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. Colonel Crawford Lions Club Recycling at Lowe-Volk, Saturday, December 13, 9am to noon We will be accepting: Cardboard - Clear/brown/green/blue glass (separate by color) - #1 (PETE) plastics - #2 (HDPE) plastics (colors do not have to be separated) - Newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail - Steel cans - Aluminum cans, Laptops, tablets cell phones and eyeglasses. --------NO ELECTRONICS - NO COMPUTER TOWERS - NO COMPUTER MONITORS OR TELEVISIONS----------------- Household batteries - CFL lightbulbs - from households only, no businesses please.
Nature Hike - Saturday, December 13 3pm Sears Woods Each winter brings with it a new set of challenges for all life forms. Food supplies vary from year to year and of course the weather patterns play a key role in determining the makeup of winter bird communities. Meet Warren Uxley at Sears Woods State Nature Preserve and find out what this winter will bring.
Exploring Evergreens - Tuesday, December 16 6pm Lowe-Volk Park They stay green all year! Evergreens are the color showing through the snow throughout Ohio. We also use them during this season’s festivities. Join Josh to learn about evergreens and the fruiting bodies that accompany most of them. There will be a craft for participants to take home for the holiday season Fun for the whole family!
Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Sunday, January 4 7am - Meet at Bucyrus Bob Evans The classic example of citizen science, the Audubon Christmas bird count collects data on bird populations throughout North America. Those who wish to participate should meet Warren Uxley at the Bob Evans at the intersection of US route 30 and state route 4 in Bucyrus at 7 AM.
Walk & Woof: Howl at the Moon - Monday, January 5 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Full moons always provide wonderfully lit trails. Join Josh, Carley, and the new pup, Sky as they venture the trails. Listen for owls and coyotes as they may get them doggies a howlin’! Fun for all ages and breeds. Bring a flashlight.
Colonel Crawford Lions Club Recycling at Lowe-Volk, Saturday, January 10, 9am-Noon We will be accepting: Cardboard - Clear/brown/green/blue glass (separate by color) - #1 (PETE) plastics - #2 (HDPE) plastics (colors do not have to be separated) - Newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail - Steel cans - Aluminum cans, Laptops, tablets, cell phones and eyeglasses. --------NO ELECTRONICS - NO COMPUTER TOWERS - NO COMPUTER MONITORS OR TELEVISIONS----------------- Household batteries - CFL lightbulbs - from households only, no businesses please.
Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest - Saturday, January 10 10am Lowe-Volk Park Woodpeckers have many special adaptations that allow them to do what they do: drill into trees! Join Josh and Chrisha to learn about these adaptations and more! There will be a woodpecker craft and a tasty bird treat to take home. If the weather is good to us, we’ll take a hike into the woods to try and hear those drummers of the forest: our woodpeckers. For ages up to grade 5, accompanied by an adult.
Global Warming: Environmental Concerns - Thursday, January 15 7pm Lowe-Volk Park The biosphere contains many complex systems of interaction. Global warming is causing changes that will test the adaptability of organisms and the ecosystems in which they live. We can ignore the problem or become informed. What is happening? What could this mean to both the biotic and abiotic factors of our environment? Expect a video with discussion to follow.
Rock ’n Fossil Day - Saturday, January 17 11am - 2pm - Lowe-Volk Park The Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center is a rock hound destination. This year, we will have a collection of Trilobites on loan from the Ohio History Connection (formerly, Ohio Historical Society) and from local rock hound, Tom Kottyan. This will kick off a month long display of those fossils. The Richland Lithic and Lapidary Society will also provide a special exhibit of fluorescent rocks/minerals. Add to that the many interesting exhibitor displays and the stage will be set for an great Rock ’n Fossil Day. Hope you can attend! Bring friends and family.
Trilobite Display Starts: Saturday, January 17 - Ends: Saturday, February 14 On loan from the Ohio History Connection and Tom Kottyan, this display will feature Ohio Trilobites, including our State Fossil, Isotelus.
Iditarod - Saturday, January 17 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Matt Failor, 3-time Iditarod finisher, will be racing his own dog team again this year in Alaska’s 1000+ mile dog sled journey. Last year, Matt and his team finished 15th. Matt is a native Ohioan from Mansfield, and an Ohio State alumnus, Eagle Scout, and is now raising his own sled dog team in Alaska. Learn about his experience through his parents and videos of Matt. If we are lucky Matt will be able to SKYPE us from Alaska. You will also learn about the great race and meet a sled dog from Alaska which Joy Etter-Link adopted from Matt 3 years ago. Fun for all ages.
Night Hike: Owl Prowl 1 - Tuesday, January 20 6:30pm Heckert Nature Preserve “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all!” Ah, the sound of a Barred Owl. Join Josh for an exploration of the fields and forests at Heckert. While owls will be the focus, we wouldn’t neglect any other critter that happens to be out and about. Who knows what will be “cooked up” for us! Bring a flashlight. All ages welcome.
Woodpeckers - Tuesday, January 27 7pm Lowe-Volk Park Woodpeckers are an extremely important group of birds: their impact ripples throughout the forest community they inhabit. Meet Warren Uxley at the Lowe-Volk Nature Center for a PowerPoint Program on the 10 Woodpecker species that live in the eastern U.S.
Great Backyard Bird Count - Tuesday, February 3 7pm Lowe-Volk Park There are many ways everyday citizens can contribute to science. The Park District will host this informational program to introduce backyard birders to this great program sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Participants will be introduced to the process of contributing their bird data and why it is important. The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place each February, just prior to spring migration, enabling researchers to get a glimpse of bird distributions world-wide. If you would like to contribute data to this citizen-science program, this program is a must.
Tellin’ Tales: Crawford County Dairies - Saturday, February 7 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Tellin’ Tales is a meeting to share information about area history. Over the years, there were quite a few dairies operating in Crawford County. Many of those dairies elicit fond memories of a slower, more personal time. Smooth Cool, Andrews, and Sherers are a few dairies that you might remember. Area bottle collectors will bring sample bottles that carried the products of our dairies. Come and share your stories, photos, or other dairy memorabilia. Did the milkman bring your milk into the kitchen and put it in the icebox/refrigerator for you, too?
Leesville History: Leesville Businesses - Saturday, February 7 3:15pm Lowe-Volk Park Anyone who has a connection to Leesville or is interested in the history of our area is welcome to participate in this discussion. Leesville was a busy village in days gone by. It supported many residents plus area farmers too. If you have stories, advertisements, or other articles that document the Leesville shops and services, bring them along and share. Leesville’s rich history needs told, retold, and updated!
The Art of Taxidermy - Tuesday, February 10 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Taxidermy’s roots started long ago when people needed to preserve skins (tanning) for clothing. Through the centuries, Taxidermy developed as way to display animals for scientific study and décor in homes. Local taxidermist, Shawn Bloomfield, will present this informative program on the history and current techniques of the art of taxidermy. You’ll get “stuffed” from all the new info!
Colonel Crawford Lions Club Recycling at Lowe-Volk, Saturday, February 14, 9am-Noon We will be accepting: Cardboard - Clear/brown/green/blue glass (separate by color) - #1 (PETE) plastics - #2 (HDPE) plastics (colors do not have to be separated) - Newspaper/magazines/office paper/junk mail - Steel cans - Aluminum cans, Laptops, tablets, cell phones and eyeglasses. --------NO ELECTRONICS - NO COMPUTER TOWERS - NO COMPUTER MONITORS OR TELEVISIONS----------------- Household batteries - CFL lightbulbs - from households only, no businesses please.
The Heart of Nature - Tuesday, February 17 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Won’t it be fun to hunt for hearts in nature! Join Joy Etter-Link for an exciting activity-centered program that includes nature observation and a craft. Planned for kids up to and including fifth graders. It will be heart-warming!
Night Hike: Owl Prowl 2 - Tuesday, February 24 6:30pm Sears Woods “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all!” Ah, the sound of a Barred Owl. Join Josh for an exploration of the forests at Sears Woods. While owls will be the focus, we wouldn’t neglect any other critter that happens to be out and about. Who knows what will be “cooked up” for us! Bring a flashlight. All ages welcome.
Breaking Up the Land: A Look at Land Surveying - Thursday, February 26 7pm Lowe-Volk Park After Lewis & Clark’s mission to find the “Northwest Passage”, Clark drew up maps of their expedition. His accuracy was within 5%...a rather remarkable feat that set the bar in map making. How were those early maps created? How were boundaries and properties laid out without modern technology? Crawford County Engineer Mark Baker will present this informative program on the history of surveying and how our lands were measured, marked, and broken up into parcels. Mark will give a powerpoint presentation, along with displaying tools of the trade from yesterday and today.
Arrowhead Day - Saturday, February 28 10am-2pm 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. New for this year will be a display on loan from the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society). This display will feature everyday items of the Ft. Ancient Culture, such as pottery sherds, bone tools, game pieces, and more. These items will be from the H. R. McPherson Collection, found at the Feurt and Cramer Village Sites. Members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio will also be on hand to display their collections, as well as answer your questions about unidentified items. Drag that old cigar box out and bring those artifacts to show off!
Ft. Ancient ExhibitStarts: Saturday, February 28 - Ends: Saturday, March 28 A collection of artifacts from the Ohio History Connect will represent everyday life of the Ft. Ancient Culture. Bone tools, ornaments, and more will provide a unique look into the lives of Ohio’s pre-historic peoples
Nature Hike - Saturday Feb. 28 3pm Heckert Nature Preserve 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.