Park Programs

Seneca County

Join Seneca County Park District for a Summer Solstice Walk at 8 a.m. Friday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, on the grounds of Mercy Health – Tiffin. Spend a morning walking the trail and learning about the summer solstice. The walk will last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program.

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 is hosting a Moonlight Canoe Trip 7-10 p.m. Monday at Decoy Marsh. Meet at Countryside Park, Fremont, and carpool to Decoy Marsh to enjoy a float down Green Creek by the light of the moon. Registration is required, but not available online. Call the main office at (419) 334-4495.

Take a tour of Winous Point 9:30 a.m.-noon June 22. Meet at Countryside Park to join a group for a close-up look at shorebird banding, and then take a tour of the oldest continuously operating duck hunt club in North America.

A Pioneer Picnic is planned 6-8 p.m. June 22 at White Star Park cabins, Gibsonburg. Join the band, Sugar Grove, for an evening of bluegrass music at the cabins. Take along a blanket, chairs and a picnic dinner. There also will be pioneer activities for visitors to try.

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

Hancock County

A Full Strawberry Moon Hike is set for 9 p.m. Monday at Hancock Park District’s Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 TR 208, east of Findlay. Participants can explore their senses at night, learn where the name “strawberry” came from, participate in fun activities appropriate for all ages and enjoy the sights and sounds of the park at night. The free program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Registration is not required. Participants should meet at shelter 7 for a hike of more than a mile.

Crawford County

Crawford Park District is seeking people to take part in a teasel pull at 10 a.m. June 22 at Daughmer Savannah. Participants are to help eradicate teasel, which crowds out native plants, affecting Daughmer’s botanical diversity. Volunteers will be teaming up with members from Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association. Take along work gloves and bug repellent. Shovels and water will be provided.

Viewing the Night Sky is planned for 9 p.m. June 22 at Lowe Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Join Crawford Park Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with those interested in celestial sights. Take a telescope along or allow the volunteers assist with those provided. Summer skies are famous for viewing galaxies, and volunteers will show participants several, including m-87, the giant elliptical galaxy where a photo was recently take of its massive black hole that is 6.5 billion times the mass of the sun; m-104, the Sombrero Galaxy, which is a lenticular galaxy providing a nearly edge-on view and resembles a lens; m-44 is an open cluster called the Beehive Cluster, which can be viewed with binoculars or the naked eye and is only 520 light years away; Mizar and Alcor, also called “The Horse and Rider,” are found in the handle of the Big Dipper, and are a binary star system, which means the two stars orbit around a central mass. If needed, the group will meet inside and show videos.

Join Warren Uxley at 2 p.m. June 23 for a view of a restored tallgrass prairie. He has spent the last decade restoring a tallgrass prairie at the Salem Cemetery and will be sharing the successes and analyzing the problems he has encountered during the project. The site is at Lower Leesville Road and Parcher Road.

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

Wood County

Paddle the Pond 4-7:30 p.m. Monday at Wood County Park District’s W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. The float a good family outing, a comfort-builder for beginners or relaxing exercise. An instructor is available for introductory safety and skills education. Boats, lifejackets and paddles are provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants can enjoy a nature walk while they wait. The last Monday of every month is to feature kayaks along with canoes – June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26. Participants must be ages 4 or older to ride, 12 or older to use kayaks. No registration is needed.

A full moon walk is planned 8:30-10 p.m. Monday at Slippery Elm Trail, 14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet. Enjoy a gentle stroll under the full Strawberry Moon and learn moon lore while looking and listening for nocturnal wildlife. Bug spray, repellent technology or clothing is recommended. Flashlights must have red lenses. No dogs permitted. Registration required.

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