Park Programs, June 3

Tiffin Park & Recreation

• North Coast Concert Band kicks off the Tiffin Parks & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. today in the band shelter at Hedges-Boyer Park. Other concerts in the series, sponsored by Tiffin Moose, include Fostoria Community Band at 7:30 p.m. June 10, The Late Show at 7:30 p.m. June 24, Rusty Vinyl at 7 p.m. July 1, Eric Sowers Band 6-10 p.m. July 4 and Summer Splash Aug. 22.

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion to take part in Fishing Fun at 6 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can learn about fish in the pond and then go fishing. Supplies are provided, or participants can provide their own. Registration is required.

• Tom Sawyer Days is set for 2-4 p.m. Thursdays in June, starting this week at Forrest Nature Preserve. Children will read a chapter from the book, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and then re-enact the activity. Attendance at all four sessions would provide the best Tom Sawyer experience, but is not required. Registration is required.

• All ages can take part in a canoe float at 7 p.m. Friday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Canoes, paddles and adult life jackets are provided. Parents must provide life jackets for children ages 7 and younger. Registration is required.

• Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to learn about moths at 9 p.m. June 12 at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Kids can explore the woods for moths and other night-time insects. Moth field guides are provided. 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

• Join Sandusky County Park District for a Grandparents Canoe Trip to Decoy Marsh 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Grandparents and kids should meet at Countryside Park, Fremont, to spend a day on the water floating down Green Creek in search of all things nature. Registration is not available online. Call (419) 334-4495 to register.

Hancock County

• A quiet, adults-only event is planned at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 TR 208, off SR 568, east of Findlay. Meet Hancock Park District program specialist Chris Allen at shelter 5 and set off to enjoy the music of frogs and birds. No registration is required.

• Boy Scouts are invited to attain a Reptiles & Amphibians Merit Badge at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center 6-8 p.m. Wednesday as well as June 13 and 20. Participants can learn how reptiles and amphibians are different from each other and which ones lives in the area. Scouts can become a “parent” to one of them as they complete this merit badge. Register by 8 a.m. Wednesday with $5 per registered Boy Scout. The Discovery Center is at 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay.

• Kids ages 10-13 can register by 8 a.m. Friday for a chance to be outside for 24 straight hours 9 a.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. June 10. HPD’s 24-Hour Outdoor Experience is to be jam-packed with nature at the Riverbend Recreation Area Campground. Activities include a park-wide scavenger hunt, a hike to Findlay reservoirs and learning about Ohio’s bats. The group also is to try their hand at survival skills such as tying knots and building a makeshift shelter. Meals and snacks are provided. Children should take along a pillow, sleeping bag, pajamas, an extra set of clothes and a water bottle.

• Beat the Heat Summer Yoga Retreat is planned 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday as well as June 16 and 30 at the Discovery Center. Yoga is for everyone who can breathe. Katy Mercer, a certified Yoga Fit instructor from Harmony Yoga of Findlay, is to lead this three-week beginner series. Participants will focus on practicing poses that help cool the body and mind with a slow progression for anyone at any age. Each class is to end with a guided meditation and breath work to help give participants strategies for staying cool and grounded throughout the summer. A refreshing snack follows. Participants must ages 10 and older, and youths must register with a participating adult. Register with $10 per person by 4 p.m. the Friday before each class.

For more information, call (419) 425-7275 or visit www.hancockparks.com.

Crawford County

• Join a Crawford Park District stream study at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sears Woods. Monitoring the health of streams is vital to understanding the potential impacts from pollutants. Join Josh in exploring the Sandusky River to discover the hidden life of a stream. Data collected is to be used to assess the river’s health. Wear rubber boots or old shoes.

• A youth fishing derby is set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Kids ages 5-12 and their families can join volunteer Rob Farson at the Lowe-Volk Park pond. Prizes are to be awarded for biggest fish, smallest fish and others. Children must provide their own fishing pole, bait and tackle.

• Take a field trip to Kent Bog State Nature Preserve with Warren Uxley Saturday. Meet at 11 a.m. at Lowe-Volk Park to caravan during the 1.5-hour drive. The program is to focus on the character of Tamarack Bog, which is rare in Ohio.

• A Wetland Wonders program is planned for 7 p.m. June 12 at Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road, Bucyrus. Wetlands are habitats with great biodiversity, and they’re fun ecosystems to explore. Join Josh to catch tadpoles, insects and other critters. Nets will be provided. Wear boots or old shoes.

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


Wood County

• Paddle the Pond every Monday 4-7:30 p.m. June through August 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. The last Monday of every month features kayaks along with canoes — June 26, July 24 and Aug. 28.

• A senior nature hike is set for 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Join a naturalist for exercise and the wonder of watching seasonal changes. Hikes offer a true mind-body connection.

• Bird Song ID Part Two is planned for 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Slippery Elm Trail: Cricket Frog Cove, 4810 Freyman Road, Cygnet. Participants can experience listening for breeding birds as they build on skills learned during the March bird song program.

• An EcoLit Book Group meeting is to take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Friends’ Green Room. For this meeting, read ‚ÄúThe Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age‚Äù by Richard Louv. The group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader is Cheryl Lachowski, senior lecturer, BGSU English Department and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

• Learn from pros during a Bike Skills Bash 1-3 p.m. June 10 at Black Swamp Preserve, 1014 S. Maple St., Bowling Green. Pros from Spoke Life Cycles are to teach fundamental skills to conquer off-road biking challenges and features. Participants must provide their own bike and helmet, and the class is appropriate for riders of all skill levels.

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