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A photography exhibit will be on display Feb. 1-28 at Lowe-Volk Park just outside Crestline.

CRESTLINE -- There are a number of programs coming to Lowe-Volk Park from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3.

Lowe-Volk Park is located at 2401 State Route 598, 3 miles north of US Route 30 near Crestline.

Castalia Pond/Medusa Marsh Bird Watching

Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7 a.m. at Castalia Pond. Those interested should meet at Lowe-Volk Park.

Winter provides the perfect opportunity to work on waterfowl and gull identification as population numbers for many species are at their peak.

Lake Erie provides a myriad of opportunities to view these birds. Join Crawford Park District staff for a field trip along the Lake Erie Coastline searching for our target species.

Organizers will meet at Lowe-Volk Park before carpooling to Castalia Pond.

"We will be joined by the Richland County Park District and The Wilderness Center Bird Club," the Crawford Park District stated.

Participants will want to bring snacks; we will find somewhere warm for lunch. This is a family-friendly program. Plan to be outside.

For information on other programs offered by the Crawford Park District call 419-683-9000, visit the website at www.crawfordpd.org or follow on Facebook.

Viewing the Night Sky

Saturday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Join members of the Crawford Park Astronomy Club as they share their knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in the celestial sights. Some of the targets for winter are:

Andromeda/M31 – 2.5 million light years away, our nearest large, barred spiral galaxy, and has about a trillion stars.

Triangulum Galaxy – a spiral galaxy, 2.73 million light years away, 40 million stars, and in about 4 billion years astronomers say this will collide with the Milky Way.

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Polaris – the North Star, about 400 light years away, a binary star, and 46 times the size of our sun.

Pleiades – open star cluster, 100 million years old, and only 17.5 light years away.

Orion – a famous constellation found on the celestial equator. This is a stellar birthplace and other fascinating objects will be shown to you, including the Great Orion Nebula.

There are a lot of other objects to view. What is seen will depend on what the clouds are doing.

“Nature’s Rainbow” Photography Exhibit

Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to meet Crawford Park District Naturalist Chelsea Gottfried for the opening of her “Nature’s Rainbow” photo exhibit.

“Nature’s Rainbow” Photography Exhibit

Tuesday, Feb. 1 to Monday, Feb. 28 at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598.

Beat the winter blahs by stopping in at the Crawford Park District’s Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center to enjoy a colorful display of Ohio’s native flora and fauna.

The photos on exhibit, taken by Crawford Park District Naturalist Chelsea Gottfried, offer a welcome retreat from the whites and browns of winter, providing a glimpse of the rainbow of hues about to come in spring.

Homeschool in Nature: Bark and Buds

Thursday, Feb. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Crawford Park District Homeschoolers will be working on winter tree identification.

It is usually easier to identify trees when they have leaves on them. However, when you know what to look for during the dormant months, you can still identify the species of tree by taking a closer look at the tree’s bark and buds.

Dress for the weather. Call the Crawford Park District at 419-683-9000 to register your 5- to 12-year-old.

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