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Wood County Park Activities Jan. 24 – Feb. 7

A variety of activities happen all around the various Wood County Park District locations and even some road trips out of the area…

Seed Cleaning Marathon

Saturday, January 24; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reuthinger Preserve

30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg

Come in when you can, leave when you have to, but be sure to stay awhile to help us finish up the seed cleaning season!   While you are here, try the several pots of chili and let us know which staff member makes the best.  No experience necessary.  Leader: Stewardship Department

Wild Winter Shrike

Saturday, January 24; 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Cricket Frog Cove

14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet

Explore Cricket Frog Cove with a naturalist to discover native animals and plants that survive the cold winter conditions; some even make our area their winter rendezvous, like the predatory Northern Shrike! Bring a pair of binoculars or a camera to capture the scenes yourself. Dress for prolonged outdoor exposure and expect to walk about 1 mile. Leader: Craig Spicer

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Informational Meeting

Monday, January 26; 6:30-7:30 p.m.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve:  Friends’ Green Room

29530 White Road, Perrysburg

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) program is a unique opportunity.  The program involves hands-on natural resource education program coupled with community-based volunteer service.

Courses are held at various Wood County Park District properties as well as some off-site locations. Class topics include: interpretation skills, ecological concepts, geology, herpetology, forests, ornithology, entomology, plants, mammals, aquatic life, and stewardship. During field instruction, students will be asked to walk outside on uneven terrain and/or wet areas. Boots and/or sturdy shoes as well as weather-appropriate clothing are recommended for this course.

There is an enrollment fee of $200.00 for Wood County residents and $250.00 for out-of-county applicants to cover the cost of training materials, speakers, facilities and a mandatory volunteer criminal records check. Class size is limited to 15 students.

The OCVN program  is co-sponsored by the Wood County Park District and the Ohio State University Extension of Wood County. The OCVN program is scheduled to begin in April and the deadline to submit an application is February 15.  If you are interested in the program or would like to learn more, plan to attend this informational meeting.   Leaders:  Lori Parratt and Craig Everett 

Nature’s Nursery Owls

Presentation and Hike

Tuesday, January 27; 7:00-8:30 p.m.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

29530 White Road, Perrysburg

See live owls up close as Nature’s Nursery, wildlife rehabilitators, share fascinating facts about them.  Then take a night hike to look and listen for these elusive creatures. Leader: Jim Witter

Simple Bird Feeder Make and Take

Thursday, January 29

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Reuthinger Preserve

30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg

Join bird lover Briana Witte to make a simple bird feeder to take home to feed our feathery winter friends. 

PiPs:  Hibernation

Saturday, January 31; 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

29530 White Road, Perrysburg

Preschoolers in the Parks (3-6 years of age) and their adult companions learn about hibernating creatures through a short story and brief walk. Adults stay with their children for this program. Leader: Jim Witter

Hawks and Owls Field Trip

Saturday, February 7; 2:00-8:30 p.m.

Park District Headquarters

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area is a great place to see wintering hawks and owls. Last year, we witnessed a hawk eating a woodpecker on the side of a country road! Bring money for a dinner stop on the way home. Cost: $10, FWCP $5. Leader: Jim Witter

Wood County Park District

18729 Mercer Road

Bowling Green, OH  43402

419-353-1897

www.wcparks.org

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