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The Flowers of Spring 10:00 am
The Flowers of Spring @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn about Ohio’s native wildflowers on Monday, April 4. There will be a story about flowers, a game to play, and an opportunity to make your very own seed paper that can be taken home and planted in your own backyard. Children will learn which spring flowers best attract butterflies and other pollinators. This program is recommended for children ages three to six with an adult companion. Other-aged siblings are welcome to attend.
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Homeschoolers in the Park 9:30 am
Homeschoolers in the Park @ Hancock County Parks
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Classes in the park are for homeschooled families. This 10 day series will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from September to June to explore different science based curriculum programs such as earth, space, physical and life science. Each class will cover some of Ohio’s teaching standards in a fun and exciting way. Most of the classes will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, but we will visit some of the other parks in Hancock County. We will follow Findlay City Schools for weather delays and cancellations. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ages 5-8 11 a.m. to noon, ages 9-13 Series includes the following: September 2 – Plant and Animal Classification – Oakwood Nature Preserve (ONP) October 7 – Ecosystems & Habitats – Riverbend Recreation Area (RRA), Shelter 3 November 4 – Living History: Life for the McKinnis’s in 1847 – Litzenberg Memorial Woods (LMW) December 2 – Motion – ONP January 6 – Earth Rocks – ONP February 3 – Solar System – ONP March 2- Physics & Experiments – RRA, Lodge April 6 – Energy – RRA, Shelter 3 May 4 – Wildflowers and Trees- LMW June 1 – Outdoor Recreation Fun (archery, canoeing, kayaking, fishing) – ONP Register with $20 per child for the series or $3.00 per child for an individual month by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 26; a medical form is required and available online or at the park office
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Make and Take: Spring Birdbath 1:00 pm
Make and Take: Spring Birdbath @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm
Bring your creative side out and join Hancock Park District program specialist Chris Allen for an afternoon making a concrete nature birdbath and other items. Materials used include large leaves and other items from nature. The program is recommended for ages 13 and up, with a maximum capacity of 25 registrants. Registration and payment are required by noon Thursday, April 7.
Telescopes 101 8:00 pm
Telescopes 101 @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm
Members of the Millstream Astronomy Club will explain how to use different styles of telescopes along with observations of the crescent moon, Mars and Jupiter. All ages are welcome to attend and registration is not required.
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Mercury, Venus and Mars 7:00 pm
Mercury, Venus and Mars @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm
Join Hancock Park District naturalist Michelle Rumschlag and learn about Mercury, Venus and Mars with the help of a portable planetarium. The program will point out facts about the three planets and highlight why Earth is best suited for living. Registration is limited to a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants, and is recommended for ages 7 and up. Registration deadline is noon Tuesday, April 12. A pillow and blanket to sit on is encouraged, and participants should ask about handicap accessibility.
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Craters and Maria of the Moon 9:00 pm
Craters and Maria of the Moon @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
ADA — The Ohio Northern University Observatory will host a viewing of the moon from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. “Craters and Maria of the Moon” is the title of the program. Visitors will be able to view the highlands, lowlands, rilles, mountains and craters of the moon. While there are no large bodies of water on the moon, the giant craters that filled in with dark basalt look like oceans. Jupiter and its Galilean moons will also be prime targets. The event is free, but clear skies are needed. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Earth Day at the Hancock Historical Museum 1:00 pm
Earth Day at the Hancock Historical Museum @ Hancock Historical Museum
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Earth Day will be celebrated at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., on Sunday. Visitors can play Earth Day bingo and make crafts. They can also help prepare the herb garden and learn more about herbs and how they can be used. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The activities are available with regular admission.
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Wee Ones: April Fools in Nature 10:00 am
Wee Ones: April Fools in Nature @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hancock Park District personnel will present a story, craft and a hike about how nature plays tricks on humans and other animals during a program April 18 for children 3 years old and younger accompanied by an adult. The same program will be offered at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Siblings may attend the free program. Registration is not necessary.
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Spring Nature Hike For Kids 1:00 pm
Spring Nature Hike For Kids @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm
A spring nature hike for kids, presented by Hancock Park District staff, will be held at 1 p.m. April 23, beginning in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The free program is for all children. No registration is necessary.
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Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay meeting 7:00 pm
Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay meeting @ Fox Run Manor
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm
Heather Heilman will discuss the current state of the Community Garden of Hancock County and its direction and opportunities for the future at the April 28 meeting of the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Fox Run Manor, 11745 Township Road 145, and the public is invited to attend. Now in its sixth year, the garden plot at the Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St., will have more than 60 plots available. Anyone interested in joining the club may contact president Larry Schock at 419-299-3236.
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Quarry Farm Family Day 1:00 pm
Quarry Farm Family Day @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm is holding its annual Family Day from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature an open house of fun in the gardens, woods and wetlands. A representative from Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Pandora, will be on-site with several birds of prey. Attendees of all ages can make their own walking staff and take it with them along the trails to count spring wildflowers and butterflies and visit with the residents of the farm animal sanctuary. “Lasting Leaf” T-shirts may also be made for a donation to the nonprofit organization in support of educational programming. The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm is located just north of 14321 Road 7L, Pandora. For more information, visit www.thequarryfarm.org or call 419-384-7195.

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