Park programs, Aug. 9
The Summer Concert Series ends with Summer Splash Wednesday at Hedges-Boyer Park.
Columbian and Calvert high school marching bands are to perform for free at 7 p.m.
Join Linda Rose at Clinton Nature Preserve at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 for a morning hike along the Sandusky River observing the sights and hearing the sounds of nature.
Clinton preserve’s entrance is on TR 132 off SR 53. The walk will last about 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the walking stick program.
Adults ages 18 and older can learn about bird banding research in a wetland area at Winous Point Aug. 17.
Meet at the park office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, at 7 a.m. to see shorebirds up close and to visit the oldest duck club in North America.
Registration is required by calling (419) 334-4495.
A Leave No Child Inside Play Day is set for noon-3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Wolf Creek Campground, 2701 SR 53.
Kids can spend the afternoon in natural play by following a list of clues to find activity areas – cross the creek, build a fort, jump like a frog, make s’mores and others.
No registration is required.
Rug braiding is the topic of “Meet Me at the Cabin” at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at White Star Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.
Learn the lost art of rug braiding and start a rug. Bring a yard of cotton material, scissors, needle and thread.
Register by calling (419) 334-4495.
Hancock Park District, Pheasants Forever, Whitetails Unlimited and Quail Forever are planning a No Child Left Indoors morning at Oakwoods Nature Preserve filled with outdoor adventure skills especially for youth 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 17.
Free activities include fishing, archery, canoeing/kayaking, BB gun shooting, tree stand safety and other topics.
Register by calling Mark Plesac at (419) 722-6771.
Find out what makes prairies spectacular and how Oakwoods is special for having one during a program Aug. 14.
A PowerPoint program begins at 7 p.m., followed by a hike to explore the prairie. The group then is to return to the Discovery Center for activities.
Experience Arts in the Outdoors, a new series with local artist Sharon Hammer Baker, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 16.
Artists are to gather at the park district headquarters parking lot. Professional and amateur artists are welcome to meet monthly to paint or draw in their chosen medium in the company of other artists to hone their skills while finding inspiration in the parks. At the end of the session, artists may share their work, even if not completed.
Artists provide their own painting or drawing supplies, and may attend one or all sessions in the series. The program is open to adults or juniors and seniors in high school who have completed one year of drawing or painting class.
Viewing the Night Sky is planned at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Leesville.
Join volunteers and members of the Richland Astronomical Society as they share knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the night sky. Participants may bring their own telescope or allow volunteers to assist with those provided.
Walk & Woof: Touring a Prairie is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road, west of Bucyrus.
Join the group for a stroll
through the park prairie, exploring plants and insects that call prairies home.