Park programs, August 12

Tiffin Park & Recreation

• Saturday is the last day the swimming pool at Hedges-Boyer Park is to be open for the season.

The annual Summer Splash concert is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 28.

Dawg Days at the pool are planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29.

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 to an Under One Rock program at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Clinton Nature Preserve. Kids can learn about life under a rock. Who lives there depends on where the rock is located — on land or in the water. Boots or old shoes are recommended.

• All ages can take part in a canoe float at 6 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Canoes, paddles and life jackets 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 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.

• Pond life 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 pond-life-related activities inside and outside. Learn about turtles, snakes, frogs, fish, birds and waterbugs, their habitat, what they eat and how they cope in the winter. Participants also can go on a pond life hunt. No registration is required.

• One Relaxing Walk is planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Tiffin University Nature Preserve. All ages can walk the trails and learn about ways to help to relax. The walk lasts about 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 447-8091 or email lrose@senecacountyparks.com. Visit the website at senecacountyparks.com.

Sandusky County

• Sandusky County Park District invites dog lovers to enjoy a morning in nature during a Milkweeds and Monarchs program Aug. 16 at Rivercliff Park, 1329 Tiffin St., Fremont. Leashes, vaccinations and tags are required. At registration, ask for starting time.

• A Winous Point tour is planned for 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet at Countryside Park, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, to get a close-up look at shorebird banding, and then take a tour of the oldest continuously operating duck hunt club in North America. Registration is required.

• Meet at the North Coast Inland Trail’s Creek Bend Farm entrance, Lindsay, 1-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Sunday for a ride on the park district tram. The open-air tram might be chilly, so a light jacket is suggested. Registration is required.

• A Senior Stroll is planned for 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at White Star Park beach, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg. Seniors can get some exercise, enjoy nature and learn new things by walking the trails.

For more information or to register, visit

lovemyparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.

Crawford County

• Kids up to grade 5 accompanied by an adult are invited to join Crawford Park District for an Ahh, Grasshopper program at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. They can jump 20 times their body length in a single bound. Grasshoppers are a unique group of insects. Together with their cousins, crickets and katydids, they make a grassland come alive. Joy-Etter Link is to provide activities before leading a trip outside to catch them with a net.

• A frog jumping contest is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday in front of the courthouse in Bucyrus. Take along a frog to the Bratwurst Festival. The event is open to youth ages 16 and younger. Participants must provide their own frog and the frog should be returned to its habitat after the event. Frogs should be kept cool and moist prior to the event. All frog species are welcome. Call the nature center or visit the website for rules.

• A night hike about the senses is planned for 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park. Participants can find out if they have great hearing like a fox, can smell as well as a coyote or as talkative as a frog. No flashlights are allowed. Participants are to use natural night vision. All ages are welcome. However, the night hike can be difficult for younger kids who have a fear of the dark.

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

Wood County

• An open bouldering rock climbing class is planned for Wednesday at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. Visit anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. get hands-on with the quarry rock as staff members share knowledge, tips and tricks to get beginners climbing safely in the ever-challenging outdoor sport. Crash pads for safe landing and limited chalk are supplied. Wear flexible, sturdy footwear with good grip. No registration is needed.

• Canoeing with Crayfish is planned for 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Weirs Rapids Access, 21095 Range Line Road, Bowling Green. Enjoy a scenic float down the Maumee River with naturalists and ODNR stream scientists who are to point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. Children must be 6 years old to ride in middle, 10 years old to paddle at the front and 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat. Make arrangements with the program leader for center riders or special needs. Cost is $10 per person. Registration is required.

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

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