Park briefs, May 27

Tiffin Park & Recreation

• The city swimming pool at Hedges-Boyer Park is to open for the season 1-7 p.m. Monday. The pool is to be open daily through Aug. 18. Daily admission is $3 for youth ages 17 and younger, free for children ages 2 and younger, $5 for adults ages 18-59, $4 for seniors ages 60 and older and $2 for spectators. Season passes cost $40 for youths, $50 for seniors, $60 for adults, $80 for couples and $110 for families.

• Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is to host an Art Guild Show 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Hedges-Boyer.

• Also Saturday is the annual Hook Setters Classic youth fishing derby 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Izaak Walton League pond, 3570 N. CR 33. The derby is for youths ages 17 and younger is followed by a free lunch and awards.

• North Coast Concert Band is to perform at 7:30 p.m. June 3 at Hedges-Boyer Park amphitheater.

• Hero Academy day camp is set for June 5-7 at city and county parks as well as other venues in Seneca County.

Check the park department’s website, www.tiffinparks.com, to register for Hero Academy, summer Adventure Day Camps and sports camps.

For more information, call (419) 448-5408.

Sandusky County

• A Surviving the Outdoors program for children ages 8-14 is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Sandusky County Park District’s White Star Park Barn area, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg. Children can learn ways to survive if they were stranded on an island such as shelter building, fire starting and the basics of survival. Registration is required.

• A waddle fence workshop is planned for 3-5 p.m. June 3 at White Star Park cabins. Participants can discover how to make the vintage-style fence and help the park district at the same time. The group is to rebuild the fence between the cabins, and then participants can take their new skills home to make their own. Take along gloves. Registration is required.

• Babies and toddlers are invited on a nature walk at 10 a.m. June 4 at White Star Park’s Doug Haubert Wetlands, 1330 CR 66, Gibsonburg. Little ones are to be introduced to nature on grass trails. Strollers should be “all-terrain.” Registration is required.

• Learn about raised beds and container gardens 6:30-8 p.m. June 4 at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, 720 S. Main St., Lindsey. Registration is required.

• Adults are invited to Extra-Bigs nature camps 6-8:30 p.m. June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at Creek Bend Farm. Flash back to camp days, but with a grown-up twist. Participants can tie-dye shirts, have campfire snacks, learn nature lessons, play games and make new friends. Each session will be different. Plans for June 5 include tie dye, kayaking, a hot dog roast and birding. June 12 is burlap button trees, tree ID, glam-it-up trail mix. June 19 is a creek walk, insects, weaving mats, fruit hobo packs. And June 26 plans include a compass class, wind chimes, kayaks and s’mores with a twist. Fee is $10 per session. Registration is required.

Seneca County

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

• Bugs, Slugs and Other Ugs is the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature preserve with bug- and slug-related activities inside and outside as they learn about their habitat, what they eat, how they cope in winter. No registration is required.

• Mud is topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 10 a.m. June 4 at Forrest Nature Preserve. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore mud and other wonders by the creek. Dress to get muddy. Finger plays, stories and puppets add to the program. Registration is required.

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

Hancock County

• Artists are invited to join a Plein Air gathering 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Hancock Park District’s Litzenberg Memorial Woods’ Gatehouse, 6100 US 224 West, Findlay. The program is for adult and teen artists who paint or draw outdoors in any medium. Each artist provides their own supplies and equipment. Registration is not required.

• Gardening at the McKinnis House is an ongoing program through the summer. Join volunteers 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday to help with the 1847 period garden at McKinnis House, Litzenberg Memorial Woods. Help is needed with the maintenance and care of herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruits, which can include weeding, hoeing and harvesting. A staff person will be on hand. Work days are cancelled if it is raining or if inclement weather is approaching. Take along work gloves. Tools are provided, or volunteers can provide their own.

• An open house is planned for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, Findlay. Visitors can choose to participate in unstructured and/or structured activities such as bird watching via the Windows on Wildlife, see mounted animals and live animals on display, watch nature videos, use field guides and nature books for reading, use the touch table and puppets and see seasonal displays and exhibits. Program specialist Christine Patterson will have bird nests on display and be available to answer questions 10 am.-noon. All ages are welcome. No registration.

• A summer disc golf tournament is planned for 2-5 p.m. June 3 at Riverbend Recreation Area, shelter 4, 16618 TR 208, Findlay. Entry fee is $35 for the Trilogy Challenge, a singles tournament that will consist of one round with two divisions. Participants receive three take-home discs to use for the tournament as well as a shirt, score card, pencil and a mini-marker. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Register by Monday. For more information, contact Ray Gruber, (419) 957-2429.

• The 18th annual Peter Rabbit Tea is set for June 4 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods’ Gatehouse. Times are 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Fee is $4 per person. This year’s Peter Rabbit Tea features the story The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse. Participants will first head to the barn to have the story read by Beatrix Potter. Afterwards, tea and snacks will be served in the 1847 McKinnis House. Children can meet Mrs. Tittlemouse herself and partake in a garden scavenger hunt. Children are required to be ages 4-6 with an adult companion. No other-aged siblings may attend. Adults need not register. One adult is required for two children.

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

Wood County

• A Portage Paddle is planned 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Wood County Park District’s William Henry Harrison Park, 644 Bierley Ave., Pemberville. Join naturalists in exploring a 2.7-mile section of the Portage River. Starting at William Henry Harrison Park, naturalists will point out wildlife and river features along the way, eventually stopping at Lovers ODNR Fishing Access, where participants will be bussed back to William Henry Harrison Park. Cost is $7 per person.

• Preschoolers in Parks can learn about Dragonflies and Art in the Park at 10 a.m. Friday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve’s Nature Center in the Friends Green Room.

• A kayak safety and rescue course is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday. Fee is $25.

• The Senior Nature Hike Series is meeting at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. June 4.

• Paddle the Pond at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve at 4 p.m. June 4.

• Help with a garden cleanup at Bradner Preserve at 6 p.m. June 5.

To register for programs, visit www.wcparks.org or call (419) 353-1897.

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District is hosting Living History Days June 2-3 at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Leesville. The annual historical event celebrates Crawford County’s Revolutionary War connection. The park district partners with a local re-enactment group, Colonel Crawford’s Company, which puts on reenactments of Col. Crawford’s capture, period demonstrations, historical presentations, tomahawk throwing, lantern and bus tours and similar activities. Participants and activities include Russell Morris, Shequonor, Shawnee singer/storyteller; the capture of Col. Crawford; bus tours; Vane Scott: The Many Faces of Old Glory. Saturday includes a colonial school and an 8 p.m. lantern tour. Sunday includes a children’s plant walk.

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

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