Parks Programs, Dec. 16

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District is planning a Winter Solstice Hike for 4 p.m. Friday at Forrest Nature Preserve, 701 E CR 6. Meet at the parking lot around the corner on TR 151. Hikers can walk the trails and enjoy the sights and sounds of the preserve on the first day of winter. The walk will last about 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program. Registration is required.

• Kids ages 6-12 can attend Winter Camp 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 26-28 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Participants can learn about the winter, do fun science experiments, learn how animals cope in the winter and other topics. Kids should dress for the winter as this is an outdoor camp. For a registration form, visit www.senecacountyparks.com.

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

Hancock County

• Find out how animals live hidden all around and become a tracks detective by joining the Hancock Park District for Discovery Stories: Big Tracks, Little Tracks at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday at Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay. The free program is for children ages 3-5 with an adult companion as well as other-aged siblings. Registration is not required.

For more information on programs, visit www.lovemyparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District has Wild Wednesday set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Participants can take part in an hour of nature exploration. Program topics vary and may include a story, short hike, craft or a visit from an animal. The program is for preschoolers and their parents. Dress for the weather. Morning and afternoon programs are similar.

• Wear pajamas and take along a pillow and blanket for Movie in the Park at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Lowe-Volk Park. A couple of holiday classic cartoon movies are to be shown along with an activity, popcorn to snack on and hot chocolate.

• Viewing the Night Sky is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday at Lowe Volk Park. Join Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with those interested in celestial sights. Take a telescope along or allow the volunteers assist with those provided. Sky targets for winter are M-32 (an elliptical galaxy), M-31 (in the Andromeda Galaxy) and the star cluster Hyades, which is 153 light years away. The astronomy club meets each fourth Saturday after sunset.

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

Wood County

• Wood County Park District is hosting Holiday Open Geocaching Friday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Visitors are welcome to stop any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to borrow a GPS unit or participants can use their own smartphone with the Google Maps app to search for hidden gifts in the park. Dress for the weather and be prepared for substantial walking and self-guided exploration. No SWAG for exchange is necessary. A driver license is needed to check out GPS units. Suggested age is 8 and older. Parents or guardians are encouraged to use GPS while guiding children who search for geocaches if children are unable to use GPS. Registration is required.

• A Long Nights Full Moon Walk is set fo 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. During December, the winter cold fastens its grip and nights are at their longest and darkest. Bundle up and enjoy the last full moon of 2018. Registration required.

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

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