|County park district plans variety of February activities|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:16|
Presidents, walleye and even skunk cabbage will be the topics of upcoming events from the Wood County Park District.
On Monday, at the Beaver Creek Preserve's Barker Retreat, an Ohio President's Day program will be held at 7 p.m. Ohio has given birth to more presidents than any other state. Attendees will learn about them and the connection of one of them to Wood County's history. Warm drinks will be served.
On Tuesday "Invasive Plants are Taking Over!" will be presented at the Reuthinger Preserve, Northwood, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will explore a number of invasive plant species and learn how the Stewardship Department combats them in every park, and how to seek out and destroy them yourself.
On Feb. 22, "'Wall-eyes' Are Upon Us" will be presented at 6:15 p.m. at the Otsego Park Marlow Overlook. Attendees will be able to check out the river conditions from the bank, watch the sunset, and then come inside for refreshments and a presentation about the most popular fish of the season.
"The Hunt for the Skunk" will be held Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Bradner Preserve. Attendees should meet at the Timmons Road Access. Enjoy a winter hike through the woods as the search goes on for skunk cabbage, one of the earliest blooming spring flowers.
A "Greenhouse Kids" program will be held March 2 at 10 a.m. at the Reuthinger Preserve Greenhouse. Children will get a head start on the growing season by planting seeds in the greenhouse. Each child will pot a vegetable and flower seed to take home to a sunny window. They may even help plant wildflower seeds for the parks.
"Frozen Frogs" will be the topic March 3 at the Rudolph Savanna Area. Attendees should meet at the Rudolph Road access at 1 p.m. and will listen for frogs as they emerge from hibernation. Lean how these creatures survive the winter and what they are up to now that spring is just around the corner.
Volunteer opportunities will also be available:
On Feb. 21, Greenhouse Help will be held at the Reuthinger Preserve at 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to help grow plants at the Native Nursery and Greenhouse, and may be asked to perform a variety of functions such as transplanting seedlings, filling pots, or watering plants. No experience is necessary.
On Feb. 23, a Barberry Hunt will be held at the Bradner Preserve's Timmons Road Access at 10 a.m. Attendees will help improve the wildlife habitat by removing this invasive plant. Attendees should dress to work outdoors and bring gloves if they have them. No experience is necessary.
A Green Garage Sale will need volunteers March 7, 8 and 9 at the W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, Perrysburg.
Volunteer Nora Mollis is once against organizing this sale with the proceeds going to help fund transportation for school field trips to the parks. Volunteers have already filled some slots, but there are still openings for item drop-off on March 7 from 2 to 7 p.m., as well as for the sale on March 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. and March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To register for programs, visit www.wcparks.org or call (419) 353-1897.
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