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WC Parks July Programs

Canoeing with Crayfish
Saturday, July 21; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Off-site; Weirs Rapids Access
21095 Range Line Rd, Bowling Green
Enjoy a scenic float down the Maumee River with Naturalists and ODNR stream scientists who will point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home! Previous canoeing experience highly recommended. Must be 6 years old to ride in middle, 10 years old to paddle at the bow (front), 14 years old to paddle without an adult in the same boat (must have liability form signed by legal guardian before attending the program). Please make arrangements with the program leader for center riders or special needs.
Cost: $10 / $7 for Friends of the Parks Members
Saturday, July 21; 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Beaver Creek Preserve
Astronomy Deck
23028 Long Judson Road, Grand Rapids
See stars, nebula and more with the Toledo Astronomical Association. Feel free to bring a chair and blanket. This program is free and open to all. No need to register. For more information contact Frank Merritt at 419-535-8775 or
No registration is needed.
Herp, Herp, Hooray
Sunday, July 22; 9:30 am – 11:00 am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Enjoy a summer exploration of the habitats of frogs, turtles, and snakes of the region. Long pants and sturdy footwear recommended as we will be frequently off trail.
Nature Camp: Explorers
7 – 8 years old
Monday – Friday July 23 – 27;
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Explore, learn, and get dirty at our half-day Nature Camps! Every day offers new educational and entertaining activities to connect campers to the outdoors and all the things that call it home. A field trip to another Wood County Park expands the exploration of the outdoors, and the joy of discovery! Scholarships are available for families needing assistance with camp fees. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter at 419-661-1697×1 or at prior to registration for more information.
Cost: $60/ $50 for Friends of the Parks Members
Summer Camp: Trail Tikes
5 – 6 years old
Monday – Friday July 23 – 27;
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
Hankison Great Room
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Campers enjoy a short story about nature that sets the theme for the rest of the day’s fun and learning activities. Taking a nature hike, creating art, and learning about our local outdoor world and what calls it home are all part of this camp for young ones! Scholarships are available for families needing assistance with camp fees. Contact Program Coordinator Jim Witter at 419-661-1697×1 or at prior to registration for more information.
Cost: $60 / $50 for Friends of the Parks Members
Archery Skills:
The Complete Archer Part 1 & 2
Tuesday, July 24; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Reuthinger Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg
Transform into an arrow-slinging archer! The Complete Archer is two sessions for the novice. Learn skills to safely navigate the range, become familiar with basic archery equipment & start working on precision and accuracy. Registration fee includes 2 sessions. Please register only if you can attend both sessions (July 24 and July 31), and only Wood County Parks’ equipment may be used. Cost: $10 / $7 for Friends of the Parks
Coastal Kayaking:
Strokes, Rescues, Safety
Thurs., Fri., Sun., July 26, 27, & 29;
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Off-site: Three Meadows Pond
700 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg
Three Classes: July 26 & 27 (6-9 pm). July 29 (8 am -noon). Join American Canoe Association instructors to advance your kayak safety and rescue skills in an open water/coastal environment. Kayakers with novice to intermediate ability are encouraged to participate in this three-session class. The first two classes include basic stroke instruction, practice, and rescues on inland waters at Three Meadows Pond in Perrysburg. The third class will take place on open water in the Woodtick Peninsula area of Maumee Bay where students can practice in a coastal/open water environment. See online description for full details and registration requirements. Kayaking programs made possible with ODNR Division of Watercraft.
Cost: $75/ $65 for Friends of the Parks Members
Carter Farm Ruggers
Thursday, July 26; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carter Historic Farm
Loomis Community Room
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. Craft instruction provided by Friends of the Parks board member Virginia Dean. If you are brand new to crocheted rugs, come at 6:00 pm this month for a jump-start. Snacks are provided.
Full Moon Walk
Thursday, July 26; 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Slippery Elm Trail
Cricket Frog Cove
14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet
Enjoy a gentle stroll under the full Buck moon as we learn moon lore and look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Bug spray, repellent technology or clothing recommended, any flashlights must have red lenses, no dogs permitted.
Butterfly Identification Walk
Saturday, July 28; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cedar Creeks Preserve
4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood
Join us for a stroll around Cedar Creeks Preserve as we look for butterflies and caterpillars!

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