Park programs, Sept. 27

Sandusky County

An 1817 Pioneer Family Challenge is planned 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Sandusky County Park District’s White Star Barn, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Families can find out whether they would survive the journey from Pennsylvania to the new state of Ohio. Spend the evening learning about local history and the struggles of early settlers of the Great Black Swamp.

The fee is $5, payable on site. Registration is required by calling (419) 334-4495.

Puddle Jumpers ages 5 and younger can learn about falling leaves at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at Spiegel Grove, Fremont.

Children with an adult companion should take a brown paper bag to gather treasures as the group walks the grove learning about falling leaves and the trees they come from.

Birds are the topic of a Nature Discoveries program noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Mull Covered Bridge, 1515 CR 9, Fremont.

Participants can learn about bird families, feeders, seeds and migration, as well as do some bird watching.

Hancock County

Pioneer Tyke Hikes are planned at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, leaving from the gate house near the parking lot.

Tyke Hikes are designed for preschoolers ages 3-6 with an adult companion. The cost is 50 cents per participant, payable on site with exact change. Activities include pressing apples to make apple cider, grinding corn to make corn meal and visiting the McKinnis House, where they will meet a living history costumed interpreter and get a sample of corn bread and apple cider.

Litzenberg Memorial Woods is at 6100 US 224, west of Findlay.

Families are invited to a fall-color, tractor-drawn hay ride and pumpkin painting with Chris Allen Oct. 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area.

Participants should meet at shelter 2 in the Big Oaks Area of the park. Reservations are being scheduled every 30 minutes 1-3 p.m. for individuals and groups until Thursday at the park office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., with a $3 fee per person until spaces are filled. After the ride, participants can paint a small pumpkin to take home. Supplies will be provided.

Riverbend Recreation Area is at 16618 TR 208, off SR 568, east of Findlay. Call (419) 425-PARK to register.

Crawford County

Children through fifth grade can join a star program at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Leesville.

Naturalist Joy Etter-Link will lead the group to find stars hanging on sweetgum trees. She’ll have a craft ready, too.

Find out “What’s for Dinner” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lowe-Volk Park. Animals at the nature center need to eat, so join naturalist Josh Dyer for feeding time. He also plans to discuss their life histories, and participants may have a chance to handle them.

Rain barrels and rain gardens are the topic of a program at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Lowe-Volk Park for area residents who want to learn more about the benefits of rain barrels and rain gardens and things to consider before installing them in a landscape.

“A Soaking Rain: Permeable Pavers” will be discussed during a program at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lowe-Volk Park.

Tom Boren, an expert from Oberfields LLC, is to lead a program on the permeable pavers that were used in the Ohio EPA stormwater management demonstration at Lowe-Volk Park.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 683-9000.