Park programs, Dec. 20

Sandusky County

A Tree Huggers program on birding and tracking is planned for children ages 6-12 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 30 at White Star Log Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Kids can learn about bird identification, songs and life histories and take a hike to search for birds and do some tracking of other animals, as well.

A light lunch and beverage are provided. Bring a snack to share.

A teen Track & Trail program called “Park in the Dark” is set for 4-8 p.m. Dec. 30 at White Star Log Cabin.

Youth ages 12-17 are invited to enjoy a night hike, explore the night sky, learn about nocturnal creatures and test their senses in the dark.

A light dinner and beverage are provided. Bring a snack to share.

To register for either program, call (419) 334-4495.

Hancock County

A First Day of Winter open house is set for 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The winter solstice is the day with the shortest amount of sunlight.

Participants are to take a brief hike at 5 p.m., just before sunset. Activities and information about the winter season will be available.

Call (419) 425-7275 to register. Oakwoods preserve is at 1400 Oakwoods Lane, west of Findlay.

Amateur photographers are invited to participate in the park district’s 18th annual photography contest.

Photo submissions are due Jan. 31 at the park office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., Findlay.

For complete details, interested participants should read the contest brochure, which may be downloaded from