Park Programs, April 29

Seneca County

• Nature textures is the topic of a Seneca County Park District Backpackin’ Babies program at 5 p.m. Thursday at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore textures and nature things along the trails. Registration is required.

• The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Garlo Historic Nature Preserve. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. Dress appropriately for a 1 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.

• Awesome Amphibians is the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature center with amphibian-related activities inside and outside. Learn about frogs, toads and salamanders, their habitat, what they eat, how they have recovered and how they cope in winter. Families can go on an amphibian hunt. No registration is required.

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 is planning to present a preliminary habitat restoration plan for River Cliff Park, 1329 Tiffin St., Fremont, 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the park district main office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont.

• Canoe with Eagles 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Meet at the main office to paddle Decoy Marsh in search of bald eagles. Register with a partner by calling (419) 334-4495. Online registration is not available.

• It’s dog day at the beach 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at White Star Quarry, Gibsonburg. The beach is closed for human swimming and open only to dogs.

• Puddle Jumpers ages 2-5 with an adult companion are invited to a turtle program at 2 p.m. May 6 at Countryside Park. Kids can learn about turtles and make a craft. Registration is required.

• At the same time, Tree Huggers ages 6-12 can learn about fossils. Kids can find a dinosaur bone and look at sea creature that is millions of years old as well as learn about fossils, dig for bones and do an experiment with limestone. Registration is required.

• It’s spring cleaning time at Creek Bend Farm 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 6. Volunteers are needed to help straighten up the grounds around the historic home and the Wilson Nature Center, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey, as well as clean flower beds and organize barns. Registration is required.

• Join a baby and toddler nature walk at 10 a.m. May 7 at Creek Bend Farm. The walk is designed to introduce little ones to nature. Registration is required.

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

Hancock County

• Enjoy a leisurely spring float on the Blanchard River in May with Hancock Park District. Shuttle service is provided for self-guided canoe trips Saturday and May 12 and May 19 from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing. The cost is $20 per person per trip, and registration is open to adults and youth ages 16 and 17. Youth ages 15 and younger are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Trips begin at 9 a.m. Blanchard Landing. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Liberty Landing. Register in-person at the park district office or online at www.hancockparks.com by 4:30 p.m. Friday before the trip. Signing a waiver and parental consent forms are required. There is a maximum of 10 people per trip (two per canoe.) Participants must be able to swim. Participants can see wildlife, enjoy scenic beauty, and in some cases, test their strength, stamina and perseverance. Liberty Landing is along the Blanchard River on TR 89, west of CR 140. Blanchard Landing is on SR 235, south of US 224.

For more information, call (419) 425-7275.

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District invites all ages to a bird program at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sears Woods, 1486 Mt. Zion Road, Bucyrus. Early May is a good time to find thrushes, warblers, vireos and tanagers. Meet Warren Uxley at the Sears Wood parking lot.

• A Burning Desire to Serve: Crawford County Fire Departments are the topic of a Tellin’ Tales/Leesville History program at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park. The program is organized to share information about local history. Dedicated firefighters have protected life and property in Crawford County for many years. In addition to the staff of city departments, thousands of volunteers have served the villages and townships. From bucket brigades to high-tech ladder trucks, there has been an evolution of equipment and methods. Big fires have ravaged industries, downtowns and private homes, and all fires leave a mark on area history. Everyone is welcome to share their stories and their memorabilia.

For more information,

call (419) 683-9000 or visit