Become a Habitat Hero with the Wood County Park District

PERRYSBURG — Volunteer with the environmental conservation efforts of the Wood County Park District and be a Habitat Hero.

Habitat Heroes will meet Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-noon at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road. Registration is required. Tools, instruction, and refreshments are provided.

Register by visiting wcparks.org/volunteer or calling the Wood County Park District at 419-353-1897.

Specifically, this Habitat Heroes program will be focused on removing an invasive woody plant species called Buckthorn from critical habitat areas at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Buckthorn is allelopathic which means it sends compounds into the soil that suppresses growth of other plants. This is an outdoor program with physical activity. After working outside to remove Buckthorn, warm up inside with refreshments.

The conservation efforts of the Wood County Park District rely on a network of volunteers.

There are other ways to get involved. Volunteer at the native plant nursery and greenhouse at the J. C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve in Perrysburg. Hundreds of varieties of native plants are cultivated here and propagated into the parks.

There are also indoor, seated programs cleaning native plant seeds from the other plant material collected with it.

Get started at wcparks.org/volunteer, or call 419-353-1897.