Have coffee with the birds, take a trek with Wood County parks


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.

Coffee With the Birds will be on Wednesdays, this week, April 12 and May 31, from 8:30-10 a.m. This week’s event is at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve, 26940 Lime City Road. Enjoy a birding stroll with coffee. Start with a warm drink before heading out on the trail. Register for one or all monthly programs. Leader: Jim Witter.

Advanced Knitting – Purl Stitch is set for Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road. Improve knitting skills and learn how to do the purl stitch. Participants will also learn how to alternate the knit and purl stitch, and how to read a pattern. Yarn and needles will be provided. This program is recommended for those with some basic knitting skills or those that have taken Knitting for Beginners at Carter Historic Farm. Leader: Alyssa Garland.

Go on a NW Ohio Equinox Walk to See a Sky Dance on Saturday from 7:30-9 p.m. at Cricket Frog Cove, 14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet. As the sun sets on the first day of the year with 12+ hours of sunlight locally, a bird begins preparing for one the best aerial courtship displays in North America. He goes by names such as: bogsucker, timberdoodleand mudbat. This will be a twilight hike. Listen for nocturnal wildlife and gaze at a sky full of stars. No dogs permitted. There will be walking on grassy uneven trails that may have shallow standing water. Warm, waterproof footwear that rises to at least the ankle is recommended. Leader: Bill Hoefflin.

Preschoolers in the Parks will meet March 28 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The topic is Welcome Spring. Children ages 3-6 are invited to hear a story and go on a brief walk. Register the participating child only. Adults must stay with children for the duration of the program. Leader: Jim Witter.

Homeschoolers will meet March 28 from 10 a.m.-noon for Nature Journaling at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Learn about a variety of nature topics, each day with a different theme. This program is designed for children age 6 and older. Parents must stay with the group. Register the participating children only.

Monthly Mindfulness will be March 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Get away to reconnect and relax with this monthly series. Join naturalist and meditation teacher Emma Taylor for a monthly nature-based mindfulness session. Classes will consist of a combination of seated and walking mindfulness practices and nature awareness activities. This class is appropriate for teens and adults. Leader: Emma Taylor.

Take a Timberdoodle Trek on March 29 from 7:45-9 p.m. at Baldwin Woods Preserve, 14080 Range Line Road, Grand Rapids. No dogs permitted. Leader: Bill Hoefflin.

Plant and Butterfly Monitor Training is set for March 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road. Learn to monitor native plants and/or butterflies in Wood County parks. This is a great way to receive Master Gardener or Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist hours. This program kicks off the 2022 monitoring season for new and returning monitors. Leaders: Zeb Albert and Emma Taylor.

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