Park programs, July 15

Seneca County

• During a Seneca County Park District Discovery Series program at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, teens ages 12-17 can learn about the sights and sounds of the night. Join a naturalist to discover something new and exciting in the nature preserves each month.

For the location and to register, call (419) 447-8091 or email Visit the website at senecacounty

Sandusky County

• Sandusky County Park District invites all ages to learn about stream quality monitoring 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Wolf Creek Park picnic area, SR 53. An indicator of the environment’s health is water quality, which can be determined by surveying the creatures that live in the river. Participants would be walking into the Sandusky River, so dress to get wet. No open-toed shoes. A set of dry clothes and a towel are suggested. Registration is required.

• Volunteers are needed to assist with the native garden 1-2 p.m. Sunday at Creek Bend Farm, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. Work/garden gloves are recommended. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit or call (419) 334-4495.

Crawford County

• Crawford Park District is hosting a night hike featuring nocturnal animals at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. The night comes alive with animals that can only be seen or heard after the sun sets. Join Abby to learn about Ohio’s nocturnal animals. All ages are welcome, but the night hike can be difficult for younger kids who have a fear of the dark.

• A canoeing program is planned for 6:30 p.m. July 24 at Pines Reservoir, Stetzer Road, Bucyrus. Join Lisa and Josh for an evening paddle around the reservoir. Learn canoeing basics and paddle around enjoying wildlife. Registration is required by July 23.

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

Wood County

• Join a Firefly Foray with Wood County Park District at 9 p.m. Thursday at Bradner Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner. Relive summer memories and create some with children or grandchildren by learning about nature’s natural nightlights. Take along a clean, recycled, clear-plastic container and lid to temporarily collect and then release lightning bugs. Bug spray, repellent technology or clothing is recommended. Any flashlights must have red lenses. No pets. Registration required.

• Canoeing with Crayfish is planned for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Weirs Rapids Access, 21095 Range Line Road, Bowling Green. Enjoy a scenic float down the Maumee River with naturalists and ODNR stream scientists who will point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home. Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. Children must be 6 years old to ride in middle, 10 years old to paddle at the front and 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat. Make arrangements with the program leader for center riders or special needs. Cost is $10 per person. Registration is required.

• Join an evening of stargazing at 9:30-11 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 and blanket. The program is free and open to all. No registration required. For more information, contact Frank Merritt at (419) 535-8775 or

• A Herp, Herp, Hooray program is planned for 9:30-11 a.m. July 22 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Enjoy a summer exploration of the habitats of frogs, turtles and snakes of the region. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended. Registration is required.

• Summer camps at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve are planned July 23-27. Call for more information.

• Learn archery skills by taking part in The Complete Archer Parts 1 and 2 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24 and July 31 at Reuthinger Preserve, 30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. The program is two sessions for the novice. Learn skills to safely navigate the range, become familiar with basic archery equipment and start working on precision and accuracy. Registration fee includes two sessions. Register only to attend both sessions. Only Wood County Parks’ equipment may be used. Cost is $10 per person.

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