Park district springs into may with full slate of nature programs


The Wood County Park District is offering a variety of nature programs in May.

Spring Wildflower Walk                         

Tuesday, May 16:00 – 7:30 pm

Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve

26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg

Woodland wildflowers put on a brief, but beautiful show on the forest floor. Join us for a naturalist led stroll to see who is starring this month. Learn why these flowers are called ephemerals. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897

Archery Skills: Rainbow and Arrow

Thursday, May 36:30 – 8:00 pm

Otsego Park

20000 West River Road, Bowling Green

Improve your archery skills through this short, beginner-friendly instructional program, focusing on the steps of shooting and consistency. Make progress you can see, as we create some artistic targets using our newfound skills. All archery equipment provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program). Must be 7 yrs of age or older to attend. Minors must be accompanied by legal guardian. Bring a small canvas, shirt, poster, or anything you’d like splatter-painted! $5/$3 FWCP

Register at, or call (419) 353-1897

EcoLit Book Group Meeting

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

Friends’ Green Room

29530 White Road, Perrysburg

For this meeting, please read The Sea Around Us, Special Edition (1989) by Rachel Carson. 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, or call (419) 353-1897

Homeschoolers: Bird Migration

Friday, May 410:00 – 11:30 am

Bradner Preserve: Nature Interpretation Center

Northwest Ohio is a great place to witness the spring migration! Learn about where these birds are going, how our parks play an important role, and what species you might see before heading out into the field.

Register at, or call (419) 353-1897


Heritage Farm Demo

Saturday, May 51:00 – 5:00 pm

Carter Historic Farm

18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green 
Stop by any time during the afternoon the first Saturday of each month to see farm staff and volunteers in action working on the farm.

No registration needed.

Intro to Nature Photography

Tuesday, May 86:00 – 8:00 pm

Bradner Nature Interpretation Center

11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

Interested in capturing the wonders of the outdoors in photographs, but unsure of what all of those camera settings do? Bring your camera and practice honing your skills at our new Nature Interpretation Center. This session will focus on how to use those camera settings to your advantage. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897

Nature Journaling

Thursday, May 106:30 – 8:00 pm

Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve

26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg

We provide the sketchbook for your outdoor journaling adventure, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN), Sue Frankforther, is your guide. She’ll share her passion for nature, writing and illustration and get you started. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897

Spring Tree and Woody Plant ID                         

Saturday, May 123:00 – 5:00 pm

Bradner Preserve

11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

They are some of the largest living things in our parks, but do you know how to tell an oak from a maple or poison ivy from Virginia creeper? Woody plants anchor many of the habitats that native wildlife need, begin learning some of these fascinating organisms and how they benefit animals and people. We will be learning in the outdoors, both on and off trail. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897

Homeschoolers: Stream Study                         

Saturday, May 122:00  3:30 pm

William Henry Harrison Park

644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville

Water quality is an increasingly important issue in our area and in the world. But how do we find out the water quality of a river? We’ll learn about a few different ways to test water quality and conduct our own survey of the Portage River! Register at, or call (419) 353-1897


Friends’ Migration Field Trip

Tuesday, May 159:00 am – 2:00 pm

Park District Headquarters

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green

Join the Friends of the Parks on a tour of the parks in search of migrating songbirds. A light lunch will be provided. Register, or call (419) 353-1897


Portage Paddle

Thursday, May 316:00 – 9:00 pm

William Henry Harrison Park

644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville

Join naturalists in exploring a 2.7 mile section of the Portage River! Starting at William Henry Harrison Park, naturalists will point out wildlife and river features as we paddle, eventually stopping at Lovers ODNR Fishing Access, where you’ll be bussed back to William Henry Harrison Park. Cost: $7/$3 FWCP. Register at, or call (419) 353-1897