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Park Programs

Seneca County

A fall walk is planned for Seneca County Park District’s Backpackin’ Babies program at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Infants up to 18 months with an adult companion can attend in a backpack, frontpack, stroller or just be carried as they explore. Fingerplays, stories and puppets add to the program.

The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday 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.

Reptiles are the topic of a Family Fun Event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. The whole family can explore the nature preserve with reptile activities. Walk the trail looking for reptiles and do fun activities along the way. View reptiles up close and personal. No registration required.

An animal scavenger hunt is to take place at a Family Fun Event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. The whole family can explore the nature preserve and walk the trail doing fun activities along the way. No registration required.

All ages are invited to to take part in a canoe float at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Garlo preserve, Canoes, paddles and life jackets are provided. 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.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 447-8091 or email lrose@senecacountyparks.com. Visit the website at senecacountyparks.com.

Crawford County

A stream study is the topic of a Crawford Park District’s Homeschool in Nature program at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. To kick off the school year, participants are going to do a stream study to check for macroinvertebrates. Take along boots or water shoes and prepare to get in the water. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Reserve a spot by Wednesday for children ages 5-12 by calling (419) 683-9000.

A monarch tagging program is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Buckeye Central Outdoor Learning Lab. Participants can learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, its need for milkweed plants and their migration to Mexico. Program attendees will have an opportunity to help Kansas University with Monarch migration and population research by attempting to capture, tag, and release monarchs. Nets are to be provided.

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

Wood County

Join Wood County Park District in a Peak of the Prairie Walk 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cricket Frog Cove Area, 14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet. Prairie wildflowers are the star of the during a gentle stroll to see impressive blooms and the critters that call the prairie home. Registration required.

Learn to use the iNaturalist App during a program 4-6 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Learn how to use app to identify plants, animals and other things in nature. Take along a smartphone. Registration is required.

An EcoLit Book Group meeting is to take place 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. For this meeting, participants are asked to read “Power,” a novel by Linda Hogan. 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.

The benefits of prescribed fire is the topic of a program 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve’s Hankison Great Room. Participants can find out how fire is used as a land management tool by the park district and be able to witness preparation and execution of a prescribed fire at a later date. Registration is required.

Join a naturalilst for a Hiking for Health series 10-11:30 a.m. Friday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Hikes offer a mind-body connection and the wonder of watching seasonal changes. Registration is required.

A parks bus tour is planned 9 a.m.-noon Saturday beginning at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. The tour includes a naturalist-led tour of a few parks with a brief hike at each.

Join an evening of stargazing at 9 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.

Join an evening of stargazing at dark 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.

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

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