County Park District is ready to march into spring

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT

The Do-Nothing Group
1st Sundays, March 3, April 7, and May 5; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
The wise bear Winnie the Pooh said, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” Connect with nature, family, and community during this time. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Homeschoolers: Orienteering
Wednesday, March 6; 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Slippery Elm Trail: Cricket Frog Cove
14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet
Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides showing you which way is north. This low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course.
Emerge: Dress for the weather and off trail hiking. Compasses provided, but you can also bring your own if you want. Leader: Bill Hoefflin
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

The Story of the Swamp
Thursday, March 7; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Otsego Park: Thompson Stone Hall
How did Wood County look long ago, how has it changed, and how will it look in the future? Learn about and discuss natural and cultural history of the area and the story yet to be written. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

EcoLit Book Group Meeting
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Park District Headquarters
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
For this meeting, please read North With the Spring: A Naturalist’s 17,000 mile Journey
Through Spring by Edwin Way Teale. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN).
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Self-Care Saturdays
March 9, April 6, and May 11; Noon to 1:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Forest therapy is practicing the connection with yourself and the Earth. By practicing this connection, you reduce stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, symptoms of OCD and ADHD and increase your sense of well-being, immunity, mental clarity, creativity & concentration. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Pesky Critters
Tuesday, March 12; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Are you fond of wild creatures but lose your enthusiasm after they find their way into your home? Learn about common visitors with a naturalist and how to coexist with them from pest control expert Bill Lorenzen of Rid’Um Wildlife Control. Leader: Jim Witter.
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Greenhouse Help (Pi Day)
Thursday, March 14; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg
Volunteer opportunity: Help grow native plants that will go into the parks and preserves. All tools are provided. No experience is needed. Leader: Stewardship staff. Please register for volunteer opportunities at: https://wcparks.galaxydigital.com

Archery Skills: M-Archery Madness!
Saturday, March 16; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Arrowwood Archery Range
11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green
Beginning archers build their skills in this fun and instructional program, where we’ll focus on body posture and aiming, eventually progressing to moving ball targets! All archery equipment provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program).
Cost: $5/$3 FWCP. Leader: Craig Spicer
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

S.A.F.E.
Saturday, March 16; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learn women’s self-defense information from a park officer and increase your awareness of self-defense tactics and allow you to practice the physical aspects of self-defense. Cost: $5. Leader: Eric Shiffler. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Spring Equinox – Full Worm Moon – Woodcock Wander                      
Wednesday, March 20; 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Slippery Elm Trail: Cricket Frog Cove
14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet
As the sun sets a very special bird begins preparing for one the best aerial courtship displays in North America. He goes by names such as: bogsucker, timberdoodle, mudbat and many more. We will listen for nocturnal wildlife, and gaze at a sky full of stars. Leader: Bill Hoefflin
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

PiPs – Preschoolers in the Parks: What Does the Fox Say?
Friday, March 22; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Bradner Interpretive Center
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner
Children 3-6 years of age enjoy an activity and craft while learning about the mysterious, yet musical, fox! Adult companions must remain with children for this program. Leader: Craig Spicer
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Wildflowers and Wildside Beer and Trivia
Friday, March 22; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Test your knowledge with a great pairing of microbrew and a wildflower identification competition in a natural setting. Brewmaster Nick Scott will discuss the different beers offered, including the biology of brewing and beer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three groups in the trivia contest. Cost: $20 per person/$15 FWCP.  Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Woody Plant Removal
Saturday, March 23; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
Volunteer opportunity: Join us in the fight to remove invasive plants from our parks. Gloves and tools provided. No experience is needed.
Please register for volunteer opportunities at https://wcparks.galaxydigital.com

Greenhouse Help
Tuesday, March 26; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg
Volunteer opportunity: Help grow native plants that will go into the parks and preserves. All tools are provided. No experience is needed.
Please register for volunteer opportunities at https://wcparks.galaxydigital.com

Spring-fling Open Geocaching
Tuesday, March 26; 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
Track down spring at this open geocaching! Stop by anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm to borrow one of our GPS units or bring your smartphone with the Google Maps app and search for hidden geocaches in the park.
Leader: Craig Spicer
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Plant and Butterfly Monitoring Training
Thursday, March 28; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Park District Headquarters
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
Volunteer Program: Monitor native plants and/or butterflies in Wood County Parks. This is a great way to get your Master Gardener and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist volunteer hours. Leaders: Zeb Albert and Nicole Sarver. Please register for volunteer opportunities at https://wcparks.galaxydigital.com

Passport to Paddling: Pre-Season Safety
Thursday, March 28; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Get ready for paddling this season as we cover the plans, gear, boats, and safety considerations you’ll need to insure you’re prepared for a safe and enjoyable adventure. Also, get connected with our schedule of kayak and canoe trips and classes to take your paddling to the next level! Leaders: Craig Spicer and Bill Hoefflin
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Maple Sugaring
Saturday, March 30; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Come learn where syrup comes from! We’ll see how trees are tapped, how sap is turned to syrup, and have a small taste test. Date subject to change, depending on weather conditions. Leader: Corinne Gordon
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Bird Song I.D.
Saturday, March 30; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Learning bird songs can seem daunting, but we’ll look at ways to improve your skills through field experience and the use of technology to learn some common bird songs. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

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