Park programs, Feb. 22

Seneca County

Seneca and Sandusky county park districts are co-hosting a Spring Thaw Tree Huggers program for children ages 6-12 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 2 at Blue Heron Reserve, 2134 CR 260, Vickery.

Dress for the outdoors to walk the trails looking for signs of spring. Bring a snack to share and a mug. A light lunch will be served.

Both districts also are sponsoring a spring clean-up track and trail program for teens ages 12-17 from 2:30-6 p.m. March 2 at Blue Heron Reserve.

Dress for an all-outdoor event with boots and gloves, and provide a snack to share and a mug. A light supper will be served.

Preschool Pals can learn about skunks at 4:30 p.m. March 7 at Tiffin University Nature Preserve.

Children ages 3-5 with an adult companion can walk the trails and learn about the stinky friend in the woods. Boots are recommended.

Register by calling (419) 435-3915.

Hancock County

The annual Maple Sugarin’ Day is 1-4 p.m. March 2 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, Findlay. Visitors can step out on the trails for a self-guided nature and history walk to discover the world of maple sugaring production from American Indians, who introduced early settlers to maple syrup, to an early pioneer encampment with costumed interpreters working hard in the sugar bush.

Litzenberg is at 6100 US 224, west of Findlay.

Growing gourmet mushrooms is the topic of a program 1-4 p.m. March 9 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Findlay.

Join mushroom enthusiast Jim Artman to learn about growing the fungus among us. He plans to teach how to make a mushroom log, what kinds of mushrooms are edible and how to cook them. Each participant will go home with a mushroom log and recipe for cooking oyster mushrooms.

Participants, at least 16 years old, must register with $5 by March 6 at the park office.

Oakwoods is at 1400 Oakwoods Lane, west of Findlay. Call (419) 425-PARK.

Crawford County

Crawford Park District is hosting Arrowhead Day 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Bucyrus.

Artifact collectors plan to display their finds at the nature center and members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio are to be on hand to display their collections and answer questions about unidentified

items in personal collections.

A presentation is planned at 1 p.m. by Dale Stansbery, who assisted in excavating Sheridan Cave a few miles west of Carey.

More than 40 extinct animals and animals now limited to colder northern regions have been excavated from Sheridan Cave. About 13,000 years ago, the first known Ohio human inhabitants, the Clovis culture, left artifacts cached in the rear of the cave.

For more information, call (419) 683-9000.

Compiled by A-T Staff Writer Vicki Johnson.