Park district offers farm-fresh food, reading retreat and more


These Wood County Park District programs are planned for February.

Register for programs at or 419-353-1897.

Farm Breakfast (Off the Farm): Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Otsego Park, 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green,

Free Farm-Table event at scenic Otsego Park. Taste the fruits of our labors – buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and eggs and other treats raised or grown on the Carter Historic Farm. Food will be available until it is gone in a first-come-first served format. Visitors will serve themselves from the breakfast buffet.

Base Camp Stories: The Faces in the National Parks, Jodi Harrington; Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. atW.W. Knights Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg.

From the mountains to the valleys, from the ocean’s shore to the desert sands, the beauty of every national park is breathtaking to behold. Explorer Jodi Harrington set out to experience them all for herself. Join her as she shares stories of her adventures, where the sights were beautiful but the people made the journey incredible. Host: Craig Spicer

Monthly Mindfulness: Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Give yourself permission to get away to reconnect and relax with this monthly series. Join naturalist and meditation teacher Emma Taylor for a monthly nature-based mindfulness session at a local Wood County Park. Classes will consist of a combination of seated and walking mindfulness practices and nature awareness activities. This class is appropriate for teens and adults. Registration required. Leader: Emma Taylor

Magic in the Greenhouse: Feb. 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. at J. C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve, 30730 Oregon Road Perrysburg.

This is the time of the year when magic happens in the greenhouse. Join us to learn about our plant conservation efforts, the benefits of native plants, and how you can incorporate what you learn into your gardening at home. Leaders: Sanja Jennings and Jim Witter. Register: or 419-353-1897

Adults Only: Animal Valentines: Feb. 14; 7:30-9 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

Grownups! Bring your special someone(s) and learn about nonhuman valentines. Enjoy an evening of trivia and games – see how much you know about the mating rituals of animals near us. Beverages and snacks will be available during this program. Registration required. Leader: Emma Taylor

Wood County Parks Monitoring Forum: Feb. 15,, 6-8 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

Learn about different volunteer monitoring opportunities being offered in your parks, and how you can help to improve our knowledge about the plant and animal species that call our parks home. A short presentation will be given on each program and highlights from last season’s data. This program is great for long-time monitoring volunteers, potential new volunteers, and those just curious to know about what is being seen at the parks. A light dinner will be provided, with time for volunteers to share their experiences and to come together as a community of wildlife enthusiasts. Leader: Jim Witter, with naturalist and stewardship department staff. Registration required.

Reading Retreat with the Way Library: Feb. 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

Register on the Way Library’s website at Join this unique retreat for readers held at W.W. Knight Preserve. There will be opportunities to swap books, journal in nature, do puzzles, or spend your free time reading in our beautiful location. This event is co-hosted by Gathering Volumes, Way Public Library, and Wood County Park District. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Register at This retreat is intended for adults only.

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