Join in the fun during the remainder of April at Lowe-Volk Park and Nature Center as the Crawford Park District hosts a bevy of activities designed to entertain and educate the entire family about the great outdoors.

In addition to the following, remember that the Nature Center has launched its regular summer hours.  The Center is now open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.  Saturday and Sunday the building will be open from noon to 4pm.  All of the parks of the Crawford Park District are open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

For more information on any of the following, call 419.683.9000. Lowe-Volk Park is located just four miles north of Galion on State Route 598 (Portland Way North).

Wildflower WalkMonday, April 17   2pm

Join Naturalist Chelsea for a leisurely stroll through the woodland to admire our spring blooming wildflowers, including an uncommon hybrid violet. Our focus will be on identification, but photography will be encouraged. Tips for photographing flowers will be provided and interesting natural history tidbits about specialist bees and myrmecochory will be shared.

Little Explorers: FrogsTuesday, April 18   5pm

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 slimy, slippery frogs and their bumpy cousins: toads! We’ll be inside and outside, so dress for the weather!

Book ClubWednesday, April 19   6pm

Recycled Project Display?Saturday, April 22 – Saturday, May 6

Miss Lisa Smith’s 4th grade class at Colonel Crawford has been providing excellent examples of using everyday items and turning them into usable projects for many years. Come to the Nature Center and see the students’ creative ways to turn trash into treasure with their recycled projects.  

StewardshipSaturday, April 22   9am

Join CPD staff for a stewardship program where the focus will be on woody species. There will be a brief introduction about stewardship and our target species before heading out into the woods. Closed-toe shoes, long sleeves, and pants are recommended. Some gloves and loppers will be available.

Earth Day Seed SwapSaturday, April 22   10am-12pm

Help us help the birds and we’ll help you help pollinators! Bring in a bag of bird seed to help our feeder visitors, and you’ll get to take home a packet of wildflower seed. The seed packets will contain native prairie species which are adapted to our north-central Ohio climate.  

Viewing the Night SkySaturday, April 22   8:30pm

Wild EdiblesSaturday, April 29   2pm

Many of the plants (and fungi) growing in our local wild spaces are edible and tasty, and some of them can even be found in your own yard! Learn which wild plants are the most nutritious and delicious while foraging with Naturalist Chelsea around the Nature Center. There will be opportunities to sample some of our best spring wild edibles. Please wear appropriate footwear for a walk through the woods. Fun for all ages!

Viewing the Night SkySaturday, April 29   8:30pm

Feeding DaySunday, April 30   1pm

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

Girl Scouts: Animal HabitatsSunday, April 30   2:30pm

Are you a Junior Girl Scout? If so, join Troop 4253 to learn all about animal habitats. We’ll go on a hike looking for animals in their natural habitat, make observations of animals, and recreate a habitat for an animal. Junior Girl Scouts and from all troops are welcome!

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