Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Movie in the Park Friday, December 22 5:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Wear your pajamas if you wish, bring your pillow and blanket and settle in for a children’s holiday movie. We will have popcorn to snack on and hot chocolate too! Please call the Park District to register.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, December 23 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Targets for the winter months will include: M-15 and M-22 Globular Clusters, Andromeda Galaxy, the great nebula of Orion, and our very own Moon. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Audubon Christmas Bird Count Sunday, December 31 7am Meet @ Bob Evans in Bucyrus 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 Bob Evans, just south of the intersection of US route 30 and State Route 4 in Bucyrus at 7am.
Homeschool in Nature: Rocks and Minerals Thursday, January 4 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park The Earth’s crust is composed of rocks and minerals, but how many can you properly identify? This month, Homeschoolers will learn how to use the characteristics of a rock or mineral to identify the type it is. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot for your 5-12 year old by January 3.
Owl Prowl Thursday, January 11 6pm Sears Woods Owls are one of the earliest breeding birds, with courtship rituals beginning as early as December. From the caterwauling of the Barred Owl to the “hoot, hoot” of the Great Horned Owl, we’ll try to locate some these nocturnal predators within Sears Woods. Join Josh for this nocturnal stroll in search of owls. Flashlights are recommended.
Winter Weeds Sunday, January 14 2pm Unger Park The dead stems of our formerly green plants have more to offer than just being an overgrown weed that needs cut down. Join Josh to learn about the function of the stem and how it serves the seed head, and how to identify our winter weeds.
Winter Wondering - Who's Been Here? Monday, January 15 5pm Lowe-Volk Park Even in the cold winter months, the parks are home to many different creatures. Take a walk with Mandi Fruth and investigate clues to determine what creatures stick around or visit the natural areas at Lowe-Volk Park during this cold season. We will start with a book, so we know what to look for, then we will take a short stroll around and look for clues. For elementary school ages and younger.
Rock n’ Fossil Day Saturday, January 20 11am-2pm Lowe-Volk Park The Nature Center will be rockin’! Stop by to see various rock, mineral, and gem displays from local collectors and members of the Richland Lithic and Lapidary Society. Bring your rocks and gems for identification and prepare to have a rockin’ good time.
Squirrels Sunday, January 21 1pm Lowe-Volk Park It’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Join Lisa at the Nature Center for a program about Sciuridae found in Ohio. We’ll also take a short hike through the park to look for signs of squirrels in the area.
Woodpeckers Tuesday, January 23 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.
National Seed Swap Day Saturday, January 27 9am-12pm Lowe-Volk Park Stop by the Nature Center to pick up a few native plant seeds for National Seed Swap Day! Examples of what will be available are Common Milkweed, Blazing Star, Joe-Pye Weed, and Mountain Mint. You do not need to bring seeds to trade, but we will gladly accept a smile, a kind word, or a bird seed donation for the swap.
Photography Exhibit featuring the work of Jim McCormac Saturday, January 27 through Saturday, February 24 @ Lowe-Volk Park Come and see nature through the lens of Jim McCormac. From sweeping vistas to tiny organisms, Jim captures the essence of Ohio’s biodiversity.
A Romp through Ohio’s Biodiversity Saturday, January 27 1pm Lowe-Volk Park This winter’s photography exhibit will feature the work of Ohioan Jim MCormac. Jim has spent a lifetime observing and studying nature in Ohio.
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, January 27 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Targets for the winter months will include: M-15 and M-22 Globular Clusters, Andromeda Galaxy, the great nebula of Orion, and our very own Moon. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Homeschool in Nature: Soil Thursday, February 1 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park We’re digging a little deeper this month by taking a look at the different layers of soil. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot for your 5-12 year old by January 31.
Painting at the Park Thursday, February 1 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Will your groundhog see his shadow on Groundhog’s Day? Candy Yocum will take us step-by-step to create this whistling pig painting on an 8x10 stretched canvas. The class is limited to 20 participants ages 5 and up. Please call the Park District to reserve a spot by January 30. A $5 donation is recommended to cover the costs of the supplies.
Tellin’ Tales and Leesville History: Crawford County Bridges Saturday, February 3 2pm Lowe-Volk Park This gathering is organized to share information about local history. Transportation is a central component of our lives. Whether it be a rattily wooden bridge or a grand sandstone supported structure, bridges carry characteristics of charm and place attachment. It doesn’t matter if you had a small private bridge on your farm lane, fished off a bridge over the Sandusky River, or you enjoyed watching a train cross a big steel truss bridge, all stories and photos are important to share and to preserve our history. Local and area citizens are welcome!
Build a Bird Feeder Wednesday, February 7 5-7pm Lowe-Volk Park February is National Bird Feeding Month! It is a great time to make a tasty treat for our feathery friends that stay here for winter. Not all birds eat the same food, so we will have a variety of feeders to make. Stop in the Nature Center to make a birdfeeder to take home with you. The birds will thank you!
History of Sears Woods Thursday, February 8 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Before Sears Woods was a State Nature Preserve, it belonged to the family of Paul B. Sears, a renowned ecologist from Crawford County. Come and join family, friends, and neighbors of Sears Woods as they tell their stories of this great forest. If you have stories or photos of Sears Woods to share, we invite to bring them as well.
Movie in the Park Sunday, February 11 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Are the winter blahs getting to you? Come to the Park and watch a movie about mischievous animals. Bring a pillow and blanket, and we’ll provide the popcorn. Please call the Park District to register.
Puppet Pals: Are You Sleeping? Thursday, February 15 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Friday, February 16 11am & 1pm Lowe-Volk Park Join a Forest Puppet Pal that wanders a woodland in search of other forest animals that might be awake in the winter. From feathery birds, to furry mammals, our Forest Puppet Pal will have many adventures to find out “Are you sleeping?” Puppet show will include a kids’ activity. For kids ages 3-7 and their parents.
Birds & Coffee Saturday, February 17 8am-10am Lowe-Volk Park The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) happens every year in February. This count gives researchers a snapshot of bird distribution and abundance. Participants will help count birds at the Nature Center’s bird feeders and also be treated to some coffee and light refreshments. A take-home component of this program will enable participants to count birds at their own homes and submit data to the GBBC. Come for fifteen minutes or stay for the duration, just come and help with this great citizen science project.
Keeping Warm? Monday, February 19 6pm Lowe-Volk Park During this cold and frozen season, we often struggle to keep warm and comfortable. Did you ever wonder how animals stay warm enough to survive outside? Join Mandi Fruth as she digs into this question. You can expect a warm story, Nature Center scavenger hunt, and an animal craft all related to the many ways creatures survive the winter. For elementary school ages and younger.
Winter Hike Wednesday February 21 5pm Lowe-Volk Park Come out for a Winter Hike! We never know what Mother Nature has in store. We could have an unusually warm day or the heaviest snow of the season. Whatever the case may be, we’ll have an adventure!
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, February 24 6:30pm Lowe-Volk Park Join members of the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Targets for the winter months will include: M-15 and M-22 Globular Clusters, Andromeda Galaxy, the great nebula of Orion, and our very own Moon. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It’s a spectacular universe!
Nature Hike Sunday, February 25 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.
Wild Wednesdays Wednesday, February 28 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.
Arrowhead Day Saturday, March 3 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. Members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio will also be on hand to display their collections. Come view these display and have your questions about unidentified items answered. Drag out that old cigar box and bring those artifacts to show off!