELECTRONICS - NO COMPUTER TOWERS - NO COMPUTER MONITORS -OR- TELEVISIONS----------------- Any recyclables taken to the Crawford Park District, outside of the second Saturday of every month do not get credited to the Park District. If you would like the money generated from recycling to go to them, you must take your recyclables to the Park District during their monthly collections.
Water Carnival Saturday, August 8 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! There will be food concessions. Come ready to get wet and to have great family fun!
Seccauim Park Sunday, August 9 2pm Ed & Dee Ann Speece 1727 SR 19 If you have stories to tell, pictures to share, or you just want to learn about the former Secciaum Park, then plan to attend this special program. Secciaum Park was Crawford County's very own amusement park from 1899 until 1948. Ed and Dee Ann Speece own the property where the park was located. They have invited us to their picnic shelter on their pond to share information and to view some of Seccaium Park's remnants. We have had many requests to repeat this event.
Toddler Trot Wednesday, August 12 6pm Unger Park A hike through the woods is exactly what kids need! Josh and Chrisha will be exploring the woods and wetlands and you should join them. Kids love nature and we should foster it! For children up to grade 2.
Schanzenbach Prairie Hike Sunday, August 16 2 PM 4924 Henry Cooper Rd. North on SR 602 past SR 98 then left of Henry Cooper For several years now Mark Schanzenbach has been building a tallgrass prairie. Mark has gathered botanical specimens from all over Ohio and he is eager to share the many truly spectacular and unusual species he has collected. Meet Warren Uxley at Mark’s house.
What’s Happening to the Ash Trees? Tuesday, August 18 6pm Lowe-Volk Park If you walk in just about any forest in Ohio, you will notice that all of the ash trees are dying. Naturalist Logan Masters majored in forestry at Hocking College and wants people to understand why. Come to Lowe-Volk Park to hike and learn about the bug that is killing all of the ash trees in the area.
Field Trip to Old Man’s Cave Saturday, August 22 7:30am Meet @ the Nature Center Ohio has some of the most amazing topography in the United States because the north and the south end of the state are completely different. Meet naturalist Logan Masters at Lowe-Volk Park and everyone can follow him down to Logan, Ohio to go on an amazing nature hike in one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the country.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, August 22 8:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members from the Richland Astronomical Society and CPD volunteers as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with those interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers assist you with those provided.
Magical Monarchs Thursday, August 27 5pm Lowe-Volk 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 a Monarch butterfly. Nets will be provided.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, August 29 8:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members from the Richland Astronomical Society and CPD volunteers as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with those interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers assist you with those provided.
Hunting Lottery Sunday, August 30 1pm Lowe-Volk Park For more information, contact the park office.