Park programs, Oct. 6

Seneca County

• The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 14 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. 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.

• Awesome Autumn is the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature preserve with autumn-related activities inside and outside. Learn about changing leaves, varieties of nuts and pumpkins, and go on an autumn scavenger hunt. No registration is required.

• Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion can learn about pumpkins at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Zimmerman Nature Preserve, SR 18. Kids can walk the trail, and then decorate a little pumpkin. 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 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.

• A family Farm Days program is set for 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm. Participants can play games, ride a horse, meet a chicken and pet a goat.

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

Hancock County

• Hancock Park District is hosting the Riverbend Flag City Classic disc golf tournament 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 TR 208, off SR 568, east of Findlay. The Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned B Tier event consists of two singles rounds of 18 holes each. An awards ceremony follows completion of the second round. Registration is 8-9:30 a.m. at shelter 5 with a players meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tee off for round one will be at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. To register, visit www.discgolfunited.com/mobile/event-

detail.cfm/tourn_id/5081. Contact Hugh Bockbrader at (419) 304-2177 for more information.

• Get away from it all this autumn at Nature and Namaste Fall Yoga Retreat 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday as well as Oct. 20 and 27 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, Findlay. Yoga instructor Katy Mercer is to lead the three-week beginner yoga series. Join her for just one class or attend all three. Each class is to end with guided meditation, breath work and a light snack. If weather is favorable, class will take place outside. After class, participants can join in a relaxing hike through the woods. Participants are required to be ages 10 and older. Youth must register with a participating adult. Register with $10 per person by 4 p.m. the Friday before each class at www.hancock


• A Preparing for Hibernation open house is planned for 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Discovery Center. As fall progresses, animals are busy preparing for hibernation, and they each prepare for in different ways. Staff members will explain how animals living inside the Discovery Center deal with the long winter sleep and what they would do if they lived outside. Attendees also can learn about Ohio’s three true mammal hibernators. Mammal furs and skulls are to be on display and hibernator-inspired crafts are to be available for children. Registration is not required.

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

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District is to host an archery pumpkin shoot at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road, Bucyrus. Join Lisa and Abby to test skills as the targets get smaller and smaller. Equipment is provided.

• A seed collection is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday at Unger Park. Participants would be helping the park district continue its mission of fostering the use of native plants in the environment by collecting native plant seed. Equipment is provided. Meet Warren Uxley at Unger Park.

• An Animals of Halloween program about spiders is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Although Halloween is a time for spooky or scary animals, the spider has been mislabeled as one of those misunderstood monsters. Join Abby to learn about the myths and folklore that causes spiders to be used during Halloween and how to combat the myths. People with phobias are encouraged to attend the program to learn and experience a live spider and overcome their fears.

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


Wood County

• An open bouldering rock climbing class is planned Friday at Wood County Park District’s Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. Visit anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 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. The program takes place behind the tan house in the quarry. Wear flexible clothing appropriate for the weather.

• A Fall Foliage Fun Walk is set for 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bradner Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. All ages are welcome to enjoy the most colorful time of year. Learn about why leaves turn red, orange, yellow, purple or brown. Registration is required.

• Join an evening of stargazing at 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Creek Preserve’s astronomy deck, 23028 Long Judson Road, Grand Rapids. See stars, nebula and more sights with the Toledo Astronomical Association. Take along a chair or blanket. The program is free and open to all. No registration is required. For more information, contact Frank Merritt at (419) 535-8775 or frank.merritt@utoledo.edu.

“ªø• The next session of a senior nature hikes series is set for 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 or Oct. 29 at Otsego Park, 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green. Join a naturalist for exercise and watching seasonal changes. Guest speaker is Lynn Ritter from the Alzheimer’s Association, who will talk about “Brain Healthy Practices: Dementia Ameliorated.” Registration is required.

• The 16th znnual Scarecrow Contest & Workshop is set for 5-7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green. Join in the tradition of building scarecrows. Straw, string, support pole and refreshments are provided. Builders provide scarecrow clothes, decoration and support for the scarecrow’s back and arms (to attach to the display pole, if needed). Scarecrow creations can be taken home or entered in the Scarecrow Contest to win cash prizes. Contest rules and registration forms are available at wcparks.org or at the workshop. Contest scarecrows will be left on display for the Oct. 28 Folklore & Funfest at the Wood County Historical Center. Limited scarecrow clothes available first-come, first-served. Registration is required.

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


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