Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Nosing Around in Nature Wednesday, April 26 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Get your sniffers ready! If it is outside, we’re gonna sniff it! Join Josh for an olfactory good time in nature. We’ll smell the Earth, water, rocks, plants…anything we come across. Fun for the whole family! If everything tastes like chicken, does it all smell like chicken? Come to Lowe-Volk and find out!
Mohican Wildlife Weekend Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30 Lowe-Volk Park Goldenrod Galls 10am. Goldenrods are a wonderful species that attracts many different pollinators, from bees and butterflies, to beetles and wasps. While goldenrods are a late summer bloom, their dead stalks can still support life. A tiny fly, the Gall Fly, lays eggs on the growing stem of goldenrod and the larva overwinters in a little chamber created by the goldenrod plant. We will explore these little balls of treasure to see what is inside, and then go on a hike to explore the value in leaving your "dead" flowers stand over the winter. Fun for all ages! How Does Pollination Work? 12pm. Through a fun-filled – and tasty! – Cheetos activity, participants will understand how plants and animals make pollination work. Afterwards, there will be a Pollinator Scavenger Hunt. Fun for all ages! Successes of a Pollination Station 2pm. The grounds at Lowe-Volk Park have two active sites dedicated to pollinators: the Butterfly Garden and Pollination Station. These small sites are host to many native plants that attract a wide variety of pollinators, from hummingbirds to Monarchs. This short hike will follow the trail of successes – and set-backs – of each site, giving homeowners a taste for what they can expect in establishing their own tiny pollinator oasis on their property.
Night Sky Saturday, April 29 8pm Lowe-Volk Park The Big Dipper has many galaxies and will be our night sky target. The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is 30 million light years away. M81 and M82 are two galaxies tearing each other apart. We will also look at Globular Cluster (M5) that is made up of thousands of stars.
Hear Birdy, Birdy! Thursday, May 4 5pm Lowe-Volk Park Calling all bird nerds! Come to the Nature Center for National Bird Day! We’ll play bird themed games & activities and then take a hike to see or hear who’s around in the Park.
Bird Walk Saturday, May 6 9am Sears Woods 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.
Tellin’ Tales: The Sandusky River Saturday, May 6 2pm Lowe-Volk Park The Sandusky River has been a major environmental force in Crawford County and Ohio. Its physical and life supporting characters have had far reaching effects on the balance of ecosystems. Beginning with a general summary of the Sandusky River watershed, each attendee will have an opportunity to share their personal experiences related to the great and powerful Sandusky. From a childhood wading experience, or the sight of your first blue heron, to seeing the river extend past its boundaries in a raging flood, oral history will be shared. Bring any Sandusky River photos, news reports or items that will add to the richness of this learning experience.
Leesville History:The Leesville Jail and Stories of Leesville Rascals Saturday, May 6 3:15pm Lowe-Volk Park A catch-up session on the Leesville Jail is planned along with a focus on a few of the ornery Leesville residents whose antics were documented in local newspapers. 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.
Homeschool in Nature: Archery Thursday, May 11 2pm Lowe-Volk Park We’re aiming to end the Homeschool in Nature Series with a little outdoor recreation fun! Sign up to nock an arrow and hit your mark on the target. The session is for homeschoolers ages 5-12 years. Call the Park District to reserve your spot in each class by May 10.
Bird Banding Saturday, May 13 7am – 1pm Lowe-Volk Park In conjunction with the Pancake Breakfast, we’ll be banding birds in the Bird Viewing Room of the Nature Center. Join Bob Placier, Josh, and Lisa for a 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 13 8am – 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Come and support your Parks while satisfying your appetite. Pancakes topped with REAL maple syrup, add a side of delicious ham, and a great morning will be had enjoying and supporting your Park District!
Recycling at the Nature Center Saturday, May 13 9am-noon Here is what you can bring: #1 & #2 plastics, glass, paper products & cardboard, steel & aluminum cans, CFL bulbs, batteries, old eye glasses, cell phones, tablets, & laptops. NO OTHER ELECTRONICS, MONITORS, ETC. WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Fly-Tying Saturday, May 20 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Dave Meadows will lead this informative program on fly-tying. Knowledge of matching the correct fly to the correct fishing goal is central to the process. Dave will cover the basic tools and skills needed to construct artificial flies that fish will attack.
Nature Hike Sunday, May 21 3pm Daughmer Savannah Many of the threatened plant species found at Daughmer are at their best in late spring. There is also an assemblage of colorful breeding birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Meet Warren Uxley at the Daughmer parking lot.
Race through the Woods Wednesday, May 24 5pm Unger Park What better way to spend National Scavenger Hunt day than to go racing through Unger Park to find the items on your scavenger hunt list. Some items will be easy to find and others you will have to search for.
Night Sky Saturday, May 27 8pm Lowe-Volk Park The Big Dipper has many galaxies and will be our night sky target. The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is 30 million light years away. M81 and M82 are two galaxies tearing each other apart. We will also look at Globular Cluster (M5) that is made up of thousands of stars.