Park programs, June 20

Seneca County

Children ages 6-12 are invited to a “Becoming Julie” program 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays in July, beginning July 1, at Mercy Community Nature Preserve.

Learn about the American Girl Julie, read a chapter from the book and create an activity. For the full American Girl experience, attending all sessions would be best, but participants may attend any number of sessions.

Parents and caregivers are invited to introduce children ages birth to 12 months to bugs during the next Backpackin’ Babies program at 5 p.m. July 1 at Mercy Community Nature Preserve.

Parents and caregivers can put babies in a frontpack, backpack or stroller to spend time in the nature.

Toddlers ages 12-36 months with an adult companion can learn about “Terrific Turtles” at 5 p.m. July 2 at Clinton Nature Preserve.

Kids can join Linda Rose to learn about turtles. Be prepared to explore the water, weather permitting.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 435-3915.

Sandusky County

A stream quality monitoring program is planned for 10 a.m.-noon June 28 at Wolf Creek Canoe Launch, 2409 S. SR 53, Fremont.

Discover the health of the Sandusky River by searching for critters that live in it. Dress to get wet. No open-toed shoes.

Join the “Insect Investigators” 2-4 p.m. June 30 at White Star Trail by the Tracks, 4899 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Fishing with Ranger Dan is planned for 10-11:30 a.m. July 1 at Creek Bend Farm, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey.

Learn the basics of fishing with Ranger Dan and naturalist Linda. Bait and poles are provided or participants may provide their own.

Puddle Jumpers ages 5 and younger can learn about “Fantastic Fireflies” 8-9 p.m. July 2 at White Star Barn, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg.

Children can bring a net or bug box or share the ones provided to go on a firefly hunt and learn about the insects.

Tto register for programs, call (419) 334-4495.

Crawford County

An archeology dig is planned 9 a.m. June 28. Participants should meet at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Leesville, with naturalist Chris Rothhaar and professional archaeologist Stephen Biel from Ohio Valley Archaeologists to assist in the excavation of a site of the former Dapper Cabin.

According to ancestral records, the cabin was built around 1841. Participants will be searching for cultural remains that could tell the social status of the families and the items they used to sustain existence during some of the earlier years of settlement in Crawford County. The site is east of SR 598 on Remlinger Road.

“Viewing the Night Sky” is to take place at 9:30 p.m. June 28 at Lowe-Volk Park.

Join members of Richland Astronomical Society and park district volunteers as they share their knowledge and telescope skills. Participants may provide their own telescopes or allow volunteers to assist with those provided.

To register for programs, call (419) 683-9000.