Park programs, June 28


Join Tiffin Park & Recreation Department at Hedges-Boyer Park July 4 for its annual Independence Day celebration, complete with fireworks at 10 p.m. thanks to donations from the community and fundraising by Tiffin Music and Art Festival.

Before the fireworks, community members can hear Rusty Vinyl & Friends play at the pavilion and take part in a cornhole tournament, kids’ games, a water balloon toss, a money hunt and pool games.

Call (419) 448-5408 for more details.

Seneca County

View entries from the park district’s 13th annual photo contest noon-4 p.m. July 7 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve.

That same day, families can join a Leave No Child Inside activity noon-4 p.m. at Garlo preserve. They can spend the afternoon on the trails following clues and stations for an all-natural play day.

Spend an evening strolling through the newest nature preserve in Seneca County beginning at 7 p.m. July 7 at Mercy Community Nature Preserve. The hike is to last about 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the walking stick program. All ages are welcome.

Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion can enjoy catch-and-release Fishing Fun at 4:30 p.m. July 10 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve.

Learn the basics of fishing and then fish in the pond. Bait and poles are provided or participants can provide their own.

For more information or to register, call (419) 435-3915.

Sandusky County

A Leave No Child Inside Play Day is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 6 at Wolf Creek Campground, 2701 SR 53, south of Fremont.

Kids can spend the morning playing naturally by following a list of clues to find activities such as crossing the creek, building a fort, jumping like a frog and making s’mores. No registration is required.

A Nature Discoveries program on plant life is planned for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 6 at Muddy Creek Reserve, 1675 CR 57, Fremont.

Participants on the wetland prairie hike can identify plants that grow only in wet areas and discuss their importance to the diverse habitats.

Register by calling (419) 334-4495.

Hancock County

Celebrate Independence Day at Zonta Landing Boat Rentals with a free half-hour boat rental. Rides are to be available first-come, first-served 1-7 p.m. Thursday as long as weather and river conditions are conducive.

Call (419) 423-1902 to confirm opening and to check watercraft availability and river conditions.

Learn about yoga 9-10 a.m. July 6 at Riverbend Recreation Area in the Big Oaks parking lot. Join Open Circle Yoga and Wellness Center for a free one-hour yoga class in the beauty of nature.

For more details, call Melinda at (419) 427-9642.

Crawford County

Tour Ohio’s newest state nature preserve at 2 p.m. July 7 during a trip to Daughmer Prairie Savannah, 786 Marion Melmore Road, Bucyrus.

Join naturalist Warren Uxley as he visits a remnant of one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems – the burr oak savannah. The area contains 200-year-old trees surrounded by prairie grassland that has never been plowed.

Meet at the parking lot just north of SR 294.

Call (419) 683-9000 for further details.