Park programs, July 8

Seneca County

• Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 for some fishing fun at 5 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can try their hand at catching a fish in the pond. Supplies are provided or they can provide their own. Registration is required.

• Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion can learn about frogs and toads at 5 p.m. Friday at Garlo preserve as they explore the pathway and around the pond. Nets are provided. Registration is required.

• All ages can take part in a canoe float at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve. Canoes, paddles and adult life jackets are provided. Parents must provide life jackets for children ages 7 and younger. Registration is required.

• Toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion can join a Teddy Bear Picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Kids can go for a short hike and then enjoy a picnic with a their teddy bear. Take along a sack lunch and a favorite teddy bear.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 447-8091 or email Visit the website at seneca

Sandusky County

• Sandusky County Park District invites toddlers and preschoolers to a Tales to Tails program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. The program includes story time, crafts and adventure. Registration required.

• A Winous Point tour is planned for 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet at Countryside Park, Sandusky County Park District’s main office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, to get a close-up look at shorebird banding, and then take a tour of the oldest continuously operating duck hunt club in North America.

• All ages are invited to a Farm Chores & Meet the Kids (goats) program 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm. Participants can help straighten up around the farm, collect eggs, and meet the newest babies.

• Volunteers are needed for invasive species control 1-2 p.m. July 16 at White Star Park, Gibsonburg. Participants can discover what an invasive species is and why they are removed as the group clears specific areas throughout the summer. Work/garden gloves are recommended. Registration is required.

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

Hancock County

• An archery basics for adults class is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Hancock Park District’s Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Dold Lake, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay. Participants can learn archery and safety with a certified instructor. Equipment and targets will be provided for shooting arrows at several targets with a compound bow. Fee is $10 per person and registration is by 4 p.m. Monday.

• A Wee Ones program about fireflies is planned for 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Monday for children ages 3 and younger accompanied by an adult at Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane. Participants can learn how and why they light up and how glow worms fit into the mix. Children can enjoy a story and make their own firefly suncatcher to take home. Registration is not required, and other-aged siblings are welcome to attend.

• Register by Monday for Nature from the Ground Up camp July 10-12 at Oakwoods preserve. Fee is $36 per child.

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

Crawford County

• An Animal Extravaganza is set for noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. Animal lovers can experience snakes, turtles, salamanders and many other animals. Various pet owners are to be on hand to answer questions and allow participants to hold and touch when appropriate. Amazon Eric Reptile Show plans to provide some of his animals from around the world. Food concessions are to be available.

• Take part in an evening of archery beginning at 6 p.m. July 17 at Lowe-Volk Park. The program includes an introduction to archery safety and shooting basics. Equipment is provided.

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

Wood County

• All ages are invited to open archery 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wood County Park District’s Otsego Park, 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green. Arrive anytime during the program to give archery a shot. Equipment is provided, along with brief beginner-friendly instruction from certified instructors. Children must be at least 7 years old to use equipment. No registration is required.

• Paddle down the Mighty Maumee with a naturalist during a Scenic River Kayaking program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, beginning at Weirs Rapids Access, 21095 Range Line Road, Bowling Green. Check out ecological features and search for wildlife such as bald eagles, painted turtles and beaver. A kayaking safety and skills session is to precede the trip. Previous kayaking experience recommended. The paddling trip is roughly 5 river miles. Participants must be 14 years or older. Registered participants must meet criteria deemed fundamental for participation. Call ahead for special needs and accommodations. Fee is $13. Registration required.

• Learn from pros during a Bike Skills Bash 1-3 p.m. July 15 at Black Swamp Preserve, 1014 S. Maple St., Bowling Green. Pros from Spoke Life Cycles are to teach fundamental skills to conquer off-road biking challenges and features. Participants must provide their own bike and helmet, and the class is appropriate for riders of all skill levels.

• The park district is to host three camps for July 16-20 at three parks. Adventures camp for 11 and 12-year-olds is 9 a.m.-noon at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, Hankison Great Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Farm Camp for ages 9 and 10 is 9 a.m.-noon at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green. And Discoverers Camp for ages 9 and 10 is 1-4 p.m. at W.W. Knight preserve. The fee is $60 per child per camp. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter for more information at (419) 661-1697 or

• A night nature program is planned for 9-10:30 p.m. July 17 at Cedar Creek Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood. When the sun sets, not everybody goes to bed. Experience the park after dark and learn about creatures that wake after the gates normally close. Bug spray is optional. Flashlights must have red lenses. No pets. Registration required.