Owls, yoga among park district events


These Wood County Park District programs are planned for January.

Register for programs at wcparks.org or 419-353-1897.

Owl Hike: Jan. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood.

Join us on a night hike to look and listen for these elusive creatures. We will be looking and listening for screech and great horned owls. No dogs allowed at the program. Free.

Winter Yoga in the Parks: Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6-7 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg.

Join Glory Meyer this season for an all-levels yoga practice. This practice will be a combination of standing poses and poses on the mat. Modification for leveling the practice up or down will be provided so that everyone experiences the unique level of practice needed for their body. No yoga experience is necessary; both beginners and experienced yogis are welcome. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Registration will close before the beginning of the first class. After registering for the program, you will be welcome to attend the weekly sessions each month. Program fee: $24.

Wild Lights Workshop: Jan. 17 from 4-7 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Make the night bright with festive holiday lights. Register yourself or your group and bring your theme and decorations to transform one of our life-sized 3D foam animals into a twinkling spectacle for all to see during the Wild Lights Weekend. The best displays win cash prizes. Register here to state your interest and we will send you more info as the event gets closer, including rules and claiming animal stations – register early for higher station choice priority. Want to decorate but can’t make this time work? Coordinate with us for a different setup time to make your vision a reality. Register only one for each station you would like. Nine total stations. Deadline for registration is Jan. 10. Free.

Learn Embroidery: Jan. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road.

One of the best ways to revamp old clothes is with embroidery. Adding flowers, names, or spaceships are just a few of the ways to make the old new again. Join us at Carter Historic Farm to learn how to jazz up and personalize your own clothes. Participants will learn different stitching styles and techniques. Feel free to bring an article of clothing to practice on, otherwise fabric will be provided. Free.

Base Camp Stories: Volunteering for Yellowstone’s Wolf Ecology – Harold Brown: Jan. 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Harold (Hal) Brown is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and the winner of the outstanding interpretive volunteer award recognition at national and regional conferences through the National Association of Interpretation (NAI). His experience as a seasonal staff member at the Yellowstone Forever Institute has given him a unique perspective on this special place and an appreciation for one of the apex predators in the ecosystem, the gray wolf. You will wish you were there as he shares his photos and years of experience with this impressive creature at an iconic national park. Free.

Wild Lights Weekend: Jan. 19-21 from 5-8 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Celebrate the coming of the new year with wildlife-learning and holiday lights. Life-sized animal statues are adorned with lights, decorations, and great themes, giving warmth and color to the cool winter nights. Walk the trail between 5-8 p.m. to see the spectacular displays. Free.

Stop the Spot! What to Know about the Spotted Lanternfly: Jan. 16 from 7-8 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

This invasive species has arrived in Northwest Ohio, and this program will empower you with information about the species and ways to prevent its spread. Amy Stone, OSU Extension educator, will be presenting to give you the information you need to be informed. Free.

Bike Fix-It Workshop with Spoke Life Cycles: Jan. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Learn how to keep your bike in its best riding shape with the bike technicians of Spoke Life Cycles. They will cover pre-ride, post-ride, and middle-of-ride maintenance and demonstrate on bikes during the program so you get first-hand experience of bike repair skills. Free.

Art in the Park: Collage Craft: Jan. 19 from 7-9 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Bring yourself and some friends to join us for an evening of crafting. 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. Registration required. Cost: $10/$5 Friends of Wood County Parks.

Introduction to Orienteering: Jan. 21 from 1-3 p.m. at Bradner Preserve, 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner.

Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides showing you which way is north. This reliable, low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course. Dress for the weather and off trail hiking. Compasses provided, but you can also bring your own if you want. Free.

Homeschoolers: Winter Night Hike: Jan. 23 from 7-8 p.m. at William Henry Harrison Park, 644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville.

Join a Wood County Parks naturalist and fellow homeschool families for a winter night hike. Families are encouraged to dress according to the weather, and warm drinks are welcome. No dogs allowed at the program. Registration required for all participating family members. Free.

Full Wolf Moon Hike: Jan. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at William Henry Harrison Park.

The first full moon of 2024 is often one of the brightest and sometimes comes with air temperatures that can take your breath away. Around this time 211 years ago, 1,700 troops under General William Henry Harrison encamped nearby during the War of 1812. We will learn why and what challenges they faced. No dogs allowed at the program. Free.

Base Camp Stories: Canoeing & Conservation; Michigan’s Boardman River – Randy & Gloria Box: Jan. 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Veteran river rats Randy and Gloria Box are passionate canoeing advocates for the many opportunities Michigan’s rivers have to offer. Join them as they share details of one of their favorite Michigan paddles, the Boardman River, which has undergone the most comprehensive dam-removal and watershed-restoration work in Michigan’s history. Free.

Seed Cleaning Marathon: Jan. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve, 30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg.

Join us during this all-day event and help the stewardship staff clean native plant seeds that were harvested from park district properties last year. 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 provided. Arrive and depart as you wish. Register at wcparks.org/volunteer.

Yarn Craft Circle: Jan. 17 from 1-4 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm.

Whether you have decades of experience or just started last week, yarn crafters of all ages can stop by for an afternoon of stitchin’. Please bring your own materials, projects, and questions. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. Free.

Women’s Introduction to the Outdoors: Jan. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Are you a woman who would love to spend more time outdoors or brush up on your basic hiking skills? Join us for a presentation to review the basics of hiking gear, safety, and how to start camping. This class is appropriate for teens and adults. Free. Registration required at wcparks.org or 419-353-1897.

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