Reservations and registrations can be made for these programs with the Wood County Park District by calling the main office at 419-353-1897 or visiting wcparks.org.
Wild Lights Weekend is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road. Celebrate the coming of the new year with wildlife and holiday lights. Life-sized animal statues are adorned with twinkle and color, lighting up the cool winter nights. Walk the trail between 5-8 p.m. to see the displays. Warm up inside with some hot cocoa provided by the Friends of the Parks.
Winter Bird Count for Kids is set for Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Learn about winter bird counts and their importance to studying bird populations. We will search out and count as many birds as possible. Snacks and warm drinks will be provided.
Advanced Crochet – Magic Circle will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road. Improve crochet skills and learn how to crochet in the round. Yarn and hook will be provided. This program is recommended for those with some basic crochet skills or those that have taken Crochet for Beginners at Carter Historic Farm.
Planning Out the Garden Year will be held Jan. 18 from 6-7 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road. The new year is the perfect time to organize and plan the next growing season. All of the seed catalogs are shipped out and decisions must be made on what to order and when. This presentation will help make informed decisions about the latest varieties of vegetables to plan out a successful season.
Base Camp Stories: How to Survive an Ice Storm while Rock Climbing Grand Teton – Ben Waggoner is set for Jan. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Professional climber Ben Waggoner has climbed all over the country, guiding and teaching countless others how to prepare and experience the sport safely. But when a storm surprises him halfway up the 13,775-foot Grand Teton in Wyoming, what did he rely on to survive? In this presentation, he shares his experiences in life and in rock-climbing.
Art in Park: Create a Collage Artwork will be held Jan. 20 from 7-9 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Using old magazines and paper, we will make nature silhouette collages. Magazines and paper will be provided, but if there are pieces from your home you would like to include feel free to bring them. This class is appropriate for teens and adults.
Scrap Fabric Twine is set for Jan. 26 from 5-8 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm. Drop in for as much of the evening as you are available to learn how to make neat looking twine that uses up scrap fabrics.
Kitchen Basics for Kids – Cooking in Season is set for Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm. Learn how families, like the Carters, preserved foods in the spring and summer so they could have plenty of food to last the cold fall and winter months. After the presentation, make a main dish, side dish and dessert using only foods that are in season. This program is recommended for children age 10 and older.
A Seed Cleaning Marathon is set for Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve, 30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. Help the Native Plant Program with the Wood County Park District. The stewardship staff needs your help cleaning native plant seeds from the other plant material collected with it. While you are here be sure to sample and vote for your favorite chili from the options staff members will provide! This is an indoor, sit-down activity. All instruction and materials are provided. Arrive and depart as you wish. Register at wcparks.org/volunteer.