Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Viewing the Night Sky Saturday, August 27 8:30pm 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. Sky targets for August: The center of the Milky Way Galaxy, 26,000 light years away (& still local!); M-13, can't get enough of this beauty; M-57 Ring Nebula, a super Nova remnant; M-15, a galaxy. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers to assist you with those provided. It is a spectacular universe.
Hunting Lottery Sunday, August 28 1pm Lowe-Volk Park For more information, contact the park office.
Awesome Adaptations Tuesday, August 30 5pm Lowe-Volk Park It’s a case of survival of the fittest! Animals have many different ways to increase their chance of survival other than being strong. Some have camouflage, others secrete smells; big or small, all animals have or do something to help them to survive. We’ll take a look at the live animals in the nature center and identify their adaptations.
Magical Monarchs Wednesday, August 31 5pm Lowe-Volk Park Learn about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, its need for milkweed plants, and their amazing migration to Mexico. You will have an opportunity to help Kansas University with Monarch migration and population research by attempting to capture, tag and release a Monarch butterfly. Nets will be provided.
2016 Fall Programs
Read a Book Day Tuesday, September 6 10am & 2pm Lowe-Volk Park Come to Lowe-Volk for National Read a Book Day! Bring a blanket or towel to sit on and hear a story about nature read by Lisa Bogard. If you have a favorite nature book you want to hear, bring it with you and we’ll read as many books as we can.
Homeschool in Nature: Who Left That? Thursday, September 8 9am & 10:30am Lowe-Volk Park The first class in the series will be solving who walked through the park. We will take a walk in the woods and look at different clues such as tracks and scat to find the culprit. 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 September 7.
Dragons and Damsels of Sears Woods Saturday, September 10 2pm Sears Woods While Sears Woods is known for its exceptional old growth forest, the river it protects is also a county gem. Many species of dragonflies and damselflies use the Sandusky River for egg laying and cruising for food. ODNR, Division of Natural Areas & Preserves researcher, Tom Arbor, joins CPD naturalist Warren Uxley to survey the dragonflies & damselflies that call Sears Woods home. Nets to catch these river cruisers will be provided, but you may bring your own. Wear shoes or boots to wade into the river. Walking conditions will be moderate to difficult.
Prairie Wildflowers Sunday, September 11 3pm Salem Cemetery Prairie Located just east of the Lower Leesville/Parcher Rd. intersection The tall-grass prairies of Ohio are renowned for their late summer displays of wildflowers. The Salem prairie is a restoration project that is in its 11th year and it is now one of the best prairies in northern Ohio. Meet Warren Uxley at the Salem Cemetery.
Monarch Tagging Monday, September 12 5pm Unger Park Learn about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, its need for milkweed plants, and their amazing migration to Mexico. You will have an opportunity to help Kansas University with Monarch migration and population research by attempting to capture, tag, and release Monarch butterflies. Nets will be provided.
Ice Cream Hike Tuesday, September 13 4:30pm Lowe-Volk Park I Scream! You Scream! We all scream for ICE CREAM! Take a discovery hike with Lisa Bogard and find the yummy ice cream toppings that nature provides for us. When we get back to the Nature Center, we will make some homemade ice cream and top it with some of nature’s treats. Pre-registration is required by September 12.
Schanzenbach Prairie Hike Sunday, September 18 2pm 4924 Henry Cooper Rd. For several years, Mark Schanzenbach has been establishing a tallgrass prairie. Mark has gathered botanical specimens from all over Ohio, and he is eager to share the many spectacular and unusual species he has collected. He has also added a wetland to start his own piece of Crawford County natural history, a planting of native cranberry. Join Mark at his house to hear his story of starting a prairie.
Beaver Fever! Monday, September 19 6pm Lowe-Volk Park Once abundant, beavers were eliminated from the state in the 1800’s. Today they can be found all over Ohio….including Crawford County! Joy Etter-Link is ready to share fascinating facts about this large rodent through fun activities and a craft. Kids will also get to take home their own beaver-chewed stick! For kids up to grade 5.
Unger Games Wednesday, September 21 5:30pm Unger Park Let the games begin! Come to Unger Park and participate in our version of the Hunger Games. We will have 4 stations participants will rotate through: archery, bb gun shoot, tomahawk throwing, and sling casting. All equipment will be provided. For ages 7 and up…including adults! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Boating Safety/Beginner Canoeing Sunday, September 25 3pm Neff Reservoir SR 98 Canoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy nature. And, as always, when on the water, safety is first and foremost. This program will begin with a boating safety lesson, followed by a canoe float around the Neff Reservoir. Pre-registration is required by September 24 (419-683-9000). Funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.
Wild Wednesdays Wednesday, September 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.
Seed Collection Sunday, October 2 2pm Daughmer Savannah Grass seed will be collected from areas of Daughmer that have abundant prairie grasses and then spread to those zones that are dominated by less desirable plant species. Meet Warren Uxley at Daughmer.
Wooly Bears Wednesday, October 5 5pm Lowe-Volk Park We notice them every autumn, crawling across sidewalks and up brick buildings. Where are they going? What do they become? Do they really forecast the winter? Join Josh to find out these facts and more about wooly bears. After a short story about their fascinating life, we’ll take a hike to find these fuzzy caterpillars. Fun for all ages!
Ohio Cave Survey Sunday, October 9 2pm Lowe-Volk Park What’s really beneath your feet? Join Erin Hazelton of the Ohio Cave Survey on a virtual adventure through some of Ohio’s 400+ caves and rock shelters. Learn about the unusual creatures that call these places home and the research that has helped to protect some of these delicate ecosystems.
Boating Safety/Beginner Canoeing Wednesday, October 12 5:30pm Pines Reservoir, Stetzer Rd. Parking Lot Canoeing is a great way to get out and enjoy nature. And, as always, when on the water, safety is first and foremost. This program will begin with a boating safety lesson, followed by a canoe float around the Pines Reservoir. Pre-registration is required by October 11 (419-683-9000). Funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.
Homeschool in Nature: Habitats Thursday, October 13 9am & 10:30am Lowe-Volk Park The next class in the series will be all about animal habitats. There are certain requirements to be an ideal location for the animals. How many can we identify in Lowe-Volk Park? 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 October 12.
Halloween Family Fun Night Saturday, October 15 7pm-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 bonfire, face painting, nature art, wagon rides, and a treat bag for kids. Bring a flashlight and go on a guided night hike in the woods. Choose between the haunted hike and the non-haunted hike. Pumpkins will also be available. Bring the whole family!
Wild Wednesdays Wednesday, October 19 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.
National Reptile Awareness Day Friday, October 21 5pm Lowe-Volk Park How much do you know about reptiles? It’s National Reptile Awareness Day. Join Lisa Bogard in the Nature Center to meet some of our reptiles and learn some intriguing insights about these cold-blooded critters.
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 Astronmy 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.