Sneaky squirrels

Wednesday, January 12 • 5:30 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

Squirrels have been observed pretending to hide (or hide) a nut to confuse potential food thieves. Get out there to learn more interesting squirrel facts. We will even play a game and pretend to be squirrels.

Rock Tumbling

Saturday 15th & 29th January • 10-12

Lowe-Volk Park

You will learn about equipment for overturning stones and about the process of overturning stones. We start a stone glass with rough stone and go through all 4 polishing stages to create beautiful, polished stones. Volunteer Bryan Summer will lead this rockin ‘program! The first session will start the hard tumbling process; session 2 ends with the polishing tumbling. An hour of multimedia lesson will be part of this hands-on activity. Please plan to attend both sessions.

Snowy owls

Monday 17 January • 16.00

Lowe-Volk Park

Snowy owls often migrate from their Arctic cottages to Ohio during the winter months, even to Crawford County! Join Chelsea for an interactive presentation on snowy owls, learn their life story and the best places to find one this winter.

To see the night sky

Saturday, January 22 • 6:30 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

Join the Crawford Park Astronomy Club members as they share their knowledge and telescopic skills with anyone interested in the heavenly sights. Goals for the winter: Andromeda / M31, Triangulum Galaxy, Polaris, Pleiades and Orion.

Feed day

Sunday, January 23 • 1 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

The animals that stay in the Nature Center get a variety of foods. Some prefer worms or mice, while others swallow leafy greens and vegetables. Come and help Lisa feed some of our animal ambassadors.

Small explorers: Ice

Thursday 27 January • 17.00

Lowe-Volk Park

Little Explorers is an interactive program for children aged 0-5 years. The activities will focus on stimulating the senses of infants and at the same time engaging fine motor skills for toddlers. Join naturalist Abby and baby Vincenzo for an ice cream program. Dress for the weather, we will be outside for at least part of the program.

Castalia Pond / Medusa Marsh Bird watching

Saturday, January 29 • 7 p.m.

Castalia Dam

Winter provides the perfect opportunity to work with the identification of waterfowl and gulls, as the population numbers for many species are at their highest. Lake Erie offers a myriad of opportunities to see these birds. Join the CPD staff on a trip along the shores of Lake Erie to search for our target species. We meet at Lowe-Volk Park before driving together to Castalia Pond. We are joined by the Richland County Park District and The Wilderness Center Bird Club. Participants would like to bring snacks; we find a warm place for lunch. This is a family friendly program. Plan to be outside.

To see the night sky

Saturday, January 29 • 6:30 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

Join the Crawford Park Astronomy Club members as they share their knowledge and telescopic skills with anyone interested in the heavenly sights. Goals for the winter: Andromeda / M31, Triangulum Galaxy, Polaris, Pleiades and Orion.

“Nature’s Rainbow” photography exhibition

Tuesday, February 1 to Monday, February 28

Lowe-Volk Park

Beat the blah of winter by stopping at the Nature Center to enjoy a colorful display of Ohio’s original flora and fauna. The photos on display, taken by Crawford Park District Naturalist Chelsea Gottfried, offer a welcome getaway from the whites and browns of winter, giving a glimpse of the rainbow of shades that are coming in the spring.

Home school in nature: Bark and buds

Thursday, February 3 • 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

It is usually easier to identify trees when they have leaves on them. But once you know what to look for in the dormant months, you can still identify the tree species by taking a closer look at the bark and buds of the tree. Dress for the weather. Call the Park District at 419-683-9000 to register your 5-12 year old.

Animals Face to Face: Snakes

Saturday, February 5 • at 10

Lowe-Volk Park

Come and meet the nature center’s snakes up close – you may be surprised to find that they are smooth and soft, not slimy! Join Chelsea to interact with and learn about our friendly snakes, including an eastern fox snake, an eastern milk snake and a corn snake. Fun for all ages!

iNaturalist tutorial

Saturday, February 5 • 2 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

Have you ever wondered what plants, fungi, insects or other animals you see when you go for a walk through the woods or even in your own backyard? iNaturalist is a website / app that helps you identify all living things in nature, while contributing to scientific research. Join Chelsea to learn how to navigate the iNaturalist website, how to use its features, and how to contribute to civic science!


Wednesday, February 9 • 7 p.m.

Lowe-Volk Park

Charismatic and fascinating, woodpeckers enchanted us all. This will be a PowerPoint program that looks into their lives: habitat, breeding biology, ecology and their haunting vocations will be explored in depth. Meet Warren Uxley at Lowe-Volk Park.

Winter indoor bird watching

Saturday, February 12 • at 08.00

Lowe-Volk Park

The winter months provide unique opportunities to observe common winter bird species at close distances, all from the comfort of being indoors. Set up a feeder and watch the birds stream in for an easy meal. Enjoy donuts and hot drinks with the CPD staff inside the Nature Center while we sit and observe common birds visiting our bird food. Binoculars are recommended.


Saturday, February 12 • at 11.00

Daughter of Savannah

Winter is coming to an end and the vegetation is slowly coming back to life. This change in seasonality means a transition for our natural resource herd in dealing with invasive species. Join CPD staff for our latest monthly stewardship program, where the focus will be on removing woody species such as. Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus), Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), Honeysuckle (Amur sp.) And Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). There will be a brief introduction about stewardship and our target species before we head out into the field. Closed toe shoes, long sleeves and trousers are required. There is the possibility of contact with poison ivy. Dress for the weather. Some gloves and tops will be available.

For information or event registration, contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Visit the website or visit the Facebook page to see a schedule of events.

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