Park programs, Sept. 23
• Seneca County Park District is to host an autumn hike at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bowen Nature Preserve. All ages are invited to walk the trails to enjoy the sights and sounds of autumn. The walk is to last 1-1 1/2 hours and is to qualify for the walking stick program.
• A Craft Creations program, Painting in the Park, is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Participants can create their own park painting. No experience is needed. Supplies are provided. All ages are welcome. Registration is required.
• Toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion can enjoy a fall walk at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Kids can learn about fall and go for a short hike looking for signs of fall. Registration is required.
For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 447-8091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at senecacounty
• Join Sandusky County Park District for a morning bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at River Cliff Park to look for fall migratory birds along the Sandusky River. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit lovemyparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.
• Join Hancock Park District at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday for a Wee Ones program about water at the Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay. Children can learn about animals living in lakes and ponds, experiment with water and participate in a story, crafts and other activities. The program is designed for children ages 3 and younger, but other-aged siblings are welcome. Registration is not required.
For more information or to register for programs, visit www.hancock
parks.com or call (419) 425-7275.
• The Barb Dolch Memorial Bikeway Kick-off is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. The event is to memorialize the life of Barb Dolch by riding the bikeway named in her honor. Bike enthusiast Matt Echelberry is to lead the 30-mile ride that traverses the eastern portion of Crawford County. Beginning at Lowe-Volk Park, the bikeway travels through farmland, along wooded river corridors and through Galion and Crestline. There will be places along the way for breaks and water refilling. For those not wishing to ride the whole route, a pick-up is scheduled at the New Winchester Golf Course. Rain date is Oct. 6.
• Viewing the Night Sky is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday at Lowe Volk Park. Join Lowe-Volk 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 summer include Saturn, Mars, M-32 (an elliptical galaxy) and NGC-869 (a double cluster). The astronomy club meets each fourth Saturday after sunset.
• Spend an afternoon remembering Seccaium Park at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Ed and Dee Ann Speece’s home, 1727 SR 19, Crestline. Anyone with stories to tell, pictures to share, or who wants to learn about the former Secciaum Park should plan to attend. Secciaum Park was Crawford County’s amusement park from 1899 until 1948. The Speeces own the property where the park was located and have invited all interested people to their picnic shelter at their pond to share information and to view some of the park remnants.
• Make a wooden slab pumpkin during a fall nature craft program at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Lowe-Volk Park. Take part in painting, drilling a hole for a stem and decorating a piece of fall décor. Participants also can take a nature walk to find a wooden stem, acorns and other embellishments. The program is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required by Oct. 1.
For more information, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawford
• Hibernate, Hike or Hunker during a program 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Friends’ Green Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. As winter approaches, learn about a myriad of strategies local animals use to deal with harsh winters. Families can meet some of animal ambassadors, feel furs and play a game or two. Registration is required.
To register for programs, visit www.wcparks.org or call (419) 353-1897.