Park programs, July 29
• Worms are the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 10 a.m. Monday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve. Parents, grandparents or caregivers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore the world of fur, fin and feathers along the trails. Fingerplays, stories and puppets add to the program. Registration is required.
For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 447-8091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at senecacountyparks.com.
• Puddle Jumpers ages 2-5 with an adult companion are invited to wear their best camouflage at 2 p.m. Sunday at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center to play games and learn about animals that use their colors to their advantage. Registration is required.
• At the same time, Tree Huggers ages 6-12 can learn about woodland wonders by looking high and low for creatures that live there. Registration is required.
• A baby and toddler nature walk is planned for 10 a.m. Monday at White Star Park barn, Gibonsburg. Introduce little ones to nature. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit lovemyparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.
• Family tent camping is open at 5 p.m. Friday at Lowe-Volk Park. Families are invited to pitch a tent around the pond for an all-night campout. Registration opens at 7 p.m. Activities are to include fishing and hiking, watching the night sky and roasting s’mores. Take along a tent, blankets and a treat to share around the campfire. Advanced registration is required. Youths must be accompanied by an adult.
• The “Tellin’ Tales” and Leesville history topic for 2 p.m. Saturday is Fact or Fiction: It Lived in Crawford County. The quarterly program is designed to share information about Crawford County’s natural history. If it can be done, it is important to identify misconceptions and to stimulate comments such as, “Wow, I never knew that green snakes lived in Crawford County.” Correctly identifying, naming and documenting wildlife is the goal.
• Learn about crickets and katydids at 8:30 p.m. Monday at Unger Park. Tree crickets; ground crickets; and meadow, conehead and bush katydids all combine to create a rich cacophony to the twilight hours of late summer. Some are harsh and discordant, while others are soothing and restful. Meet Warren Uxley at Unger Park and learn the sounds of late summer evenings.
For more information, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordparkdistrict.org.