Park programs, January 4

Seneca County

Children 12-36 months with an adult companion are invited to a Toddler Trot to learn about raccoons at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, south of Bloomville on SR 19.

Participants can enjoy a story and puppets, then make a raccoon craft.

A Nature Walk Bird Talk is planned for 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at Garlo preserve.

Walk the trails with Linda Rose to discover what lives and lurks in the preserve. Binoculars are helpful.

The walk lasts about 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the walking stick program.

“Magnificent Mammals” is the topic of a family program at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at Garlo preserve.

All ages can explore the mammals of Ohio. Visit the nature center to feel furs, see taxidermied specimens and be prepared to take a short hike looking for mammal tracks.

To register or for more information, call (419) 435-3915.

Sandusky County

Yo-Yo Quilting is planned 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sandusky County Park District’s White Star Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Participants should provide their own yard of yellow and green scrap fabric to help make a corn-themed fundraising quilt. Also bring matching thread and scissors. Fabric can be plain or print.

No previous quilting experience is needed.

Also at the White Star cabins, a “Meet Me at the Cabin” program on knitting is to take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Participants can learn knitting basics. Bring yarn, knitting needles and scissors to learn to create basic stitches and patterns.

Registration is required by calling (419) 334-4495.

Hancock County

Hancock Park District is offering a new series of programs inside its portable planetarium. Called “Planetarium Nights,” the series features a variety of topics for various ages and knowledge levels.

The first Planetarium Night program, “Introduction to the Night Sky,” is to take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, Oakwoods Nature Preserve.

Participants can explore common objects and constellations in the night sky and learn how to find them on their own. The program is for beginning stargazers with little or no experience, and is recommended for ages 3 and older.

Register for the free program by Wednesday by calling (419) 425-7275.

Learn to cross-country ski workshops are to take place 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays in January and February at Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center, shelter 3, Riverbend Recreation Area, as long as suitable weather and ground conditions are present.

Participants can learn the basics of cross-country skiing including gliding, turning, moving forward, climbing hills, falling down and getting up “gracefully” in one Saturday.

Time is allowed for practice and no experience is necessary.

The workshop costs $10, which includes ski equipment rental and complimentary beverages. Equipment is available for youth and adults. Participants must be at least 8 years old.

For more information, call (419) 425-7275.

– Vicki Johnson, Staff Writer