Park programs, June 17

Tiffin Park & Recreation

• The Late Show is featured June 24 in the Tiffin Park & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. in the band shelter at Hedges-Boyer Park. The rest of the concerts in this year’s series, sponsored by Tiffin Moose, include Rusty Vinyl at 7 p.m. July 1 and the Eric Sowers Band 6-10 p.m. July 4 during Fourth of July festivities.

In mid-July, summer concerts are changing location the East Green Amphitheater, 167 E. Market St.

For more information, visit www.tiffin

parks.com or call (419) 448-5408.

Seneca County

• Join Seneca County Park District for a summer solstice hike at 8 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Drive. Participants can learn about the summer solstice as they walk the trail. The walk are to last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program.

• Might Macros are the topic for a Discovery Series program at 4 p.m. Friday. Teens ages 12-17 can join a naturalist at Forrest Nature Preserve, 701 E. CR 6, to learn about macroinvertebrates in a creek. Dress for getting wet. Boots are required.

• Friday is the submission deadline for the 18th annual Seneca County Photo Contest. Categories include Seneca County park scenes, landscapes, nature and an open category. Public viewing is set for July 1. For details, visit www.senecacountyparks.com and go to nature programs and click on photo contest or call (419) 435-3915.

• An Adventure’s Eve day camp for ages 6-12 starts Monday at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center, 10130 W. SR 18, Fostoria. Hours are 6-9 p.m.

Next week’s camp, June 25-29, for teens takes place 9 a.m.-noon at various parks. Teens will be doing projects to benefit the parks.

Other camps this summer include Little Ones Nature Days for ages 3-5 to take place 9 a.m.-noon July 10-12 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, and Nature Camp 9 a.m.-noon July 16-20 at Garlo preserve for ages 6-12.

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

Sandusky County

• A Winous Point tour is planned for 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet at Countryside Park, Sandusky County Park District’s main office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, to get a close-up look at shorebird banding, and then take a tour of the oldest continuously-operating duck hunt club in North America. Meet at Park District Main Office.

• The park district is offering swim lessons at 10:30 a.m. June 25-29 at White Star Beach, Gibsonburg. Participants must be at least 4 years old. Dependent on skill level, children will learn basic water safety, get comfortable with being in the water and learn the beginner strokes of swimming.

• Take part in invasive species control at 5:30 p.m. June 25 at White Star Park’s Doug Haubert Wetland, Gibsonburg. Discover what an invasive is and why they are removed. Participants will be working to clear specific areas throughout the summer. Work/garden gloves are recommended.

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

Hancock County

• Children are invited to take part in day camps with Hancock Park District. A variety of are available. Kids can take it easy at Aeraland Recreation Area, 1141 TR 243, Fostoria, by making their own journals in the shelter, sketching scenes of Aeraland’s trees and early summer wildflowers, and taking a leisurely hike to Goose Lake. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Snacks are provided, but campers should take a sack lunch and a reusable water bottle. Register with $15 per child by 8 a.m. Monday. Call the office for other camps information.

• Discover the spring night sky at Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, Findlay, at 7 p.m. Tuesday during a Star Light, Star Bright program. Participants are required to sit on the floor. Ask about accommodations. All ages are welcome.

• People ages 9 to adult can learn archery Thursday at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Participants will learn how to properly stand, hold and shoot a bow, and practice new skills. The program is led by a certified archery instructor on the grounds beside Dold Lake. Two sessions are offered. The time is 6-7 p.m. for ages 9-14 and 8 p.m. for ages 15 and older. Register with $10 per person by 4 p.m. Thursday. Introduction to Archery is an HPD Leisure Education Initiative program, which involves a series of outdoor recreation skills instructional courses.

• Register by Friday for a family campout at Riverbend. Camp is to begin at 5 p.m. Friday and end at 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants will cook dinner over a campfire, learn about nocturnal animals and play games. As night approaches, there will be S’mores and a night hike before sleep or relaxation by the campfire. In the morning, after a light breakfast, the group is to take a bird hike in the woods and have a scavenger hunt. The campout is recommended for ages 4 and older. Register online with $10 per person.

For more information, visit www.han

cockparks.com or call (419) 425-7275.

Crawford County

• Hike with a Geek at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Nature nerds and geeks unite as they step away from their computers and visit the park for some fresh air for National Hike with a Geek Day. All ages are welcome.

• Help eradicate teasel at one of the best natural areas in the Midwest during a teasel pull at 10 a.m. Saturday at Daughmer Savannah, 700 Marion-Melmore Road, Bucyrus. Teasel crowds out native plants, which affects Daughmer’s botanical diversity. Participants will be teamed with members from the Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association. Take along work gloves and bug repellent. Shovels and water will be provided.

• The park district is to host Mud Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park. Science points to many positive attributes of playing in the dirt, so why not help celebrate International Mud Day? There will be opportunities to just get toes or hands muddy, or to get completely covered in mud. Jefferson Township Fire Department will be on hand to rinse.

• Viewing the Night Sky is planned for 9 p.m. Saturday at Lowe Volk Park. Join Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club as members 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 summer are M-104 Sombrero Galaxy, M-3 Globular Cluster, Rosette Nebula and Jupiter. The astronomy club meets each fourth Saturday after sunset.

• Naturalist Warren Uxley has spent 10 years restoring a tallgrass prairie at Salem Cemetery and plans to share the successes and analyze the problems he has encountered during a program at 2 p.m. June 24 at Salem Cemetery, Lower Leesville and Parcher roads.

• Join naturalist for a canoeing program at 6:30 p.m. June 26 at Neff Reservoir, SR 98, Bucyrus. Learn canoeing basics and take to the water to watch wildlife while paddling. Registration is required by June 25.

For more information, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordpark