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Attend a workshop in Kayak Paddling Techniques and Rescue on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Three Meadows Pond, 700 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg. The morning is aimed at refining paddling skills. The afternoon puts these skills to good use, equipping you with lifesaving knowledge and practice in the afternoon. Get ready for an active day with plenty of paddling and frequent swimming. All kayaks and equipment are provided. Personal equipment is welcome, please check with the chef beforehand. See online description for full details and entry requirements. Cost: $55

Choose your adventure on July 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Otsego Park: 20000 West River Road. The program’s naturalist staff team up for an evening of educational fun. Stations will include entering the river to catch macroinvertebrates, encountering a live animal from the program, and seeing furs of mammal species from Wood County’s past and present. Each presentation will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and there will be time to participate in all three. We will explore the water with our hands and nets, so wear quick-drying clothes and shoes that can get wet and stay attached to your feet.

Milkweed and Monarchs is scheduled for July 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. at WW Knight Nature Preserve: 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. Want to learn more about the mighty monarch butterfly? Learn about its life history, migration exploits, and how to help conserve them locally from Joy Schall, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist. Next, look for monarch caterpillars and flying adults, as well as other butterfly species that might be wandering around on a warm summer evening.

Sustainable Options for Pest Control will be held July 20 from 6-7 p.m. at the Historic Carter Farm: 18331 Carter Rd. What does sustainable pest management mean? What is the difference between organic, sustainable, conventional and pesticide-free pest control? Staff will define the different approaches and discuss the principles of integrated pest management and how this approach can be combined with the philosophy of pest management. The person in charge is Michelle Wallace, ANR regional extension educator.

Island Tour Kayaking will take place on July 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Weirs Rapids Access, 21095 Range Line Road. Paddle through the Mighty Maumee’s largest island chain with a naturalist while learning about ecological features and the islands’ history. Look for wildlife like bald eagles, painted turtles and beavers and more. A safety and kayaking skills session will precede the trip. Previous kayaking experience is highly recommended. The boating trip is about 5 miles of river. The cost is $15, FWCP $10.

The Farm Hand Olympics will be held July 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Carter Historic Farm: 18331 Carter Road. Put your farm worker skills to the test and measure your skills against other farm worker olympic participants. Snacks and water will be provided. Participants will perform dirty outdoor tasks that require heavy lifting, walking and running. This program is designed for 8-10 year olds. Be dressed properly. The chef is Alyssa Garland.

Free program. Registration is mandatory. Register: wcparks.org or (419) 353-1897

Research Spotlight: Oaks

Tuesday July 26; 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Presentation by videoconference

Join Michigan Tech University researcher Emma Shedd to learn about her study of oak trees in Wood County and their Midwestern range and what it might reveal in terms of climate change. She will discuss the questions she and her research team are considering and what they hope to learn from the data they collect. Free program. Registration is mandatory. Register: wcparks.org or (419) 353-1897

Saturday July 30; 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WW Knight Nature Preserve: 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

Give yourself permission to escape to reconnect and relax. 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 sitting and walking mindfulness practices and nature awareness activities. This course is suitable for teenagers and adults. Registration required. Leader: Emma Taylor

Threshing wheat (families, adults)

Sunday July 31; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Historic Carter Farm: 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

See how wheat transitions from grain on the stalk to being ready for milling, as well as straw for animal bedding. Chef: Chris Dauer

Paddle the Pond on July 25 from 4-7:30 p.m. at WW Knight Nature Preserve: 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Get in a canoe or kayak and have fun on the pond! Perfect for a family outing, comfort for beginners, or relaxing exercise. An instructor will be available for safety initiation and skills education. All boats, life jackets and paddles provided. Canoes, kayaks and equipment on a first come, first served basis. Call ahead for suitable accommodations. Free program. No registration required.

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