Park programs, Jan. 31

Seneca County

Birds are the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve.

Parents and caregivers are invited to put babies ages birth to 12 months in a frontpack, backpack or stroller to spend time in the nature center exploring birds through puppets and fingerplays.

Call (419) 435-3915 to register.

Sandusky County

Join park district researcher Tom Kashmer in observing frequent bird feeder visitors in winter during a bird feeder banding program at 8 a.m. Feb. 8 and 22.

Meet at the park office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, and travel to private property around the marshes of Sandusky Bay. In indoor comfort, view a “window on wildlife” and learn about bird banding research.

Registration is required by calling (419) 638-1027. All ages are welcome.

Puddle Jumpers ages 5 and younger can make Valentines for the Birds at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 at Countryside Park Shelter, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont.

Spend an evening learning about herbal teas and making tarts in the wood cook stove during a Meet Me at the Cabin Tea and Tarts program at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at White Star Park Log Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Hancock County

Kids can learn about the only mammal to have its own holiday during a Kids In The Park program 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Join program assistant Chris Allen at Phillips Discovery Center in Oakwoods Nature Preserve for a groundhog story and tunnel to explore, make a craft and take a short hike.

The Discovery Center is at 1400 Oakwoods Lane, west of Findlay.

Pizza Planetarium Night, one of the Stars in the Sky series, is planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Discovery Center.

Featured this month are Gemini, Auriga, Camelopardalis, Canis Major, Columbia, Lepus, Monoceros and Pictor. The program is recommended for people ages 5 and older.

The fee is $5, and registration is due Tuesday at the office.

  • Join natural resource assistant Bob Sams to help conduct a Bird Diversity and Population Census Feb. 8. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Discovery Center.

Participants should bring binoculars to help 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 years old. No registration is required.

Crawford County

Rekindle that primal link between man and fire during a fire-building program at 9 a.m. Feb. 8 at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Leesville.

Join naturalist Chris Rothhaar to learn how to properly build and start outdoor camp and cooking fires using alternative and primitive techniques. Safety issues will be addressed as well as types of fire lays and their construction.

“Hatchi: A Dog’s Tale,” is to be featured during Family Video Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Lowe-Volk Park.

The movie is based on a true story of an Akita dog in 1920s Japan remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his master. In addition to the movie, hotdogs and drinks will be provided.

An Environmental Classics Discussion Series is planned for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Lowe-Volk Park.

The first book to be discussed is Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac.” Volunteer Mandi Fruth is to lead discussions.

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