Wild Lights 2024. #WildLights

Wild Lights Workshop: Wednesday, January 17; 4-7 pm

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 sight for all during the Wild Lights Weekend. The best displays win cash prizes from our sponsors!
Register below to state your interest and we’ll 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 1 for each station you’d like. There are 9 total stations. DEADLINE for registration Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

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Wild Lights Weekend: Friday-Sunday, January 19-21, 2024; 5-8 pm

Stroll the illuminated forest at night. Stop into the nature center to warm up with hot chocolate and activities courtesy of the Friends of the Parks.

 

Workshop competition…

Rules

Cash prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Wood County Park District for the “most inspired” stations include:

1st: $150      2nd: $100    3rd: $50 

Participants bring their own lights and decorations. Participants will be contacted directly and provided with a picture of their issued “scene” with one or multiple animals by Thursday, January 11, 2024.

DEADLINE for registration Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

Stations will be judged by a panel of Wood County Parks staff and volunteer judges. One winner will be determined Sunday, January 21. All participants will be contacted directly and a public announcement made on Wood County Park District social media the following week.

For questions please contact Naturalist Craig Spicer: 419-661-1697 x3 | cspicer (at) wcparks.org

image of foam deer at night with a string of large multi-colored light bulbs wrapped in its antlers. Image of area family posing with their decorated station. Image of a lighted display of wild animals acting out a star wars theme. May the Forest be with you.

Check out the highlight video here.

RULES

Register your group to decorate 1 of 10 stations at the Wild-Lights Workshop, Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (weather date January 18).  Bring festive cheer to life-sized 3D animal statues and turn the woods at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve into a magical twinkling forest for visitors to explore during the Wild Lights Weekend, January 19-21. Prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Wood County Park District for the “most inspired” stations.

Rules for participation:

  1. What You’re Decorating: Stations may be comprised of 1 to 3 animal statues. Your station will be chosen at random. Stations will be outdoors and 40’-80’ apart from each other. Look forward to an email with extra instructions, a picture of your station, and map after registering.
  2. Power and Lighting: Supply your own lights. 1 extension cord will be led to your station. Participants are responsible for supplying outdoor-rated splitters and extra extension cords as needed according to your decoration needs.
  3. Decorations: No political, scary, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate decorations or themes. No fire, sharp-objects, inflatables, moving or animatronic or otherwise dangerous decorations. Wild-Lights Weekend event is targeted at families and children.
  4. Placement: Decorations and lights may be placed no more than 10′ from any part of the 3D animal statue you are assigned. Your centerpiece should be the 3D animal statues. 3D animal statues are made of heavy foam; use long tacks, nails, or tape to affix lights and decorations.
  5. Disclaimer: Decorations may be subject to adverse weather, wildlife, public tampering, or other means of damage, loss, or destruction. Decorations will not be supervised at all times. Participants agree to hold harmless the Wood County Park District for any and all instances of property damage or loss as it relates to this program.
  6. Retrieval of decorations will start Monday, January 22, 2024; Pickup deadline Monday, January 29, 2024

Stations will be judged by a panel of Wood County Park District staff and volunteer judges. Oversteps of rules will be considered in overall score. Winners will be determined Sunday, January 21, 2024. All participants will be contacted directly and a public announcement made.

For questions, please contact Naturalist Craig Spicer: 419-661-1697 x3