Ride the trail, read a book with park district

Register for the following Wood County Park District programs at www.wcparks.org or by calling
419-353-1897.
The Full-Pull Bike Tour is set for Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon on the Slippery Elm Trail, 1014 S. Maple St.
Join in on this no-drop group road-bike ride covering the full Slippery Elm Trail, Bowling Green to
North Baltimore and back. Learn about the history, wildlife and habitats surrounding the S.E.T. The ride
pace will average 15-18 mph, and ride distance is 26 miles. Don’t have a road-bike? Limited rental bikes
available through Cycle Werks at a discount – rentals require advanced notice. Contact program leader
for additional information.
A Catfish Tournament will be held Saturday from 8-10:30 p.m. on Saturday at Buttonwood, 27174 Hull
Prairie Road, Perrysburg. One of the best fighting sportfish in the Maumee River gets active right at
dusk. Prizes will be awarded in adult and youth classes for most fish and largest fish categories. This
is a bring your own equipment and bait of choice event. A limited number of rods and bait will be
available on a first come first served basis. Bug spray, repellent technology or clothing recommended,
as are flash or headlights and something to sit on. Kids must be 5 years or older. Ohio fishing
regulations and license requirements will be observed. The program will be canceled in the event of high
water.
A Water Quality program will be held Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Otsego Park, 20000 W. River Road. Learn
about water quality of the Maumee River by finding and identifying macroinvertebrates from the water. Be
prepared to go into knee-deep water with close-toed shoes. No experience needed. Must be 10 years of age
and up to participate. Minors need an adult present. Participants must be able to walk on uneven
terrain. Event is dependent on water levels.
An EcoLit Book Group Meeting is set for Aug. 8 from 7-9:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530
White Road, Perrysburg. For this meeting, please “Islands, The Universe, Home” by Gretel Ehrlich. This
group meets once a month. Register for any or all. The discussion leader is Cheryl Lachowski, senior
lecturer with the Bowling Green State University English Department and Ohio Certified Volunteer
Naturalist.
Scenic River Canoeing will be held Aug. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Orleans Boat Launch on East Harrison
Avenue in Perrysburg. Enjoy a scenic paddle on the Maumee River around the Audubon Islands State Nature
Preserve 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). Make arrangements with program leader for
center riders or special needs. The cost is $10.
A Self-Care Saturday is set for Aug. 10 from noon-1:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Forest
therapy is practicing the connection with yourself and the Earth. By practicing this connection, you
reduce stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, symptoms of OCD and ADHD and increase
your sense of well-being, immunity, mental clarity, creativity & concentration. Please dress for
the weather, all weather event. For more information, email [email protected] The cost is
$15.