Park programs, May 24


Tiffin Park & Recreation Department’s annual fishing derby is to take place 9:30-11 a.m. June 1 at the pond on the Izaak Walton League property, River Road.

Prizes are to be awarded to catch-and-release fishing to youth 17 and younger, and free lunch is to be provided.

June 2 starts this year’s Summer Concert Series with the North Coast Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. at Hedges-Boyer Park.

Other concerts scheduled are Fostoria Community band June 9, The Expando Band June 23, Rusty Vinyl & Friends July 4, The Together Band July 21, Fostoria Lake Plains Chorus Aug. 4 and Columbian and Calvert marching bands Aug. 14 during the annual Summer Splash.

The first Summer PLAY Day of the season is June 6 at Oakley Park. Each session of PLAY (Planned Leisure Activities for Youth) lasts 1-2 p.m. at various parks through the summer, and each features games, crafts and activities.

For more information, call (419) 448-5408 or visit

Seneca County

A National Trail’s Day Hike is planned for 8 a.m. June 1 at Seneca County Park District’s Bowen Nature Preserve, 11891 E. CR 24, Republic.

Also June 1, a Preschool Pals program called “Snakes Alive” is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Preschoolers ages 3-5 with an adult companion are invited to attend.

Toddlers ages 12-36 months with an adult companion can try fishing at 5 p.m. June 3 at Garlo preserve.

A Tree Huggers “Wildlife Safari” program is planned 1-4 p.m. June 7 at Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N. CR 33, Fort Seneca.

Children ages 6-12 can spend the afternoon discovering wildlife that lives in the preserve. A “wildlife” snack will be provided.

To register, call (419) 435-3915.

Sandusky County

Follow a “water trail” from Decoy Marsh to Muddy Creek Reserve during a Canoe Odyssey at 7 a.m. June 1.

Meet at the park office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont. Canoes and lifejackets are provided. Canoe experience is required, and participants should allow five hours for the trip.

Call (419) 334-4495 to register.

A National Trails Day Hike is set for 7:30 a.m. June 1 at Wolf Creek Park Campground.

All ages are welcome to celebrate the day with an early-morning hike. Meet at the campground parking lot at the southern entrance to Wolf Creek Park, 2701 SR 53 south of Fremont.

A stream quality monitoring session is set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 1 at Wolf Creek Canoe Launch.

Discover the health of the Sandusky River by searching for the critters that live in it.

Puddle Jumpers ages 5 and younger can learn about bugs during a program at 10 a.m. June 3 at Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area, 1818 CR 74, Gibsonburg. Grab bug nets and bug boxes and search for bugs.

“Becoming Caroline, an American Girl” program is planned for 1-3 p.m. Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 at White Star Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Children ages 6-12 can “become” Caroline, an American Girl who loves sailing in

1812. Each week is to feature an adventure related to the book.

A Nature Discoveries program about butterflies is planned for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7 at White Star Cabin, Gibsonburg.

Hike the trail behind the log cabins to look for butterflies and learn about the life cycles of various species. Each person is to receive a free butterfly field guide. Bring insect nets if possible.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 334-4495.