Parks district offers winter activities

New archery range at Arrowwood Archery Park

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT

The Wood County Parks District is offering a full slate of programs to help young and old to get the most out of winter.

Polar Parks Mini-Camp
Wednesday – Friday, January 2 – 4; 9:00 am – noon
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
25930 White Road, Perrysburg
Experience a wild Wood County winter through this 3-day mini-camp! Each day highlights a different educational theme and seeks to explore through hands-on and outdoor activities. Cost: $12/$10 FWCP per day, or $30/$25 FWCP for all three days. Ages 8-13. The registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the camp day. Leaders: Jim Witter and Craig Spicer
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Introduction to Orienteering
Sunday, January 6; 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Bradner Interpretive Center
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner
Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides show you which way is north. This reliable 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. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

EcoLit Book Group Meeting
Thursday, January 10; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
For this meeting, please read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. 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

Homeschoolers: Project Feederwatch
Friday, January 11; 10:00 – 11:00 am
Bradner Interpretive Center
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

Learn how Wood County Park’s volunteers count birds at our windows on wildlife and how you can help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series
Saturdays, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style will be featured. Cost for series: $30. Leader: Stewart Orr Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Arctic Open Archery
Saturday, January 12; 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Arrowwood Archery Range
11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green
Arrows fly in the crisp winter air! Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3:00 to give this cool archery a shot. Leader: Craig Spicer This is an open program. There is no need to register.

Ice Age Mammals of Ohio
Tuesday, January 15; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
An impressive array of extinct animals used to call Ohio home following the retreat of the last glacier. Discover these megafauna and learn about some of the theories behind their extinction.  Leader: Bill Hoefflin
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
Thursday, January 17; 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Explore the lost art of mending, a time-honored skill of the Depression Era homemaker. Bring an item to mend, thread, needle, and a willingness to learn! Leader: Virginia Dean
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Wild Skills: Fire-Building
Friday, January 18; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Wood County Historical Center: Adam Phillips Shelter
13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green
Fire is one of the best tools to have on your adventures, providing clean water, heat for cooking and a positive attitude. Learn hands-on how to start and maintain one safely and successfully in a variety of different situations. Leader: Craig Spicer
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Ricotta Making and Tasting
Saturday, January 19; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Learn how to make a basic ricotta cheese, then enjoy the results in some simple recipes. Leader: Corinne Gordon
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Winter Bird Count for Kids
Saturday, January 19; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
We will search out and count as many birds as possible, and then feast on pizza while we make our countdown list. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Full Wolf Moon and Lunar Eclipse Fun Night
Sunday, January 20; 9:30 pm – 12:15 am
Park District Headquarters
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
The first full moon of 2019 is a Super Moon with a lunar eclipse! Most schools are closed the next day for Martin Luther King Jr. Day so the kids have a rare opportunity to stay up late and see one of nature’s wonders. Celebrate with a mix of kid friendly indoor and outdoor activities. Leader: Bill Hoefflin
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Certification Program
Tuesday, January 22; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
This natural resources education program begins in April and is coupled with community-based volunteer service. Sessions take place inside and out and include many topics: interpretation, ecology, birds, native plants, mammals, insects, geology, and more! Co-sponsored by OSU Extension. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Carter Farm Ruggers
Thursday, January 24; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Join in the fun of this quarterly program for anyone interested in rug crocheting. Bring your own cotton cloth if you plan to work on something to take home. Material provided to work on a rug for the Carter Farm museum. If you are brand new to crocheted rugs, come at 6:00 pm this month for a jump-start. Snacks provided. Leader: Virginia Dean
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

Superb Owls
Friday, January 25; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Get ready for the big game with this program! An educational program with live owls will be presented by Nature’s Nursery. A night hike to look and listen for these elusive creatures with follow. Leader: Jim Witter
Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897

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