Park programs, Sept. 9
• Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion to learn about squirrels during a Toddler Trot program at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Dr. During a short hike, kids can look for signs of squirrels along the trail. Registration is required.
• Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion can take a creek walk at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Forrest Nature Preserve. Kids can learn about and look for critters in the creek. Wear boots or old shoes. 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 senecacountyparks.com.
• Sandusky County Park District is taking part in Street Play Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Fremont. The city streets are to be closed to vehicle traffic and transformed into a street park. People can bike, walk, jog, skate and do other activities. Event organizers, the Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, also plan to offer free activity hubs along the route. The day is for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to improve their health.
• A stream quality monitoring program is set for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Wolf Creek Park canoe launch at the north entrance. Water is an indicator of the environment’s health, and can be determined by surveying creatures that live in the river. Participants are to be walking into the Sandusky River, so dress to get wet. No open-toed shoes. Take along dry clothes and a towel. Registration is required.
• Monarch tagging is planned at 2 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. Join staff researcher Tom Kashmer as he captures and tags monarch butterflies during their migration to Mexico. Registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit lovemyparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.
• Crawford Park District has Wild Wednesday set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Participants can enjoy an hour of nature exploration. Program topics vary and may include a story, short hike, craft or a visit from an animal. The program is for preschoolers and their parents. Dress for the weather. Morning and afternoon programs are similar.
• Join naturalists for a gray treefrog survey at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Carpenter’s Bottom, 3229 SR 98, Bucyrus. Gray treefrogs fill late spring/early summer with melodic trills. They also are great wildlife ambassadors. Learn about treefrogs and survey work to sample for these masters of camouflage.
For more information, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordpark
• A Spectacular Spider Search is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Friends’ Green Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Eight-legged friends are plentiful and busy this time of year. Learn about the web-spinning wonders. Registration is required.
• Preschoolers in the Parks are to hear a late summer symphony at 10 a.m. Friday at Sawyer Quarry, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. Children ages 3-6 with an adult companion can learn about the music insects make and create a racket of their own with improvised instruments before heading out to look and listen for noisy insects in the field. Register attending child only.
• An open bouldering rock climbing class is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. Visit anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. get hands-on with the quarry rock as staff members share knowledge, tips and tricks to get beginners climbing safely in the ever-challenging outdoor sport. Crash pads for safe landing and limited chalk are supplied. Wear flexible, sturdy footwear with good grip. No registration is needed.
• Stargazing is set for 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Creek Preserve, 23028 Long Judson Road, Grand Rapids. Learn about late-summer constellations and hear stories told about their formation, then join the Toledo Astronomical Association as they spot constellations and planets. Registration is required.
• A Friends’ Migration Field Trip is planned for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 18. Meet at the park district headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, for a tour of the parks in search of migrating songbirds. A light lunch is to be provided. Space is limited on the park bus, but participants may follow behind. Registration is required.
• Anyone interested in capturing the wonders of the outdoors in photographs is invited to an Intro to Nature Photography program 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Bradner Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. Take along a camera and hone skills at the nature interpretation center. The session is to focus on making the most of natural lighting and taking pictures without a flash. Registration is required.
• Wooly bears are the topic of a program 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Sawyer Quarry Preserve. Find out if the cute fuzzy “bears” have the ability to forecast winter weather. Participants can search for the answer as they look for them on the trail and in the quarry. Registration is required.
To register for programs, visit
www.wcparks.org or call (419) 353-1897.