HOMESCHOOL IN NATURE: THE NIGHT SKY — On Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. atLowe-Volk Park. Crawford Park District Homeschoolers will take a look at the night sky! Dan Everly, with the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club, will bring the inflatable planetarium. We will look at different constellations and the story behind their meaning. Children ages 5-8 will meet from 9-10 a.m. and children ages 9-12 will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sessions will be limited to 20 per age group. Call 419-683-9000 to reserve your spot in each class by Dec. 7. —
PLANETARIUM— on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park, join Crawford Park District volunteer Dan Everly for an evening planetarium program. You will discover different constellations and how they relate to Greek, Roman, and Native American mythology. Dan will also explore the Milky Way Galaxy. For ages 10 and older. Call the Park District to reserve your spot at 419-683-9000.
PINECONE WREATHS — On Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park. Come make a pine cone wreath. The Crawford Park District will provide the pine cones, a 12” wire form, ribbon, and miscellaneous items from nature. If you have other items you wish to add to your wreath, bring those with you. If you want to create a smaller pine cone project, you can create an owl with a pine cone and acorn cap. Call the Park District at 419-683-9000 by Dec. 9 to reserve your spot.
WILD WEDNESDAYS —On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park.The Crawford Park District invites pre-schoolers and their parents to come to the Nature Center and enjoy an hour of nature exploration. Program topics will vary and may include a story, short hike, craft, or a visit from an animal. Come dressed for the weather. Morning and afternoon programs will be similar, just choose the time that best fits your schedule.
OHIO’S RAPTORS — Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park. Ohio has many species of raptors, some year-round residents and others briefly passing through. Join Crawford Park District Naturalist Josh Dyer to learn about raptors and their importance in food webs through enjoyable hands-on activities and a craft. There will even be special birds-of-prey guests. For kids up to grade 5.
NATURE HIKE — Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Sears Woods, 1486 Mount Zion Road, Bucyrus.Each winter brings with it a new set of challenges for all. Meet Crawford Park District Naturalist Warren Uxley at Sears Woods State Nature Preserve and find out what this winter will bring. Food supplies vary from year to year and of course the weather patterns play a key role in determining the makeup of winter bird communities.
LOWE-VOLK ASTRONOMY CLUB: NIGHT SKY PROGRAMS — Friday, Dec. 23 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 30 6 p.m. at Lowe-Volk Park. The Crawford Park District and the Lowe-Volk Astronomy Club invite you to join them as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with those interested in the celestial sights. Bring your own telescope or allow the volunteers assist you with those provided. Targets for the winter are: The Andromeda Galaxy, located 2.5 million light years away! The Bok Clouds which are huge clouds of molecular gas and dust, blocking the star light behind them. If skies are cloudy, we will meet inside to view astronomy videos.
AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT — Monday, Jan. 2 at 7 a.m. Meet at Bucyrus Bob Evans, 1517 N. Sandusky Ave. This is the classic example of citizen science, the Audubon Christmas bird count collects data on bird populations throughout North America. Those who wish to participate as field counters should meet Warren Uxley at Bob Evans. If you would like to count birds at your feeder, contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000 to see if you are located within our count circle.
HOMESCHOOL IN NATURE: WINTER LIFE — Thursday, Jan. 2 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Lowe-Volk Park. Who’s still active at the Nature Center? This class offered by the Crawford Park District, will focus on the critters that are winter inhabitants of the area. We will make a hypothesis about which animals stopped by, and then use trail camera footage to prove or disprove our idea. Children ages 5-8 will meet from 9-10 a.m. and children ages 9-12 will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sessions will be limited to 20 per age group. Call the Park District to reserve your spot in each class by Jan. 11.
NIGHT HIKE — Thursday, Jan. 12 6 p.m. at Unger Park, 1303 Bucyrus-Nevada Road, Bucyrus. Night hikes are a wonderful way to experience nature. Crisp winter air, owls calling, and maybe even coyotes howling set night hikes apart. Join Crawford Park District naturalist Josh Dyer for this nocturnal journey through the prairies of Unger Park. The full moon will be rising as the hike starts to help light the way. Bring a flashlight. Unger Park is west of Bucyrus on Bucyrus-Nevada Road. For more information contact the Crawford Park District office at 419-683-9000. Look for information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District by visiting their web site at www.crawfordparkdistrict.org or by visiting the park district’s Facebook page.