Park programs, Nov. 22

Seneca County

Toddlers ages 12-36 months with an adult companion are invited to paint pine cones at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve.

Dress to get messy and explore kinds of pine cones and then paint some for the holiday season.

Parents of children up to a year old are invited to a Backpackin’ Babies program about pine cones and trees at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at Garlo preserve.

Carry babies up to a year old in strollers, backpacks or frontpacks.

Preschoolers ages 3-5 with an adult companion can make treats for birds during a Preschool Pals program at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Zimmerman Nature Preserve.

To register for programs, call (419) 435-3915.

Sandusky County

Holidays at the Cabin is on tap Dec. 2, 3, 6, 11 and 12 at the Schlea Swartzlander Cabin.

Hours are 7-9 p.m. and the fee is $60. Groups of 12 people can experience the spirit of the season in the 1874 log

cabin at White Star Park, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Enjoy a history lesson, make a Christmas ornament and eat a dessert of oatmeal cookies and blueberry cake freshly baked in the wood cook stove.

Register by calling (419) 334-4495.

Hancock County

Wee Ones ages 3 and younger with an adult companion can learn about black bears during a program at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Other-aged siblings are welcome.

The program includes a story, activities and a craft about black bears.

Join natural resources assistant Bob Sams Nov. 30 to help conduct a Bird Diversity and Population Census.

Interested participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Findlay’s Reservoir 1, south of Riverbend Recreation Area off CR 208. Participants should bring binoculars to count all observable birds to accumulate data that will be used to help monitor population trends, land management effectiveness and as a tool for long-term habitat change and planning.

Participants must be at least 18. No registration is required. Go to for more information.