Our project “Stories in the Woods” has officially come to an end. It featured nine signs placed around Wintergarden Nature Preserve, showcasing the park’s fascinating history. We hope that you enjoyed reading them and thank you all for your support!
If you were able to see the signs or the website, please leave us your feedback in the comments below. Your feedback will be instrumental in deciding our next steps with these signs and future projects!
Thank you all so very much for all of your support! We hope that you continue to enjoy the woods!
Thanks to our panelists Dani Tippmann, Chris Gajewicz and Cinda Stutzman for a wonderful webinar about getting to know the plants in our nature preserve. You can now watch the webinar in its entirety by clicking here!
Update: Unfortunately the link is no longer working. We apologize for the inconvenience!
We are humbled by the feedback we have obtained so far. We are thankful to BG Independent News, BGSU News, and The Sentinel-Tribune for their coverage. (Click on the links to learn more). More news stories are coming. If you have any feedback or photos that you are posting on social media, please use the hashtag #storiesinthewoods. You can also post comments in the different pages of this blog (comments are moderated). Thanks!
“Stories in the Woods” is a program planned for April-May in Wintergarden/St. John’s Woods Nature Preserve, 100 acres of restored prairie, oak savannah and swampy woods on the west side of Bowling Green. The program introduces the public to the environmental history of the land and has 3 components:
The trail, from April 11 to May 31: Ten signs in selected locations of the preserve narrate historical features of the park, from indigenous occupation, to farming, to the present Preserve.
This website: more information, primary sources and a short reflection accessible from the signs via smartphone-friendly QR-codes. We will invite the community to further contribute to this website with comments and by posting to instagram, twitter and to the nature preserve’s facebook page using a common hashtag.
Honoring Our Plants, a “talk-walk” about native and European ecological knowledge of the plants in St. John’s Woods. Dani Tippmann, Myaamia Tribal Plant Tradition Bearer, and park naturalists will provide interpretation as we walk the interpretive trail.
Diorama of the interpretive trail, currently in display in the Administration Building, BGSU.
Interested in our design process of the trail? Check out the early draft of the signs that we prepared for city parks in November 2019. This is an initial draft of the interpretive trail. Texts are being edited and revised based on feedback of the advisory board of the project. Non-local photos will be replaced with photos from St. John’s Woods.
Produced by Addison Kennedy, Charles (Rob) Baither, Peter Funk, Julian Gillilan, Keith Lenhart, Jared Miller, Mohammad Rahman, Madison Stump, under the supervision of Amílcar E. Challú.