Park programs, Feb. 11

Seneca County

• Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a join a bird count at 9 a.m. Saturday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids should dress to be outdoors as they find a spot to watch and count birds. Bird identification books are provided. Registration is required.

• Make a raffia basket during Craft Creations at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Garlo preserve. Gather with friends to make a basket to hold small items. Supplies are provided. Registration is required.

For more information on the summer camps or to register for other programs, contact (419) 435-3915 or email

Sandusky County

• Sandusky County Park District invited everyone to enjoy The Night Life 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at White Star Park for star-gazing. Dress for an evening outdoors to learn more about constellations, owls and other tales of the night. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit or call (419) 334-4495.

Hancock County

• Youth ages 13-19 can join a once-a-month Teen Homeschool Hangout 1:30-3 p.m. Friday at the Hancock Park District’s Discovery Center. Each month centers around a science and nature activity. Teens can learn and make new friends. Register with $3 per person by 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

• Lamb stew is to be cooking during an open house 1-4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods McKinnis House. The McKinnis family is to be opening their home to guests on the cold winter day. Mr. McKinnis has many sheep on the farm that produce warm wool clothing and a fine meat. Sit around the fire and share news. Registration is not required.

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District invited children ages 3-7 and their parents for a Puppet Pals: Are You Sleeping? Program at 6 p.m. Thursday as well as 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday at Lowe-Volk Park. Join a Forest Puppet Pal that wanders a woodland in search of other forest animals that might be awake in winter. From feathery birds to furry mammals, the puppet will have adventures to find out which animals are sleeping. The program includes a kids’ activity.

• Help count birds during Birds & Coffee 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park. The Great Backyard Bird Count happens every year in February. The count gives researchers a snapshot of bird distribution and abundance. Participants can help count birds at the nature center’s bird feeders while being treated to coffee and light refreshments. A take-home component of the program enables participants to count birds at their own homes and submit data to the GBBC. Attend for 15 minutes or the whole program.

• How animals keep warm is the topic of a program at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Lowe-Volk Park. During the cold and frozen season, people struggle to keep warm and comfortable. Kids in elementary school and younger can join Mandi Fruth as she digs into this question. Kids also can take part in a story, nature center scavenger hunt and an animal craft.

Wood County

• Learn about invasive plants of Wood County during a program at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Participants can discover how the stewardship department combats invasive species in every park and how to seek and destroy alien invaders. Registration is required.

• Animal Valentine’s: Love Stories from Nature is the title of a program 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Participants can learn about how animals find their special someone, and then head outside for a night hike to listen for owls calling to a mate. Registration is required.

• A living history program called Winter Soldiers of the Past is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at William Henry Harrison Park, 644 Bierley Ave., Pemberville. Experience Wood County at war with members of Anthony Wayne’s Legion from Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission and members of the 68th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as reenactors demonstrate the gear, weapons, clothes, tactics and other aspects of historic winter soldiers of the 1790s and the Civil War. No registration is needed. The camp is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.