Park programs, Dec. 4

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to paint pinecones at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage nature Preserve. Kids should dress to get messy as they learn about shapes and types of pinecones, and then paint some for the holidays. Registration requested.

• The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. Dress appropriately for a 1 to 1 1/2-hour walk. Binoculars are helpful and cameras are welcome. The walk qualifies for the walking stick program. No registration required.

• Deer are the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature center with tree-related activities inside and outside, learn some folklore and create a deer craft. No registration required.

• Join Program Director Linda Rose for a moonlight hike at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Tiffin University Nature Preserve. Spend the evening walking the trail and waiting for the full moon to arrive. The walk will last about one hour and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program. No registration required.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 435-3915 or email scpd_programs@yahoo.com. Visit the website at senecacountyparks.com.

Hancock County

• Hancock Park District is hosting a Williamsburg Wreath workshop at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Riverbend Recreation Area’s Brugeman Lodge, 16618 TR 208, off SR 568, east of Findlay. Participants ages 16 and older are to make a freshly cut Williamsburg-style wreath decorated with fruits, berries, cones and other natural materials. Ann Boyd of My Own Backyard Herbs & Flowers is to guide the instruction and offer encouragement. Take along pruning shears or sharp wire cutters and gloves. Register with $20 per person by 4:30 p.m. Monday.

• Kids in the Park for children of all ages is to feature a winter fun hike at 1 p.m. Saturday at Riverbend Recreation Area, shelter 1. Kids can get some fresh air and search for winter hiding spots of animals as well as find tracks and learn where they get food when the snow falls.

• A Wee Ones program about snowflakes is set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday at Oakwoods Nature Preserves Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay. Children can hear a story, play a game and make their own snowflake to take home. The free program is recommended for children ages 3 and younger with an adult companion, but other-aged siblings are welcome. Registration is not required.

For more information or to register for programs, visit www.hancockparks.com or call (419) 425-7275.

Crawford County

• The night sky is the topic of a Homeschool in Nature program Thursday at Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Dan Everly with the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club is to explain the night sky using an inflatable planetarium by looking at constellations and the story behind their meaning. Children ages 5-8 meet 9-10 a.m. and children ages 9-12 meet 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sessions are limited to 20 per age group. Reserve a spot by Wednesday.

• Everly is to present a planetrium program for people ages 10 and older at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lowe-Volk Park. Participants can discover constellations and how they relate to Greek, Roman and American Indian mythology. He also plans to explore the Milky Way Galaxy. Registration is required.

• Make a pinecone wreath 1-3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Lowe-Volk Park. Pinecones, a 12-inch wire form, ribbon and miscellaneous items from nature are to be provided. Anyone who wishes to use other items should take them along. Anyone who wants to create a smaller pinecone project can create an owl with a pinecone and acorn cap.

For more information or to register for programs, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordparkdistrict.org.

Wood County

• Craft a heritage ornament and sing along with carols played on the player piano during A Heritage Holiday 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Carter Historic Farm & Zimmerman One-room Schoolhouse, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green. Join in the holiday cheer at the farm’s open house. Sample warm wassail (spiced cider) and homemade sugar cookies, and make-and-taste bark chocolate candies. Santa is to stop by around 2:30 p.m. for a visit. Visitors also can go to the farrowing house 2:30-3:30 p.m. to hear winter folklore from professional storyteller Chalka Csenge as well as stop at the new Zimmerman schoolhouse site for soup and hot cocoa from the warming fire. Hike the woodlot trail with a naturalist at 2 or 3 p.m. No registration is required.

To register for programs or for more information, call (800) 321-1897 or visit www.wcparks.org.

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