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. Eagle Watch Sunday, March 8 2pm Lowe-Volk Park With their Ohio breeding numbers averaging 195 pairs since 2010, it looks like our national symbol’s population has stabilized. Join Josh to learn more about their recovery from near extinction and about Bald Eagles in general. Following the presentation, we’ll travel to the 3 nests in Crawford County to see our breeding pairs hopefully incubating eggs. Great fun for the family!
Recycling Saturday, March 14 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park
The Grass is Always Greener… Tuesday, March 17 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park As the sun warms the soil, our lawns come to life. Grass provides great areas for kids and families to enjoy the outdoors. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Joy Etter-Link as she shares some green tales and gets you busy with a nature craft, too. Focus audience is kids through grade 5.
Vernal Pool: Nighttime Journey Friday, March 20 7:30pm Heckert Nature Preserve Amphibian nurseries are fun to go to any time of day. At night, there are chances to easily sneak up on frogs and to see salamanders in the midst of courtship. Of course, this is all weather determinate. Join Josh for this nocturnal hike to hopefully view these splendid amphibians doing what they woke up for! Hope for rain, wear rubber boots, and bring a flashlight!
Nature Hike Sunday, March 22 3pm Heckert Nature Preserve The first days of spring are a time of rapid change. Birds begin their breeding cycle, amphibians, plants and even insects emerge after months of dormancy. Meet Warren Uxley at the Heckert parking lot.
Explore a Vernal Pool Saturday, March 28 1pm Heckert Nature Preserve Vernal Pools are a diverse habitat to study. Join Josh and OSU student Rob Denton as they discuss their salamander research and investigate the wetland at Heckert, looking for bugs, frogs, and SALAMANDERS, of course! All ages welcome and wear rubber boots.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, March 28 8pm 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.
High Tech Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 29 1-3pm Lowe-Volk Park Kids! Bring your GPS or borrow one from us. Join Don Hatfield and friends from the North Central Ohio Geocachers, for an Easter Egg Hunt around Lowe-Volk Park. Using your GPS you will find the eggs hidden in the park, and answer a nature based question in the egg. Kids finding eggs and answering the questions will receive a small prize. Come join the fun!
Bird Watching 101 Tuesday, March 31 6pm Galion Public Library Bird watching is an ever-growing hobby in America. From backyard bird watchers to serious life-list counters, there is myriad ways to enjoy birding. Join Josh at the Galion Public Library to learn the ins-and-outs of birdwatching. He’ll cover the basics of birdwatching to get you on the path to identifying every bird that you see and hear. Program will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a short quiz to test your knowledge of common backyard birds.
Arrowhead/Indian Artifact Hunt Saturday, April 4, 10am Meet @ the Nature Center Join members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter 19 of the Archaeology Society of Ohio to walk nearby farm fields for flint and stone remnants of prehistoric cultures who inhabited Crawford County. Be the first human to touch an arrowhead since it was used thousands of years ago! Don’t miss this popular annual event. Bring the whole family, dress for the weather and don’t forget your boots if the ground is wet. Also, walking sticks and small digging tools can be helpful.
Hepatica/Liverleaf Saturday, April 4 1pm Heckert Nature Preserve Hepatica is one of Ohio’s earliest wildflowers. At Heckert, it grows well on slopes that overlook a vernal pool. The flowers can be pink, purple, blue or white which provides some unique surprises. Join Bill and inspect this woodland beauty. Great opportunity to have your camera. Trails may be wet. Wear boots if it has rained recently.
Feeding Time: Gartersnakes Wednesday, April 8 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Probably the most common snake in our area, Eastern Gartersnakes are wonderful additions to our biodiversity. As the spring sun warms the Earth, gartersnakes will be emerging from hibernation all over. Join Josh for this informational program that will look at the many aspects of a gartersnake’s life history. You’ll even get to touch one if you want and afterwards, you’ll get the chance to see them eat! Fun for the Family!
Recycling Saturday, April 11 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park
Do You Like Quackers? Monday, April 13 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Joy Etter-Link has planned another one of her informative programs. This one will be about ducks. How’d you guess? She plans on having ducklings for you to hold and will top that off with a great craft. Kids through grade five are encouraged to attend.
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
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.