Family fishing, river wading with the park district


The following events hosted by the Wood County Park District will occur in July.

Paddle the Pond: Monday and July 22, 4-7:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg.

Hop in a canoe or kayak and have fun on the pond. Perfect for a family outing, comfort-builder for beginners or relaxing exercise. An instructor will be available for introductory safety and skills education. All boats, life-jackets, and paddles provided. Canoes, kayaks, and gear on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact us ahead of time for special needs accommodations or groups. No registration required. Leader: Craig Spicer.

Stories of the Stars: Saturday, 9-10:30 p.m. atWilliam Henry Harrison (Riverview Shelter).

Which Greek goddess is responsible for pulling the moon across the sky? What do cultures from around the world see in the stars? Join us to find out. We will observe constellations and listen to the stories behind them. Since this program requires being able to see the stars, in the event of high cloud cover, the program will be changed to a night hike. Registration required. Register: or 419-353-1897.

Family Fishing Nights: July 18 and Aug. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

Share an evening with the family in a natural setting and try to catch a big one. A limited number of poles and bait will be provided, and you are free to bring your own. Leader: Jim Witter. Register: or 419-353-1897.

Full Buck Moon Walk: July 20, 9-10 p.m. at Black Swamp Preserve, 1014 S. Maple St., Bowling Green.

Enjoy a gentle stroll under the full buck moon as we learn moon lore and look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Bug spray, repellent technology or clothing recommended. Any flashlights must have red lenses. No dogs permitted. Leader: Bill Hoefflin. Register: or 419-353-1897.

River Wading: July 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at William Henry Harrison, 644 Bierley Ave., Pemberville.

Get up close and personal with the life in the Portage River as we explore some of its runs, riffles and pools. Kids must be 8 years or older. Program canceled in the event of high water or severe weather. We will be in the water exploring with our hands and nets, so wear quick drying clothes and footwear that can get wet and stay attached to your feet. Leaders: Bill Hoefflin and Emma Taylor. Register: or 419-353-1897.

Monthly Mindfulness: July 25, 6:30-8 p.m. at Wood County Museum, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.

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. Register: or 419-353-1897.

Dog Days of Summer Bark-mas in July!: July 26, 6-8 p.m. at William Henry Harrison.

It’s the most festive time of year, Bark-mas in July. Bring your pup to the park between 6 and 8 p.m. to engage in some special fun with park program leaders and Wood County Dog Shelter staff. Join in on doggo challenges and catch some special dog goodies. You’ll learn what the parks and dog shelter have to offer, and partake in the theme of each program for a barking-good time. Santa Paws will be at the park to take pictures with your pup. Dogs must be licensed, leashed, current on vaccines and prove to be well-tempered around other dogs. Leaders: Craig Spicer and Anna Cotterman.

Yarn Craft Circle: July 27, 1-4 p.m. at Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green.

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. Leader: Anna Cotterman. Register: or 419-353-1897.

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