Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Massasauga Rattlesnakes Thursday, October 27 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Snake researcher Doug Wynn has been studying Massasaugas for 36 years. His findings have helped in the conservation efforts of this state endangered reptile. Doug will share his knowledge and stories of the “swamp rattler” in this fun and informative program on Massasauga Rattlesnakes. Don’t let the topic rattle you! All ages welcome.
Fascinating Facts & Mystifying Myths Tuesday, November 1 5pm Lowe-Volk Park Are bats really blind? Is that water in the camel’s hump? There are some incredible things in nature, from frozen frogs to carnivorous plants. Join Lisa Bogard and see if you can pick out the fascinating facts from the mystifying myths of nature.
Saw-Whet Owls Friday, November 4 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Secretive and nocturnal, Saw-whets are Ohio’s smallest owl. With a handful of nesting records in Ohio, Saw-whets breed mostly in northern boreal forests, but venture south in the fall and winter months. Bob Placier has been banding Saw-whets for 13 years and his data has increased the knowledge of the occurrence of this diminutive owl. A powerpoint presentation will be followed by checks of the mist nets in the hopes of catching a few of these nocturnal flyers. Between net checks, there will be a craft and small bonfire to enjoy the fall evening. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight! Fun for the whole family!
Fall Bird Banding Saturday, November 5 8am-1pm Lowe-Volk Park Fall bird banding gives us insight into bird populations that remain in Crawford County for the winter. Bob Placier will have his nets open and traps set to see who is hanging around this time of year. Fun for all ages!
Tellin’ Tales: 1873 - Historic Homes of Crawford County Saturday, November 5 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Tellin’ Tales is a gathering to share information about local history. A bus tour of the County will be held to observe a selected group of the homes that were included in the 1873 Crawford County Illustrated Atlas. Bring your stories and photos to share. Please call the Nature Center to reserve a seat on the bus! (419-683-9000)
Ohio’s Raptors Monday, November 7 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Ohio has many species of raptors, some year-round residents and others briefly passing through. With enjoyable hands-on activities and a craft, participants will have fun with Joy Etter-Link learning about raptors and their importance in food webs. For kids up to grade 5.
Homeschool in Nature: Animal Whys? Thursday, November 10 9am & 10:30am Lowe-Volk Park In the next class, we will look into why different animals behave the way they do and why they might have different physical adaptations. 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 November 9.
Nature Hike Saturday, November 12 3pm Heckert Nature Preserve The last flowering plants and insects of the year can be seen along the trail at Heckert. Everything from dragonflies to migrating warblers is possible during this time of seasonal transition. Meet Warren Uxley at the Heckert parking lot.
Wild Wednesdays Wednesday, November 16 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.
Take a Hike Day Thursday, November 17 10am & 4pm Lowe-Volk Park It’s National Take a Hike Day! Come to Lowe-Volk Park and join Lisa Bogard on a leisurely stroll through the woods on a late fall day.
Bird Walk Saturday, November 26 3pm Sears Woods Conditions far to the north of Ohio dictate what types of birds will spend the winter in the Buckeye State. Each year is different but it’s always interesting; come and learn what this year will bring. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot.
Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club Targets for the Fall Meeting Dates: Jupiter, Mars, & Saturn; M3-Globular Cluster (33,900 light years away!); Dumbbell Nebula (1,360 light years away) We will also view the Milky Way, our home galaxy. This is a great time of year to observe a lot of nebulas and dark molecular clouds. Meeting Dates September 24 @ 8:30pm October 22 & 29 @ 7:00pm November 26 @ 6:00pm All meetings held at the Lowe-Volk Park. Come and join us to view the wonders of our universe! If we have cloudy skies, we will meet inside and watch astronomy videos.