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Wood County Parks Programs for November 2018

Sign up for some cool weather programs:

Turkey Tomfoolery
Thursday, November 8; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Otsego Park
20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green
Wild turkeys are being seen much more frequently here in Wood County. Bring the kids out to learn about one of the largest birds in our parks, we will finish the evening with some games and fun activities.
EcoLit Book Group Meeting
Thursday, November 8; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
For this meeting, please read Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.
Wild Skills: Shelter-Skelter
Saturday, November 10;
10:00 – 11:30 am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Be prepared for when your adventure turns south. Having a shelter to get out of the elements can be a life saver! Get hands on and learn to build one using only the nature around you. Suggested age: 8+ Program will be outside for its entirety – dress for the weather.
The Native American Experience
Tuesday, November 13; 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Otsego Park
20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green
What was life like for Native Americans as they coped with pressure from European settlers? Join guest speaker Taylor Moyer, Toledo School of the Arts humanities teacher and living historian, as he describes the interaction between the two cultures from a Native American perspective. Details of clothing, tools and other artifacts will be woven into the narrative. Taylor will present in historic attire appropriate to the time period.
Fly tying by Wildwood Anglers
Thursday, November 15; 6:00 – 7:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Join Brad Dunkle, local fly fishing guide and owner of Wildwood Anglers, for a small group intro to fly tying. All material and tools provided. Registration required, no walk–ins.
Program fee: $12/ $8 for Friends of the Parks
Wild Skills: Bow-drill Workshop
Friday, November 16;
6:00 – 8:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Build and test out your own bow-drill fire-starting kit. Learn about the evolution of fire-starting, which materials work best, and how to identify the best wood for the job. Wood provided. Bring your own knife capable of substantial wood carving. Must be 13 years of age or older (minors must have release of liability signed by adult before attending). Carving and knife skills will not be covered in depth – please become familiar and practice before attending. Full-tang knives preferred, with blades less than 5” long. Contact Craig Spicer with questions – 419-661-1697×3 /
Program fee: $10/$5 for Friends of the Parks
Holiday Baking Mix Jars
Saturday, November 17;
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green
Drop by anytime between 1:00 and 3:30 to learn how to package gift cookie and cake mixes in jars for cute and convenient gifting. Materials and ingredients for 2 jars provided, as well as decorative instruction cards for recipients.
Program Fee: $10
Ohio Decoy Collectors and
Carvers Demo
Saturday, November 17;
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Otsego Park
20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green
Learn the process of carving hunting decoys, and see examples of decoys along the banks of the Maumee River. Carving enthusiasts will be on hand to demonstrate techniques and share their expertise. No registration required.
Hidden Insects: Galls, Cocoons and Egg Cases
Sunday, November 18;
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg
Insects don’t completely disappear with the arrival of cold weather, some hide in plain sight while they wait for spring. Join a naturalist as we look closely for these hidden winter homes.
Homeschoolers: Native American Lifeways and Games
Monday, November 19; 10:00 – 11:30 am
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Travel back in time to the Great Black Swamp, where the Anishnabe people made a livelihood well before European settlers moved in. Experience the Anishnabe way of life, get hands on with tools, and take part in some fun and games! Appropriate for 3rd grade and up. Contact Craig Spicer with any questions – 419-661-1697×3
Who, Who, Who’s There Owl Walk
Tuesday, November 27;
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bradner Preserve
11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner
We will be on the hunt for owls, especially Ohio’s largest resident owl. We will start indoors for a short talk and then hit the trail for some owl calling. Dress for the weather. The program is cancelled in case of high winds or rain.
2018 Photo Contest
Friends of the Parks Photo Contest
  • Deadline: November 30th, 2018
  • $5 entry fee to enter up to 5 photos
  • Friends of the Parks members can enter up to 10 photos for the $5 fee.
  • ~30 photos from each category will be printed, framed and exhibited in April at the Four Corners Photo Exhibition.
  • Top two winners in each category receive a rosette ribbon, a Friends’ membership, and a special recognition at the opening of the photography exhibit reception.
Habitat Heroes
Help us restore wildlife habitats!
Saturday, November 17th;
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
29530 White Road, Perrysburg
Join our conservation efforts. We will be removing an invasive woody plant called buckthorn. All tools and materials are provided. Volunteers receive lunch, a mug, and a t-shirt.
Commemorative Trail
Say it forever and leave a legacy with a Commemorative Trail Bricks.
3 lines of text on a 4 x 8″ brick = $100
5 lines of text on an 8 x 8″ brick = $125

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