The Seneca County Park District has scheduled a fall foliage hike for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Forrest Nature Preserve. All ages are welcome to walk the trails among the fall color.
Preschoolers ages 3-5 are invited to a "Signs of Autumn" program 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Steyer Nature Preserve.
Forrest preserve is on CR 6 east of SR 231 and Steyer preserve is on CR 33 east of Fort Seneca.
The Sandusky County Park District is planning a bird banding program 8 a.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at Creek Bend Farm, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey.
Learn about bird banding research and watch the process up close. Last fall, 2,683 birds were banded at Creek Bend Farm.
"Respect the Rodents" is to be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Blue Heron Reserve, 2134 CR 260, Vickery. Stroll along the boardwalk while searching for signs of rodent activity. Discover various creatures and learn about their natural history.
Registration is required for both programs by calling (419) 334-4495 or (888) 200-5577.
A Harvest Moon Hike is planned for 8 p.m. Oct 11 at Creek Bend Farm. Spend an autumn evening hiking the trail at the farm while watching the moon rise and shine.
No registration is required and all ages are welcome.
The deadline for entering the park district's "Theres No Place Like Home photo contest is Oct. 13 at the park office or at Dumminger Photo, Fremont.
Entries are to be displayed 3-6 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9-11 am. Oct. 15 in the multipurpose room of Fremont Community Recreation Complex, 600 St. Joseph St., Fremont.
For contest rules and description of the five nature and outdoor categories, call (419) 334-4495 or visit www.sanduskycountyparks.com.
Hancock Park District is to host Pioneer Tyke Hikes 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, leaving from the gatehouse near the parking lot.
Tyke Hikes are designed for preschoolers aged 3-6 with an adult companion. Cost is 50 cents.
Hands-on activities include pressing apples to make cider, grinding corn to make meal and visiting the McKinnis House, where they may meet a living history costumed interpreter.
Capture the essence of fall colors during an adult-only color sketching workshop 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 8 at Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3.
Partiticpants can learn basic pen and ink techniques and proper methods to apply watercolor washes. Sketching is one form of nature journaling, which is a process that allows an individual to record observations, seasonal changes, environmental theory and share information with others in a creative way.
For more information, email Sarah Betts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at (419) 425-7275 by Oct. 7.
Join Crawford Park District volunteer Dan Everly and members of the Richland Astronomical Society for International Observe the Moon Night at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Bucyrus.
Bring a telescope or allow volunteers to assist with those provided.
Children in fifth grade and younger are invited to join volunteer Joy Etter-Link at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Lowe-Volk Park to make a bee mobile and learn interesting facts about bees.
Observe the indoor bee hive and get a taste of honey.
For more information, call (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordparkdistrict.org.