Masked Hero Geochase 2020

Experience a self-guided geocaching adventure October 5-31.

 

How to participate: Check our social media each Monday in October to find a new video about the Geochase and the villain at each park. Bring your smartphone/GPS with you for an outdoor excursion to solve the clues, defeat the villain, and win the Geochase!

October 19-25; Cedar Creeks Preserve

October 5-11; W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

October 12-18; Bradner Preserve


October 19-25; Cedar Creeks Preserve


October 26-31; Sawyer Quarry Preserve

No registration is needed to participate in this free, self-guided program. *All GeoChases are up through October 31st.

Accomplish the Sawyer Geochase for prizes.
Everyone who participated in all four Masked Hero Geocahse adventures will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket. Watch the live raffle drawing on our Facebook page on November 5, 2020 at 12:00 noon.


Scarecrow Contest 2020

Community members created 19 scarecrows for the 19th annual Scarecrow Contest. Watch this video about the entries and the winners.

While at home, with a little straw and some imagination, make your creation “come to life.” Once completed, bring your finished creation to be put on display to celebrate the season.

Prizes
1st prize: $100 sponsored by Robert K. Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.
2nd prize: $50 sponsored by Kathrens Insurance Agency
3rd prize: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions

16 & under: $25 sponsored by Grounds for Thought


Nature Quest

Nature Quest

Nature Quest

 

Nature Quest is a series of self-guided activities. Think of an escape room without the claustrophobia.  Each new Quest is based on a different level of puzzle difficulty.  Solve the logic puzzles that lead from one clue to the next and you’ll win the Quest.

Nature Quest I: Multi-park Tour

Nature Quest II: Virtual Escape Room.
Click here for an online puzzle-based logic challenge.

Nature Quest III: Sawyer Adventure

This self-guided adventure has concluded. Thank you to all the participants!

Carter Historic Farm

Summer

produce grown on the farm donated tot eh Brown Bag Food Project.

Produce grown on the Farm is being donated to local food panty the Brown Bag Food Project. Great things are happening at Carter Historic Farm.


Turtle Time


Aquatic vs. Terrestrial


Diet & Resources

Download the .pdf of the Turtle Time resource scavenger hunt.


The Shell

image of coloring activity

Print this standing turtle activity. Color, cut, and fold to create a standing turtle. For all ages. No really, you’re not too old.

Download the turtle .pdf.


Camouflage


Backyard Naturalist


Insects of summer


Monarch butterfly release


Birds


Native Plants


Why do some trees hang onto their leaves?


Vermicomposting


Lichen


Fun from the Farm

Looking for something fun to do? Check out these fun and educational activities from the Carter Historic Farm.

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Black Swamp History


One Room School


Carter Historic Farm History Class


Great Depression Activities


Fruit and Veggie Activity

Chicken Activity

Sheep Facts Sheet and Craft

Goat Activity


Barn Cat Activity


Skits for Snake


Mimicry


Vision


“Fox” Snake?


Food


Camouflage


Smelling


Ecopsychology


Part I


Part II


Part III


Nature Bingo

Download and print Spring Nature Bingo for your next outdoor experience.

Nature Bingo encourages us to focus on the nature all around us. You can play in your backyard, on a walk around the neighborhood, and in a park. If you print nature bingo, printing on the back of used paper is a go-green idea, and this version is designed to use less printer ink. #lovenature



Evening on the Portage


Springtime in a Vernal Pool


Wind through White Pine

 


Bird Song Opera (from ShakeUp Sound Design)


Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorships 

Rudolph Bike Park

14038 Mermill Road, Rudolph, OH

See the latest updates with the Rudolph Bike Park here.

With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone. Be a part of this exciting community project.

Click here for a Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorship Package.

 

 

 

In a public survey of Wood County residents with over 2,000 respondents, 43.48% of people requested more bike trails & increased access, with 55% of those respondents requesting non-traditional biking opportunities. The Rudolph Bike Park directly meets community needs. The park will attract cyclists of all ages from all around the region, as it will be directly accessible from the 13.1-mile Slippery Elm Trail bike path. The Slippery Elm Trail has an average of 275 users per day. The Bike Park will have a picnic shelter, 3 pump tracks for all ages and skill levels, and a mountain bike skills loop. The parking lot is being paid for by the Wood County Park District. 100% of your donation will go toward creating this community wellness and adventure park. The park will be free and open to the public every day of the year from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Positive recognition for your sponsorship will be far-reaching and long-lasting.

Make check payable to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Email jsands @wcparks.org with sponsorship questions.


Land Management

The Stewardship Department is hard at work maintaining, cultivating, and improving natural areas.

Current activities include: cutting back garden displays, mowing, invasive species control, growing plants at the Native Plant Nursery at Reuthinger, and preparing for clearing out the greenhouse to propagate plants throughout the parks.

Recent accomplishments: planted buffers of trees at Cedar Creeks Preserve and Baldwin Woods, planted fruit trees at Carter Historic Farm, planted vegetable garden at Carter Historic Farm, seeded new wetland at Reuthinger Preserve with native plant seeds, and grew thousands of native plant seedlings.

 


2020 Passport to the Parks

image of the passport to the parks cover.Passport to the Parks

  1. Pick up a passport from a park kiosk.
  2. Attend Programs for stamps
  3. Redeem your prizes for 10 (Campfire Mug) and 20 stamps (tee-shirt) at the Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road,  Bowling Green, OH 43402. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Click here to print a passport.

 

 

 

 

 


Carter Historic Farm Wetland Restoration Project

The Wood County Park District and the Black Swamp Conservancy worked together to restore twenty acres of wetland and prairie at the Carter Historic Farm. Wetlands are important to our natural environment because they filter out pollutants in runoff from the farm fields before it reaches the Lake Erie watershed, provide habitat for wildlife, and create drought and flood resistant areas with the native plants used.

Sixteen acres have been converted to wetland and four acres restored to upland prairie with walking trails along the berms. This is an important conservation effort that yields, educational interpretation opportunities.

Sally and Lyle Loomis,  donated the Carter Historic Farm property. The wetland restoration was part of their wishes for the use of the donated land and specifically wished this restoration to take place.


Arrowwood Archery Range


Arrowwood Archery Range on Linwood Road in Bowling Green, Ohio is free and open to the public everyday from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Select programming can occupy the space, so check the program listing for details.

 

 

 

 

 


Previous Park Updates related to Covid-19

April 20, 2020
The Wood County Park District Parks and Preserves are Open from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed. Restrooms are open.

During the State stay-at-home order, park access is considered essential services. All park properties are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed.

All Wood County Park District buildings are closed. Restrooms are open.

Please observe 6-10 feet of social distancing. Call out to people before you pass them. Be well.

Buttonwood Recreation Area is closed. Access to the Maumee River via Hull Prairie Road is open.

All facility rentals and public programs (including the Native Plant Sale) are cancelled through May 18, 2020. At that time, the situation will be further accessed. All refunds have been issued and will be sent by mail. The administrative offices at Park District Headquarters are closed.

All community members are advised to follow public health guidelines. Social distancing, staying at home, and proper hand-washing are being advised. For disease and health information, please contact the Wood County Health Department, The Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.