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.
As the Sun Sets… Wednesday, September 10 7:30pm Lowe-Volk Park As the sun sets, nature goes from light to dark. The animals respond in kind: some wake up, some go to sleep, some aquatic critters even hatch. Join Josh for this quiet evening of listening and watching the woods as it transforms from day to night. After a short stroll along the paths, we’ll sit on the boulders by the Sandusky River and take in all that nature has to offer at this magical time of day. Bring a flashlight.
Fishing Fun Saturday, September 13 9:30 am to 11:30 am Lowe-Volk Park Joy Etter-Link will share some “fish facts” and the remainder of the time will be spent having fun fishing. Bring your own rod and bait if you like, but Joy and her husband, Mike, will have cane poles for instruction and for use. Extra bait will be provided.
Grasshoppers, Spiders, and other Critters Wednesday, September 17 6pm Unger Park Insects and other arthropods are in the last stages of their lives, at least for this year. Join Josh for this buggy trip through the prairie and forest of Unger Park, in search of anything crawling, hopping, or flying. We’ll investigate their many variations and adaptations that allow them to survive in the great ecological web. All ages welcome.
Unger Farm Heritage Day Saturday, September 20 11am-3pm Unger Park Let’s celebrate the area’s farm heritage! It will be a great event with a petting zoo, horses, llamas, nature craft for kids, horse drawn wagon tours, outhouse tours, bale romping, mule plowing by Bob Couch, music and displays of farmstead items. Warren Uxley’s prairie tour will be held at 1PM. OSU Extension is our partner at Unger Farm. Many farm families worked to provide healthy, nutritious food to be used year round. There will be food served from 11AM until 2:30PM
BB Gun Shoot Sunday, September 21 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Got a BB Gun? Want some people to shoot with? Well, bring your BB Gun to Lowe-Volk Park for a fun afternoon of some plinking around. There will be regular targets as well as a “Woods Walk”. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Register required. To register, call the Park Office at 419-683-9000. Registration ends September 18th.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, September 27 8pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Richland Astronomical Society as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the night sky.
Fall Wildflowers Sunday, Sept. 28 3pm Unger Park Late September is a time of transition; most plant species have become dormant in preparation for winter. But many wildflowers choose this time of the year to display their brilliance. Learn the late season wildflowers and their flowering ecology. Meet Warren Uxley at the Unger Park.
Canoeing in the Evening Sunday, September 28 7pm Pines Reservoir While canoeing during the day is fun and exciting, an evening venture is equally amazing. Join Josh and Chris for a leisure evening, paddling around the Pines Reservoir. We’ll listen for creatures of the night and may chance upon a beaver cruising through the water. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required before September 26th. Call the Park Office at 419-683-9000 to register. This is not a beginner course. Must have some level of skill in canoeing.
Seed Collection Saturday, Oct. 4 1pm Unger Park Come and help the Park District continue its mission of fostering the use of native plants in our environment by collecting native plant seed. Meet Warren Uxley at Unger Park.
Mineral Mosaic Monday, October 6 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Minerals are important environmental resources. Joy Etter-Link will focus on how some minerals affect life on Earth. Then, a real cool craft will enable you to create a mineral mosaic. Geared to kids who are no older than grade 5.
Bird Migration Tues. Oct. 7 7 PM Lowe-Volk Park Many birds make truly remarkable seasonal migrations. Often covering thousands of miles, it is a very stressful and dangerous time in the life of a bird. Meet Warren Uxley for a PowerPoint program followed by an outdoor excursion to listen for migrating birds.
Go Nuts! Wednesday, October 15 6pm Sears Woods Sears Woods is full of mast producing trees. Join Josh for a look at the various soft and hard mast that will be on the forest floor, or still clinging to the trees. This will also be a wonderful time to look at the fall colors Sears Woods has to offer. For all ages.
Halloween Family Fun Night Saturday, October 18 7-9pm Lowe-Volk Park Come to Lowe-Volk Park and celebrate with a night filled with fall fun! Dress in your Halloween costume or just come to enjoy the activities. There will be a bon fire, face painting, nature art, movies and a treat bag for the first 300 kids. Bring a flashlight and go on a guided night hike in the woods. Choose between the haunted hike and the non-haunted hike. Bucyrus Public Library will participate with a Story Walk. You can take a hayride. Pumpkins will also be for sale. Bring the whole family!
Walk & Stroll Wednesday, October 22 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Fall is a great time to explore leaves with young children. The different sizes, shapes, and colors are now available for observation. Join Josh and Chrisha for this leafy program. Will have a take home component. For kids Pre-K and younger.
Tellin’ Tales and Leesville History: The Underground Railroad in Crawford County Saturday, October 25 2PM Lowe-Volk Park This will be a combined session of Tellin’ Tales and Leesville History. The focus is the Underground Railroad in Crawford County. On a map from The Mysteries of Ohio’s Underground Railroads, Crawford County shows Galion, Leesville, Bucyrus and Tiro on the escape routes. Retired history teacher, Dave Fisher, will be present as a resource person. Come, share your knowledge about the Underground Railroad and make local history come alive.
A Trip to Africa Tuesday, October 28 7pm Lowe-Volk Park In early May, Janet & Jim Pry spent two weeks in Tanzania and Rowanda, Africa. They visited Tarangire National Park and spent a day in the Ngorongoro Volcanic crater. They then spent 3 nights in the western Serengeti and viewed the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migration. Upon leaving Tanzania they traveled to Kigali, Rowanda and proceeded to go the Volcanoes National Park which borders on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They hiked into the rain forest to have an up-close and personal visit with the Silverback Gorillas. There gorilla population has rebounded from a low of about 600 to almost 1000 to date. They also spent another day in Rowanda hiking into the bamboo forest to see the Golden Monkeys. The last day of their trip was spent in Kigali visiting the genocide museum which remembers the terrible genocide that took place in their country 20 years ago this year. They will present a picture and video tour of their trip. Feeding Time: Salamanders Wednesday, November 5 6pm Lowe-Volk Park While they don’t need much food, they still need some. Join Josh for this slimy and smilin’ salamander program. You’ll also get a chance to watch the Tiger Salamanders eat and to also hold them. Fun for the whole family. Celebrate the Year of the Salamander!
Bird Banding: Saw whet Owls Saturday, November 8 6:30 PM Lowe Volk Park For the 4th year, Bander Bob Scott Placier will bring his nets, knowledge, and research to gain some insight into Saw whet Owls in Crawford County. Since 2003, Bob has been working with Saw whets near Chillicothe, contributing his research to a national organization, Owlnet. The program will start inside with a brief powerpoint, and then move outside where calling tapes will hopefully draw in Ohio’s smallest owl. Fun for the whole family.
Nature Hike Sunday, Nov. 9 3 PM Sears Woods SNP The last flowering plants and insects of the year can be seen along the trail at Sears Woods. Everything from dragonflies to migrating warblers is possible during this time of seasonal change. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Woods parking lot.
Nature Hike Sunday, Sun. Nov 23 3 PM Daughmer Savannah SNP The russet colors of the grassland habitat at Daughmer make a pleasing display in November. And the bird activity at this time is radically different from what is experienced during the summer months. Meet Warren Uxley at the Daughmer parking lot on Marion-Melmore rd. just north of SR 294.