Park Programs, Dec. 3

Seneca County

• Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a Recycled Snowmen program at 5 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Kids can use paint and old light bulbs to create a snowman for their holiday trees. Supplies are provided. Registration is required.

• 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 1/2-hour walk. Binoculars are helpful and cameras are welcome. The walk qualifies for the walking stick program. No registration is required.

• The World of White-Tailed Deer is the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature center with deer-related activities inside and outside, learn about habitat, life cycles, what they eat and explore a giant deer puzzle. No registration is required.

• Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion are invited to a Christmas is for the Birds program at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Schekelhoff Nature Preserve, off Water Street along the Sandusky River. Participants can learn about birds in their backyards, and create a Christmas treat for birds. Registration required.

• A Craft Creations program on Christmas card recycling is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Garlo preserve nature center. Take along old Christmas cards and scissors, and choose a recycled project such as a table runner, basket or decoration for the tree. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call (419) 435-3915 or email

Hancock County

• Gather at Litzenberg Memorial Woods 6-9 p.m. Saturday for a McKinnis House Holiday Gathering. Join the family in the sitting room for a sing-along and conversation including a discussion about new traditions that have been brought to the settlement. In the bed chamber, kids will play games and talk about a Christmas tree. Holiday cakes are to be available. All ages are welcome to attend the free program. Registration is not required. Litzenberg Memorial Woods is at 6100 US 224, west of Findlay.

For more information or to register for programs, visit or call (419) 425-PARK.

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District has Wild Wednesday set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Leesville. Participants can enjoy an hour of nature exploration. Program topics vary and may include a story, short hike, craft or a visit from an animal. The program is for preschoolers and their parents. Dress for the weather. Morning and afternoon programs are similar.

• Smells Like Nature is the topic of a Homeschool in Nature program at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowe-Volk Park. Plants and animals leave different signs or smells behind as a calling card. Homeschoolers can use their olfactory system to follow paths in the woods. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Children ages 5-12 meet at the same time. Reserve a spot by Wednesday.

• A nature hike is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday at Sears Woods, 1486 Mt. Zion Road, Bucyrus. Join naturalist Warren Uxley to learn how winter causes challenges for all life forms. Food supplies vary from year to year and, of course, weather patterns play a key role in determining the makeup of winter bird communities.

• Kids ages 8 and older can make pinecone wreaths 1-3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Lowe-Volk Park. Pinecones are to be provided in addition to a 12-inch wire form, ribbon and miscellaneous items from nature. Participants can provide their own items to add to their wreath if they wish. Registration required.

For more information, call (419) 683-9000 or visit

Wood County

• The monthly EcoLit Book Group meeting is to take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Friends’ Green Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. This month’s book is “Crossing Open Ground,” nature essays by Barry Lopez. Registration required. Discussion leader is Cheryl Lachowski, senior lecturer, Bowling Green State University English Department and Ohio certified volunteer naturalist.

• Join a group for a Heritage Holiday 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green. Carols are to be played on the player piano, warm wassail (cider) and homemade cookies are to be offered along with Victorian holiday games at Zimmerman School and other festive activities to make it a memorable experience for the family. No registration is needed.