Park programs, August 5

Tiffin Park & Recreation

• The last summer PLAY Day is noon-2 p.m. Friday at Oakley Park. Planned Leisure Activities for Youth are organized games, crafts and activities in neighborhood parks. The activity starts with lunch at noon, and activities take place 1-2 p.m. Parents, grandparents or child care providers are encouraged to participate and should stay for the entire program.

For more information, call (419) 448-5408 or visit www.tiffinparks.com.

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to Fishing Fun at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can learn about fish and try to catch fish in the pond. Supplies are provided or take some along. Catch and release. Registration required.

• A Craft Creations program about campfire creations is planned for 8 p.m. Friday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Participants can create campfire snacks as the group gathers around the fire for stories and songs. Supplies are provided. All ages are welcome. Registration is required.

• During a Discovery Series program at 4 p.m. Saturday, teens ages 12-17 can learn about insect research at Forrest Nature Preserve, 701 E. CR 6. Join a naturalist to discover something new and exciting in the nature preserves each month. This month, the group is to look for insects in the prairie area.

• Toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion can learn about “flutterbies” during a Toddler Trot at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N. CR 33. During a short hike, kids can try to catch what “flutters by.” Supplies are provided or kids can provide their own net.

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 children to a Tales to Tails program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. The program includes story time, crafts and adventure. Registration is required.

• Spend a summer evening hanging out near a campfire 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Creek Bend Farm. Enjoy activities, stories and fun for the entire family. Registration is required.

• Dog Walks in the Parks continue at 10 a.m. Saturday at White Star Park. Meet at the barn with a dog to explore the park. Leashes, vaccinations and tags are required. Registration is required.

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

Crawford County

• Create a feather masterpiece during a string art program at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Candy Yocum is to guide participants in making a nature-themed piece of art out of string, nails and a 6×12 piece of wood. Take along a hammer and other supplies are provided. The class is limited to 25 participants ages 10 and older. Reserve a spot by Wednesday. A $5 donation is recommended to cover supply costs.

• The annual Water Carnival is to take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park. The day focuses on the importance of water in an ecosystem and to have a great time getting wet during water games. Highlights include fire trucks, a bicycle that goes across water and a Slip and Slide. Food concessions are to be available.

• Join naturalist Warren Uxley for a dragonfly and damselfly walk at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lowe-Volk Park. The extraordinary but largely unappreciated insects are beautiful, predatory and fascinating to watch, and offer a highly-instructive window into the principals of ecology. Participants are to learn how to contribute to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey.

• A Toddler Trot is planned at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road, Bucyrus. Getting children outside has many benefits, from an environmental awareness to better health. Join Josh and McKinley for a stroll through Unger Prairie to explore the trails and pond. For kids not quite in school and younger.

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

Wood County

• The next segment in Wood County Park District’s senior nature hikes series is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Otsego Park, 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green. Join a naturalist for exercise and to watch seasonal changes. The hikes are to offer a mind-body connection. Sign up for one week or all. Registration required.

• Paddle the Pond every Monday in August 4-7:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. The float a good family outing, a comfort-builder for beginners or relaxing exercise. An instructor is available for introductory safety and skills education. Boats, lifejackets and paddles are provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants can enjoy a nature walk while they wait. Participants must be ages 4 or older to ride, 12 or older to use kayaks. No registration is needed.

• Canoe with Clean Streams 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Partners for Clean Streams is a local non-profit working toward clean, clear and safe water by educating people on ways to be better stewards of waterways and their connected habitats. Join them and a naturalist to paddle around Audubon Island to search for wildlife and showcase the scenic Maumee River. Previous canoeing experience is highly recommended. Participants must be at least 6 years old to ride in the middle, at least 10 years old to paddle at the bow (front) and at least 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat. Fee is $8. Registration is required.

• A Scenic River Kayak is planned 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Weirs Rapids Access, 21095 Range Line Road, Bowling Green. Paddle down the Maumee River with a naturalist checking out ecological features and searching for wildlife such as bald eagles, painted turtles and beaver. A kayaking safety and skills session is to take place before the trip. Previous kayaking experience is highly recommended. Paddling trip is roughly 5 river miles. Must be ages 14 or older and meet other criteria. Fee is $13. Registration is required.

• A Milkweed & Monarchs program is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Participants can explore milkweed, look for monarchs and learn about metamorphosis. Registration is required.

• Learn from the pros of Spoke Life Cycles during a Bike Skills Bash 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Black Swamp Preserve, 1014 S. Maple St., Bowling Green. Participants are to learn fundamental skills to conquer off-road biking challenges and features. The class is appropriate for riders of all skill levels, but children must be at least 5 years old with no training wheels. Minors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians for the program’s duration. Take along a bike, helmet and water. Minor repairs and bike set-up assistance is available. Registration is required.

• Wade in the river during a program 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Buttonwood’s Betty C. Black Recreation Area, 27174 Hull Prairie Road, Perrysburg. Explore runs, riffles and pools. Kids must be ages 8 and older. The program is cancelled in the event of high water. Participants also may be exploring with hands and nets, so wear quick-drying clothes and footwear that can get wet and stay secure. Registration required.

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

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