Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Rock n’ Fossil Day Saturday, January 21 11-2 Lowe-Volk Park The Nature Center will be rockin’! Stop by to see various rock, mineral, and gem displays from local collectors and members of the Richland Lithic and Lapidary Society. The CPD is also partnering with the Ohio History Connection. OHC is providing a display of Ice Age Mammal remains, including bones/casts of mastodons, stag moose, and more. The Ice Age Mammal exhibit will remain on display at the Nature Center through February 10. Bring your rocks and gems for identification and prepare to have a rockin’ good time. Come and Meet Jack Monday, January 23 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Frost is nature’s winter artistry, but what effects does it have on plants and animals? With enjoyable hands-on activities and a craft, participants will have fun with Joy Etter-Link learning about Jack Frost. For kids up to grade 5. National Seed Swap Day Saturday, January 28 8am-4pm Lowe-Volk Park Stop by the Nature Center to pick up a few native plant seeds for National Seed Swap Day! Examples of what will be available are Common Milkweed, Blazing Star, Joe-Pye Weed, and Mountain Mint. You do not need to bring seeds to trade, but we will gladly accept a smile, a kind word, or a bird seed donation for the swap.
Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club Saturday, January 28 6:00pm Lowe-Volk Park Targets for the Winter Meeting Dates: The An-dromeda Galaxy, located 2.5 million light years away! The Bok Clouds which are huge clouds of molecular gas and dust, blocking the star light behind them. Come and join us to view the wonders of our universe! If we have cloudy skies, we will meet inside and watch astronomy videos.
Wild Wednesday Wednesday, February 1 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. Morning and afternoon programs will be similar, just choose the time that best fits your schedule. Tellin’ Tales and Leesville History Saturday, February 4 2pm Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad Depot 700 E. Rensselaer St. Bucyrus This is a meeting to share information about Crawford County. This special session will be held at the restored T&OC Depot in Bucyrus. Members of the Bucyrus Preservation Society/Depot Restoration Project will be on hand to lead a discussion on the railway and its 1882 Depot. If you have family stories or memorabilia from the railroad or depot, please bring them to share. The Leesville History part of the program will begin at 3:15pm with a topic of the Leesville Jail. As with Tellin’ Tales, stories and photos are always welcome. Bats Tuesday, February 7 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Join Deb Nofzinger from Sandusky County Park District as she explores the world of bats. We will discuss bat characteristics, bats of Ohio and abroad, as well as why bats are in trouble. Participants will get to meet a live bat and discover different ways that people can help them. Homeschool in Nature: Experiments Thursday, February 9 9am & 10:30am Lowe-Volk Park This month we will create experiments with things from nature, and also conduct experiments to show phenomena of nature. We will make ocean foam and waves, make predictions on growing bulbs and seeds over the following month, take a look at the greenhouse effect, and recreate a water cycle. Children ages 5-8 will meet from 9-10 am and children ages 9-12 will meet from 10:30-11:30 am. Sessions will be limited to 20 per age group. Call the Park District to reserve your spot in each class by February 8. National Bird Feeding Month Thursday, February 9 5-7pm Lowe-Volk Park February is a great time to make a tasty treat for our feathery friends that stay here for winter. Not all birds eat the same food, so we will have a variety of feeders to make. Stop in the Nature Center to make a birdfeeder to take home with you. The birds will thank you!
Recycling @ the Nature Center Saturday, February 11 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park Here is what you can bring: #1 & #2 plas-tics, glass, paper products & cardboard, steel & aluminum cans, CFL bulbs, batter-ies, old eye glasses, cell phones, tablets, & laptops. NO OTHER ELECTRONICS, MONITORS, ETC. WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Track Me Down Saturday, February 18 10am Unger Park Winter is a great time to follow tracks, with or without snow. Was it running, walking, or bounding? Join Josh to learn track ID and to understand the stories tracks tell us. Fun for all ages. Some Like it Hot, Some Like it Cold Monday, February 20 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Warm-blooded, cold-blooded… endothermic, ectothermic. Animals have adapted many unique ways to cope with wintertime temperature changes. With enjoyable hands-on activities and a craft, participants will have fun with Joy Etter-Link figuring out if animals like it hot or cold. For kids up to grade 5.
Wild Wednesdays Wednesday, February 22 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. Morning and afternoon programs will be similar, just choose the time that best fits your schedule. Winter Hike Wednesday, February 22 5pm Buckeye Central Outdoor Learning Lab (BCOLL) Winter is a great time to explore the great outdoors. From tracks to hibernating animals under logs to birds collecting food, life still continues. Join Josh on this investigation of the Buckeye Central woods to explore the animal activity that carry’s on, even in winter. Fun for all ages. Chickadees Thursday, February 23 7pm Lowe-Volk Park There are 7 different species of chickadees in North America with 2 of them calling Crawford County home. These attractive, energetic birds offer valuable insights into the ecology and behavior of birds. Meet Warren Uxley at Lowe-Volk Nature Center.
Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club Saturday, February 25 6:00pm Lowe-Volk Park Targets for the Winter Meeting Dates: The An-dromeda Galaxy, located 2.5 million light years away! The Bok Clouds which are huge clouds of molecular gas and dust, blocking the star light behind them. Come and join us to view the wonders of our universe! If we have cloudy skies, we will meet inside and watch astronomy videos. Nature Hike Sunday, February 26 3pm Heckert NP 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. Arrowhead Day Saturday, March 4 10-2 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 and view these displays, as well have your questions about unidentified items. Drag out that old cigar box and bring those artifacts to show off!