Park programs, Sept. 2

Seneca County

• The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. Dress appropriately for a one 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.

• Monarchs are the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature preserve with monarch-related activities inside and outside. Learn about monarchs, their life cycle, their habitat, what they eat and they how they cope in winter. Participants can go on a monarch 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

• It’s Dog Day at the Beach 10 am.-1 p.m. Saturday at Sandusky County Park District’s White Star Beach, Gibsonburg. Dogs can swim and run on the beach. Suggested times for small dogs are 10-11:30 a.m. and for large dogs are 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dogs must be spayed or neutered and be up to date on shots. Dogs must be wearing a county license. White Star Beach is closed for human swimming. Registration is required.

• Puddle Jumpers ages 2-5 with an adult companion are invited to a Crawlers & Creepers program at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at The Woods at the Luscombe Farm, 2341 CR 213, Clyde. Whether the creature has two, four, six or eight legs — or no legs — kids will be on the hunt for them. Register children but not adults.

• At the same time, Tree Huggers ages 6-12 can learn about soil at The Woods at the Luscombe Farm. Children will be digging in the soil.

• A baby and toddler nature walk is planned for 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at River Cliff Park, 1329 Tiffin St., Fremont, to introduce children to nature. Register children and not adults.

• Canoe with Eagles 4:30-8 p.m. Sept. 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 or 21. Meet at the part district main office, Countryside Park, Fremont, to paddle Green Creek in search of bald eagles. Register with a partner by calling (419) 334-4495. Online registration is not available. Program for ages 12 and older.

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

Hancock County

• Hancock Park District invites horse lovers to take an evening horseback ride, set up camp, enjoy dinner cooked over a campfire, assist the wrangler when taking care of the horses on a picket line (such as feeding and watering, and removing and replacing tack), sleep overnight in a tent and on the ground, break camp, and take an early morning horseback ride — all within a scenic woodland environment. The overnight is to take place at Triple T Ranch, 6717 Marion TR 215, Findlay, from 5 p.m. Friday until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Four sessions are being offered for youth ages 8 and older, adults and families Sept. 7-8, Sept. 14-15, Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 28-29. Maximum weight for a person to ride is 210 pounds. Minimum enrollment is two and maximum is six. An experienced wrangler will lead the rides, prepare the meals, and oversee camp and horse-related activities. After the morning horseback ride, breakfast is to be served back at the ranch.

Registration is open until 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday before each session. Register in person at the HPD office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., Findlay, with $75 per person.

• Self-guided fall float trips on the Blanchard River are available Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend until Oct. 28 starting at 1 p.m. Float trips begin and end at Zonta Landing, Riverside Park. Canoeists and kayakers can enjoy late-summer green and early-autumn brilliance by paddling upstream to SR 568/Sandusky Street bridge and back. The trip takes about 2 hours. All ages are welcome. Youths younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Participants must have the ability to swim. Specify canoe or kayak preference when registering. Kayak weight limit is 275 pounds. Registration is required.

• At 8 p.m. Saturday, Tom Fretz of Millstream Astronomy Club is to present a program about the planet Mars at Riverbend Recreation Area, shelter 5. Following the show, participants can safely observe Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn by looking through the club’s telescopes or providing their own. All ages are welcome. Registration is not required.

• The park district also invites people to experience a close encounter with Neptune at 4 p.m. Saturday at the planetarium at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center. Visitors also can see the new moon and constellations that are out in early September. Participants are required to sit on the floor. Ask about accommodations. All ages are welcome. Register by 1 p.m. Saturday.

• While there were some doctors in Findlay and Hancock County in the 1840s, most medical care would have been done at home. It was mother who did the tending. Her “medicine” would be herbs and plants from the garden. Visit the McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods 1-4 p.m. Sept. 9 to see an overview of the garden medicinal bed and other 1847 medicines. No registration is required.

• With 13 days left of summer, take time to say goodbye to the warm and sunny season and welcome fall at the Discovery Center at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 10. Children ages 3-4 can learn what’s happening in nature, listen to a story and take part in a craft that highlights fall wildflowers. Other-aged siblings are welcome. Registration is not required.

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

Crawford County

• Invertebrates are the topic of a Homeschool in Nature program at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. The class is to start off Crawford Park District’s homeschool season with lessons on invertebrates, which make up more than 90 percent of the animal population. Kids can learn about insects, arachnids and other invertebrates. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Reserve a spot by Wednesday for children ages 5-12 by calling (419) 683-9000.

• A program on monarch tagging is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Buckeye Central Outdoor Learning Lab at Buckeye Central High School, 938 South Kibler St., New Washington. Participants can learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, its need for milkweed plants and their amazing migration to Mexico. Program attendees are to have an opportunity to help Kansas University with monarch migration and population research by attempting to capture, tag, and release monarchs. Nets are to be provided.

• A Bows, BBs and Kids program is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at Crawford County Conservation League, 3477 SR 98, Bucyrus. The park district is partnering with the league to get kids acquainted with shooting sports. During the free event, participants ages 6-15 can shoot archery and BB guns. Equipment is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• Another program on monarch tagging is planned for 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at Lowe-Volk Park.

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


Wood County

• An EcoLit Book Group meeting is to take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. For this meeting, participants are asked to read “The Way to the Salt Marsh: A John Hay Reader” (edited with an introduction by Christopher Merrill). The group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader is Cheryl Lachowski, senior lecturer, Bowling Green State University English Department and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

• A hunting ethics program is planned for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Bradner Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. Award-winning outdoors writer Matt Markey is to present on hunting ethics, safety and hunting’s relationship to wildlife management. Information about hunting at the parks will be shared as well. Registration is required.

• An archery program for hunters is planned 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Arrowwood Archery Park, 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green. Participants can improve archery skills through a beginner-friendly instructional program focusing on the steps of shooting and consistency and shoot at 3D game targets. Equipment is provided, but personal gear is welcome. For ages 10 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Fee is $5. Registration is required.

• The next session of a senior nature hikes series is set for 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 11 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Join a naturalist for exercise and watching seasonal changes. Guest speaker is Janet Miller from Hospice of Northwest Ohio, who plans to talk about “Stress, Coping, and Hope: The Physiology of Stress.” The Oct. 15 program is to feature Lynn Ritter from the Alzheimer’s Association, who will talk about “Brain Healthy Practices: Dementia Ameliorated.” Registration required.

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