Park programs, April 6

Tiffin Park & Recreation

• Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run competition for area youths at 12:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakley Park, 70 6th Ave. The program is designed to provide youths with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have a chance to advance through four levels of competition including team championships at Major League ballparks and the national finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week.

Individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each division age group at the local competition are to advance to the sectional level of competition.

Participants must provide a copy of a valid birth document for age verification and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition.

For more information, contact Mason Correll, mcorrell@tiffinohio.gov or (419) 448-5408. Visit the website at www.tiffinparks.com.

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion on color walk at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Opportunity Park. Kids can learn about various as they walk the pathway. The program includes a story, puppets and short walk. Registration is required.

• The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. April 13 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S SR 19, 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 Amphibians are the topic of a Family Fun event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13 at Garlo preserve. Families can explore the nature preserve with amphibian activities inside and outside, learning fun and interesting facts about amphibians as they walk the trails. No registration is required.

• Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited on a salamander search at 5 p.m. April 15 at Garlo preserve. W. CR 26. Kids should wear their boots to explore the wetlands in search of salamanders. 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 of children required.

• Meet at Countryside Park at the main office to join an Eagles on Wheels program 5-8 p.m. Friday or 12:30-3:30 p.m. next Saturday. Sandusky County is one of the peak areas for bald eagle activity in the state. Take a tour of the area to view nests and learn about the natural history of the national symbol. Open to people ages 15 and older. Take along binoculars. Registration is required.

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

Hancock County

• Learn to bird with Hancock Park District 9 a.m.-noon April 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Register by 8 a.m. Friday with $10 per person and learn birding basics. The program is to begin in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve at 9 a.m. and will consist of a PowerPoint presentation on how to look for and identify birds and how to use a field guide. Then, the program continues outside on the trails, using new-found knowledge. Binoculars are to be provided. Open to ages 16 and older.

* A hunting and trapping open house is set for 1-4 p.m. April 14 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods where visitors can learn how pioneers hunted game and the wildlife they encountered on their expeditions. The open house is to demonstrate how pioneers used the animals they caught for trade, clothes and food. All ages are welcome. The event is free and registration is not required.

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

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District is hosting a volunteer work day 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Meet at Lowe-Volk Park to work on projects on newly-acquired land. Take along work gloves and a willing spirit. All other equipment is provided. Meet at the nature center.

• Join members of the Johnny Appleseed Chapter 19 of the Archaeological Society of Ohio to walk nearby farm fields at 10 a.m. April 13 looking for remnants of prehistoric cultures who inhabited Crawford County. Meet at Lowe-Volk Park. Be the first human to touch an artifact since it was used thousands of years ago. Wear boots, and walking sticks and small digging tools can be helpful.

• A Conservation Heroes: Woodland Box Turtle program is set for 2 p.m. April 13 at Lowe-Volk Park. Join Naturalist Abby to learn why the woodland box turtle is a species of concern as well as what people can do to help them make a comeback in the wild. The program is the second of a three-part series where each kid receives a cape and then try to collect all three buttons to place on the cape.

• The annual high-tech Easter egg hunt is planned for 1-3 p.m. April 14 at Lowe-Volk Park. Kids should take along a smartphone, GPS unit or borrow a GPS unit to use follow the coordinates throughout the park to discover hidden eggs. Inside each egg is a nature-based question. Kids finding eggs and answering the questions are to receive a small prize.

• Families are invited to a Defenders of the Earth program at 6 p.m. April 15 at Lowe-Volk Park. There is only one Earth and families can learn how to take of it, whether by recycling or providing pollinator habitats or other methods. Joy Etter-Link is to get families started on their path with fun, hands-on programs.

For more information, contact (419) 683-9000

or visit www.crawfordparkdistrict.org.

Wood County

• An open bouldering rock climbing class is planned Wednesdy at Wood County Park District’s Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg. Visit anytime between 5: 30 and 8 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.

• Homeschoolers can learn about Black Swamp animals 10-11:30 a.m. Friday at Bradner Interpretive Center, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. Learn what types of creatures roamed the swamps of Wood County before settlement, which ones are still there and which have disappeared. Registration is required.

* Join an evening of stargazing at 8:30 p.m. April 13 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.

• A Bird Conservation and Eco Tourism program is planned 7-8:30 p.m. April 16 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Guest presenters Kim Kaufman from Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Matt Shumar from Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative are to speak about the benefits of birding tourism and bird conservation initiatives locally and statewide. Registration is required.

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