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Park programs, Sept. 30

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District is to host an Autumnfest celebration noon-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, two miles south of Bloomville on SR 19. Food this year includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and desserts. The afternoon includes music, wagon rides, kids activities, live animals, a puppet show, American Indian artifacts, American Indian drumming and antique farm machinery. Admission and parking are free.

• Lotsa Leaves is the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program set for 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at Forrest Nature Preserve. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore the world of fur, fin and feathers along the trails. Fingerplays, stories and puppets add to the program. 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

• Sandusky County Park District invites children ages 6-10 with an adult companion to a nature art program set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, Lindsey. Register children only.

• Monarch tagging is planned at 2 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm. Join staff researcher Tom Kashmer as he captures and tags monarch butterflies during their migration to Mexico. Registration is required.

• Join Kashmer again 8-11 a.m. Oct. 7 as he bands migratory birds. Registration is required.

• Puddle Jumpers ages 2-5 with an adult companion and Tree Huggers ages 6-12 are invited to enjoy s’mores, hot dogs and hot chocolate during campfire programs at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Wolf Creek Park. Kids can learn about building a fire, fire safety and how to cook tasty treats. Register children only.

• A baby and toddler nature walk is planned at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at White Star Park beach area, Gibsonburg. Register children only.

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

Crawford County

• Habitracks is 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. Children would learn the four main things needed for survival and find all the requirements by reading a map. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Reserve a spot by Wednesday for children ages 5-12 by calling (419) 683-9000.

• Join Lisa and Josh for a fall evening paddle around Pines Reservoir at 6 p.m. Thursday. Learn canoeing basics and take to the water and enjoy trees in fall color. Registration is required by Wednesday.

• Sweetgum: The Star of Lowe-Volk is planned for 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lowe-Volk Park. Lloyd Volk planted trees on his farm prior to donating it to the park district, and sweetgum was a favorite. Joy Etter-Link plans to offer amazing facts and a fun craft as children up to fifth grade accompanied by an adult explore the tree with the star-shaped leaves.

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

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 “Nature as Measure: The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson.” The group meets once a month. Register requested for any or all. Discussion leader is Cheryl Lachowski, senior lecturer, Bowling Green State University English Department and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

• See the Dragon Meteor Shower 7:45-9:45 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Cricket Frog Cove Area, 14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet. Named after the Draco (dragon) constellation, the meteor shower is best viewed right after sunset. Take along a blanket or reclining folding chair and appropriate clothing for an evening under the stars. The shower usually is a calm show of about five meteors per hour, but it has been known to have bursts of higher numbers. The program is cancelled if skies are cloudy.

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

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