Park programs, Sept. 16

Seneca County

• Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a make a leaf creation during a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N. CR 33. Kids can learn about the life cycle of leaves, then gather some to create a leaf creation. Supplies are provided. Registration is required.

• All ages can take part in a canoe float at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Canoes, paddles and adult life jackets are provided. Parents must provide life jackets for children ages 8 and younger. Registration is required.

• During a Discovery Series program at 7 p.m. Sept. 24, teens age 12-17 can learn about nature journaling at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Dr. Each month, young people can join a naturalist to discover something new and exciting in the nature preserves.

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


Sandusky County

• Sandusky County Park District invites toddlers and preschoolers to a Tales to Tails program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. The program includes story time, crafts and adventure. Registration is required.

• Families can step back in time, and test their wits and survival skills during an 1817 program 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at White Star Park barn and cabins. Families can become pioneers moving with a group to the young state of Ohio, discovering the challenges along the way. A review session about local history is to follow the program. A light meal is to be provided. Fee is $5 per person. Registration is required.

• A Senior Stroll is planned for 9 a.m. Sept. 24 at River Cliff Park, 1329 Tiffin St., Fremont. Seniors can get some exercise, enjoy nature and learn new things by walking the trails. Registration is required.

• Experience Green Creek at night during a full moon canoe float 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24 or 25. Meet at Countryside Park and carpool to Decoy Marsh to paddle to the bay by the light of the moon while discovering history and wildlife. Participants must register with a partner. Open to people ages 15 and older. Registration is required, but not available online. Call the main office at (419) 334-4495.

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

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District invites children ages 3-7 and their parents for a Puppet Pals: Magical Monarchs program at 6 p.m. Thursday or 11 a.m. Friday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. The caterpillar does not know why, but she’s “Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go to Mexico!” Follow the adventures of a monarch as she goes through her various stages of life, meeting different animals on her journey to Mexico. The program includes a kids’ activity.

• An Animals of Halloween program about snakes is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park. Halloween is a time for “spooky” or “scary” animals, and the snake has been labeled as one of those misunderstood “monsters.” Join Abby to learn about the folklore that causes snakes to a Halloween animal and how to combat the myths. People with phobias are encouraged to attend so they can learn about and experience a live snake to overcome their fears.

• Viewing the Night Sky is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday at Lowe Volk Park. Join Crawford Park Astronomy Club members as they 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 fall months are Saturn, Mars, M-32 (an elliptical galaxy) and NGC-869 (a double cluster). The astronomy club meets each fourth Saturday after sunset.

• Pickin’ Pawpaws is the goal during a 1 p.m. Sept. 23 program at Carpenter’s Bottom, 3229 SR 98, Bucyrus. Pawpaws are the largest edible tree fruit native to the United States. Join Josh and Lisa for a walk through Carpenter’s Bottom looking for the custard-like fruits, and sample the harvest.

• A fall wildflower walk is set for 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at Salem Prairie, Lower Leesville Road and Parcher Road. Late September is a time of transition and most plant species become dormant in preparation for winter. Many wildflowers choose this time of the year to display their brilliance. Meet Warren Uxley to learn about late-season wildflowers and their flowering ecology.

• Take part in an evening of canoeing at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 with Josh and Lisa at Amann Reservoir, 4977 SR 309, Galion. After a lesson on canoeing basics and safety, the group is to take to the water. Register by Sept. 24.

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


Wood County

• Wood County Park District is planning a Canoeing with Crayfish morning 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Weirs Rapids Access, 21095 Range Line Road, Bowling Green. Enjoy a scenic float down the Maumee River with naturalists and ODNR stream scientists who are to point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. Children must be 6 years old to ride in middle, 10 years old to paddle at the front and 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat. Make arrangements with the program leader for center riders or special needs. Cost is $10 per person. Registration is required.

• A free hunter education class is planned for 2-6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the park district headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. The course is designed to finish the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife home-study course with a park officer. Register online. Topics include wildlife conservation, safety and the proper handling of firearms and other hunting equipment. Registration and coursework must be completed in advance. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.

• A Harvest Full Moon Walk is set for 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. The walk takes place during what is often one of the most beautiful moon rises of the year. Registration is required.

• Learn about Bird Friendly Toledo during a program at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Learn how to support bird conservation at home from experts at the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative and Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

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