Spend a Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 15 canoeing and searching for critters around the ponds' edge at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19, south of Bloomville.
Binoculars are helpful. Canoes, paddles and adult life jackets are provided. Parents must provide children's life jackets.
Later the same morning, toddler ages 12-36 months with an adult companion can learn about "woolly bears" at Garlo preserve at 11 a.m. Learn whether caterpillars can predict the severity of winter.
A fall hike is planned 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Bowen Nature Preserve.
Spend an evening walking the trails looking for signs of fall. The walk is to last about 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the walking stick program.
Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to learn about leaf identification at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at Steyer Nature Preserve. They'll learn folklore about trees and how to easily identify them.
Each person should provide an old phone book for collecting and pressing.
Sandusky County Park District invites all to a "Nature's Night Shift" program 7-9 p.m. Sept. 15 at White Star Barn, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg, south of the park's main entrance.
Discover nature at night by participating in a night hike, bat watching, constellation craft and stargazing with Sandusky Valley Amateur Astronomers.
Register by calling (419) 334-4495.
Hike for the Health of It at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 on the North Coast Inland Trail, East Side of Biggs Kettner Park, 601 St. Joseph St., Fremont. No registration needed.
Hancock Park District is offering "Hands-On History: Stocking the Pantry" 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the McKinnis House.
The free program is to focus on how early pioneers got ready for winter. Join Katie McCoy, played by employee Lisa Hursey, as she readies beets for winter storage.
Find out what the early settlers used to keep the pickled foods fresh. Visit with some of the local women in the parlor as they sew muslin storage bags and help prepare for winter. The men are to be in the woodshop preparing tools for winter, chopping firewood and squaring timber.
Litzenberg Memorial Woods is at 6100 US 224, six miles west of Findlay.