The transition from the warm embrace of summer to the cool, crisp aura of autumn is a time of vibrant change, not only in nature but also in the bustling activity schedule of the Crawford Park District.

As September’s bustling program lineup seamlessly transitions into October, Lowe-Volk Park and the adjacent Sandusky Headwater Preserve are set to remain as lively and engaging as ever. With a mission to preserve and celebrate the local cultural, historical, and natural resources, these venues are offering a treasure trove of events to the citizens of Crawford County. Below is a glimpse of what October holds for outdoor enthusiasts and curious minds.

Little Explorers: Pumpkins
Tuesday, October 3   5pm   Lowe-Volk Park

Little Explorers is an interactive program for young children, ages 0-5. Activities focus on stimulating infants’ senses and developing toddlers’ and preschoolers’ fine motor skills. This month we’ll explore colorful, bumpy, slimy pumpkins! We will also be enjoying some pumpkin treats. 🙂

Homeschool in Nature: I Spy
Thursday, October 5   10am & 2pm   Lowe-Volk Park

This month, while going on a hike, we will use our keen eyesight to spy some of the smaller things nature has hidden and objects that are camouflaged. They will probably be hiding in plain sight! Call the Park District at 419-683-9000 to register your 5–12-year-old.

Feeding Day
Monday, October 9   5pm   Lowe-Volk Park

Our animal ambassadors get a variety of foods. Some prefer worms or mice, while others munch on leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. Stop by to help prepare some of the animals’ meals and then watch as they gobble it up.

Flint & Steel Fire
Saturday, October 14   10am   Lowe-Volk Park

There are many ways to build a fire, but using flint and steel is a technique that is sure to impress your campfire crew. Join Mr. Josh as he shows you the necessary materials and methods to successfully start a fire with flint and steel. All materials will be provided.

Haunted Headwaters
Saturday, October 14   8pm-11:30pm   Sandusky Headwater Preserve

They say these woods are haunted, and the river running through them emanates an eerie mist. Join us for a terrifying trek through the cursed woods, along the haunted Sandusky River, and (hopefully) back to safety. Cost for this event is $5 per person; funds raised will be split between the Junior Naturalist Club and our NEW archery range! This hike is not suitable for young children.

Nature Photography
Sunday, October 15   1-3pm   Lowe-Volk Park

Do you enjoy taking pictures of nature and wildlife using your phone or a 35mm camera? We will explore common methods for taking great nature photos for landscape, close-up, nature & wildlife action, flash, and night photography.  We will look at camera equipment and photo editing software.  The best part of the class will be going on a nature hike and taking photos.

Halloween Family Fun Night
Saturday, October 21   6-9pm   Lowe-Volk Park

Head out to celebrate with a night filled with fall fun! Dress in your Halloween costume or just come to enjoy the activities. There will be a bonfire, face painting, nature art, wagon rides, and a treat bag for kids. Bring a flashlight and go on a guided night hike through the haunted woods or go on a self-guided clue hike around the grass mounds. Fun for the whole family!

Face to Face: Spiders
Saturday, October 28   11am   Lowe-Volk Park

Calling all arachnophobes! Today is the day to conquer your fear! We will learn all about spiders’ super senses, while observing several spider species up close. You will also get a chance to hold spiders, including orb weavers and tarantulas!

Viewing the Night Sky
Saturday, October 28    7pm   Lowe-Volk Park

Zombie Zoo
Tuesday, October 31   7pm   Lowe-Volk Park

Delve into the world of nature’s zombies and the organisms that create them! From crickets that drown themselves to caterpillar bodyguards to fungified kamikaze ants (which inspired the popular show The Last of Us), you will be amazed at the gruesome zombie fates that are a daily occurrence in nature!

Image by Martin Winkler from Pixabay