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National Moth Week: Adult Moth Hike

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. First, learn what moths are and why they are important. Then we will hike the trails to look for moths and other nocturnal insects that were attracted to sugar baits. We will also look for caterpillars using a UV flashlight, since caterpillars glow […]

Free

Bug Hunters

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Let us explore the world of insects. First, learn what makes an animal an insect. A story will be read by Hancock Park District staff about the subject. We will then use insect nets and magnifying glasses to search for insects in the park, such as ladybugs, crickets, caterpillars, ants, and butterflies. As we find […]

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Fuzzy – Wuzzy Hike

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

There are a lot of things in nature that are fuzzy or that start out that way and then change. Baby ducks are fuzzy and then they get feathers. Caterpillars are fuzzy sometimes and then they become butterflies. Plants can have fuzzy looking flowers because of the pollen and cattails become that way with time. […]

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Butterfly Hike

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Summer is in session and the butterflies are fluttering. Join Hancock Park District and take a hike through Aeraland Recreation Area searching for butterflies. Due to the presence of milkweed on the property, there is a good chance to see monarch butterflies. We might also see black swallowtails, viceroy, spicebush swallowtails, and more. Meet at […]

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Stream Stomping

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Explore our local stream life by using nets to find fish, crayfish, water striders, and macroinvertebrates living in the South Branch Portage River. Hancock Park District will talk about life in stream habitats, the importance of stream studies, and take a closer look at the things we find. Each participant must wear closed-toed shoes and […]

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National Trails Day Hike

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

It is National Trails Day and a great time to take an evening hike. Join Hancock Park District as they visit Goose Lake, we will look for wildlife, such as muskrat, Canada Goose, dragonflies, and monarch butterflies. The Upland Trail is approximately 1 mile with some hills and a grass surface. This trail has many […]

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Pond Study

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Hancock Park District will discuss life in a pond and the importance of aquatic studies, and explore Goose Pond in search of tadpoles, dragonfly larvae, and other macroinvertebrates. Nets will be used to capture the animals so that they can be studied. Wear closed-toed shoes and clothing that can get wet. Meet at the Shelter.  […]

Free

Spring Wildflowers Hike

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Before the leaves on the trees shade the forest floor, the warm soil will produce spring wildflowers. Flora, such as spring beauties, bloodroot, and dog-tooth violet should be available for viewing. The trail may be wet and muddy, so wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the shelter.  This free program is open to those 18 and […]

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National Geode Day

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Join Hancock Park District and hike around Goose Lake and along the Upland Trail to see if we can find round geode rocks. This is approximately a 1-mile natural trail with hills and grassy area. There will be a display of geodes to look at before we hike so you will know what to look […]

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Spring Hike for Active Adults

Aeraland Recreation Area 1141 Township Road 243, Fostoria, OH

Spring has arrived and it is time to get back on the trails. Join Hancock Park District for this hike as we wave goodbye to winter and say hello to spring. We might see white-tailed deer, Red-tail Hawks, red-backed salamanders, and more. This 1-mile hike will take us around the pond and field. Dress appropriately […]

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