Park programs, Jan. 6
• Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion to a Fantastic Furs program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Kids can learn about mammals of the preserve through puppets and a story and explore the furs that go with them. Registration is required.
• Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion can learn about Sensational Snow at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Mercy Community Nature Preserve. Kids can learn about snow, make snowflakes, go on a short hike and enjoy some snow ice cream (snow permitting). 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.
• Learn how earthworms, spiders, salamanders and fungus live under a log in an amazing ecosystem by joining the Hancock Park District for Discovery Stories: A Log’s Life, at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday at the Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center, Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay. The free program is for children ages 3-5 with an adult companion as well as other-aged siblings. Registration is not required.
• The park district is to host its ninth annual Mother Nature Tea Jan. 13 at Riverbend Recreation Area’s Brugeman Lodge. Tea times are 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Children can meet the enchanting Mother Nature character portrayed by Chris Allen, who will read a story about her daughter, Summer. Tea is to be served followed by a seashell hunt on a sandy beach, summer scavenger hunt and the making of a summer in bottle craft. Children are required to be ages 4-6 with an adult companion and no other-aged siblings can attend. One adult is required for every two children. Register with $4 per person by noon Friday at
www.hancockParks.com or at the office, 1424 E. Main Cross St.
For more information or to register for programs, visit hancockparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.
• Join naturalist Abby and Crawford Park District for a sunrise hike at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road, Bucyrus. Wake up early to meet the goal of feeling rejuvenated while enjoying a morning of exercise for those New Year’s resolutions. There is a chance to see animals that are crepuscular, meaning they are active at sunrise and sunset. Coffee is to be available to provide an extra boost.
• Seed cleaning is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at Lowe-Volk Park. Prairie seeds have been collected, dried and stored, but some species need something extra — a good cleaning. Participants can volunteer for an hour to help prepare seeds for future management and conservation projects on park lands.
For more information, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordpark
• An EcoLit Book Group meeting is to take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Wood County Park District’s W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. For this meeting, participants are asked to read “The Snow Leopard,” by Peter Matthiessen. The group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader is Cheryl Lachowski, senior lecturer, Bowling Green State University English Department and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.
• Homeschoolers can take part in Project Feederwatch at 10 a.m. Friday at Bradner Interpretive Center, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. Learn how park volunteers count birds at the windows on wildlife and to help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Registration is required.
• A Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series starts 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green. Join Stewart Orr to learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style is to be featured. Cost for series is $30. The rest of the dates are Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. Registration is required.
• Try arctic open archery Saturday at Arrowwood Archery Park, 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green. Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3 p.m. to give cool archery a shot. No registration is needed.
• An Ice Age Mammals of Ohio program is planned 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 15 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room. An array of extinct animals used to call Ohio home following the retreat of the last glacier. Discover the megafauna and learn about some of the theories behind their extinction. Registration required.
To register for programs, visit www.wcparks.org or call (419) 353-1897.