Park District has a full list of May activities – BG Independent News


Friends of the Parks Native Plant Sale

Saturday May 7; 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wood County Fairgrounds, Champion Building, 13800 Poe Road, Bowling Green

Buy quality native plants for your garden. Plants are $5 each. Shrubs are $10 each. Discover here the benefits of native plants.

Old-School Series: The Life of a Girl Named Sally

Saturday May 7; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Historic Carter Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

We need your help! Carter Historic Farm seeks to bring the farm experience into classrooms across the county and seeks input from kids like you! Participants will take part in a history lesson designed for a classroom. This lesson consists of a presentation, historical objects and an activity from the time of the Great Depression. Participants will then complete a survey about their experience. This program is designed for children 6 to 10 years old.

Register: or (419) 353-1897

Preparation for the paddle: assembly and transport of the vehicle

Thursday May 12; 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Historic Carter Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

Loading your kayak or canoe onto your vehicle can be as intimidating as it is confusing, but don’t overlook this crucial safety step in your paddling adventure. We will present a number of different methods, using a variety of equipment and vehicle types to give you ideas and practices for your own secure setup. This is an engaging informative presentation – no paddling. Register: or (419) 353-1897

EcoLit book group meeting

Thursday May 12; 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

WW Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

For this meeting, please read In a deserted garden: love and death among the insects by John Alcock. The group meets once a month. Sign up for all or part. Discussion Leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Professor Emeritus, BGSU Department of English and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) or (419) 353-1897

Friends Migration Field Tour

Saturday May 14; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood

Join the Friends of the Parks for a visit in search of migratory songbirds. We will travel to Cedar Creeks Preserve and Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve before ending the trip at WW Knight Nature Preserve. Register: or (419) 353-1897

Climbing workshop

Saturday May 14; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Rd, Perrysburg

Want to get started in outdoor climbing? This 6 hour workshop invites anyone interested in learning to climb through various aspects of the sport. From footwork, body movement and balance, bouldering, abseiling, anchor building, belaying and top-rope climbing, you’ll master rock climbing once the day is over! — All equipment provided by Wood County Parks. Personal equipment is welcome, but should be checked by program officials to ensure it is appropriate. Must be 14 years and older. Register: wcparks.orgor (419) 353-1897

planting vegetables

Sunday May 15; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Historic Carter Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

Join Chris and John to help plant vegetables in the front garden! Weather permitting, they can even plant potatoes in the garden using a 1930s potato planter! Register: or (419) 353-1897

Blooming Full Moon Walk

Sunday May 15; 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood

Enjoy a gentle walk under the blooming full moon as we learn about moon lore and watch and listen to nocturnal wildlife. No dogs allowed. Register: or (419) 353-1897

Blue Week Introduction to nature photography

Tuesday May 17; 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bradner’s Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

Want to capture the wonders of the outdoors in photos, but don’t know how to use these camera settings to your advantage? Bring your camera and practice honing your skills. The program will begin with an in-class presentation followed by a hands-on session to help you hone your skills. This program is part of the Green Ribbon Initiative’s Oak Openings Blue Week celebration, of which the Wood County Park District is a proud supporter. Register: or (419) 353-1897


Wednesday May 18; 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Historic Carter Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

Do your tomatoes spill every year? Are you tired of losing fruit to insects and disease? Learn some tips, tricks and what you need to know to successfully grow tomatoes. Learn different training and staking methods, how to eliminate suckers, spot, manage and prevent insect pests in a sustainable way. Registration required. Register: or (419) 353-1897

monthly mindfulness

Saturday May 21; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Bradner’s Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner

Give yourself permission to escape to reconnect and relax. Join naturalist and meditation teacher Emma Taylor for a monthly nature-based mindfulness session at a local Wood County park. Classes will consist of a combination of sitting and walking mindfulness practices and nature awareness activities. This course is suitable for teenagers and adults. Registration required. Register: or (419) 353-1897

Hike for health

Friday, May 27; 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WW Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

Join a naturalist for exercise and marvel at the seasonal changes. The hikes will offer a true mind-body connection. Sign up for a week or all. Register: or (419) 353-1897

nature diary

Saturday May 28; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Otsego Park, 20000 W. River Rd, Bowling Green

Stop by for a monthly nature journaling meeting. Join local Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists and develop your nature journaling skills. The group will discuss their personal nature, share techniques and spend time outdoors. Everyone is welcome. The group will meet at a different park for each meeting to experience the many places Wood County has to offer. Contact program naturalist Emma Taylor or 419-266-5576 if you have any questions. Register: or (419) 353-1897

Summer Yoga at WW Knight Nature Preserve

Wednesdays from June to July; 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WW Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

Join Glory Meyer this summer for an all-levels yoga practice in the serene and peaceful nature reserve of WW Knight! This practice will be a combination of standing poses and poses on the mat. Modifications to level the practice up or down will be provided so that everyone experiences the unique level of practice needed for their body. No yoga experience is necessary; both beginners and experienced yogis are welcome! In March, Glory received the Best of Toledo Best Yoga Instructor 2021 award. 9-week program fee: $50. Register: or (419) 353-1897


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