Learn from local adventurers as they share their stories, tips, and triumphs.
Basecamp Stories is an educational program series (held indoors) every other Thursday in winter from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551. These programs are free and open to all. Registration is required for each. These programs are hosted by program naturalist and adventure specialist, Craig Spicer.

BaseCamp Stories

Learn from locals; share in adventure.

Thursdays, Dec-Feb; 7-8:30 pm at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perryburg. 

*BaseCamp Stories: Ice Climbing is More Than It’s Cracked Up to Be*

Thurs., Dec. 14
Rock climbing is cool, but ice climbing is even cooler according to Ben Waggoner, certified climbing guide and climbing manager at Adventus Climbing Gym. From the Rocky Mountains to Michigan waterfalls, Ben shares his experiences and seeks to raise awareness of the approachability and fun of climbing ice.


*BaseCamp Stories – When It Goes Downhill Fast: Summiting Mount Saint Helens*

Thurs., Dec. 28
When life sought to drag down guest presenter Dakota Garland, he set out on a mission to climb high. He chose Mount Saint Helens to begin his adventure. Join Dakota as he shares his preparation, planning, experience, and critical-thinking when the descent of the mountain went downhill faster than anticipated


*BaseCamp Stories: Volunteering for Yellowstone’s Wolf Ecology – Harold Brown*

Thurs., Jan. 11
Harold (Hal) Brown is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and the winner of the outstanding interpretive volunteer award recognition at national and regional conferences through the National Association of Interpretation (NAI). His experience as a seasonal staff member at the Yellowstone Forever Institute has given him a unique perspective on this special place and an appreciation for one of the apex predators in the ecosystem, the gray wolf. You will wish you were there as he shares his photos and years of experience with this impressive creature at an iconic national park.


*BaseCamp Stories: Canoeing & Conservation; Michigan’s Boardman River – Randy & Gloria Box*

Thurs., Jan. 25
Veteran river rats Randy and Gloria Box are passionate canoeing advocates for the many opportunities Michigan’s rivers have to offer. Join them as they share details of one of their favorite Michigan paddles, the Boardman River, which has undergone the most comprehensive dam-removal and watershed-restoration work in Michigan’s history.


*BaseCamp Stories: The Faces in the National Parks, Jodi Harrington*

Thurs., Feb. 8
From the mountains to the valleys, from the ocean’s shore to the desert sands, the beauty of every national park is breathtaking to behold. Explorer Jodi Harrington set out to experience them all for herself! Join her as she shares stories of her adventures, where the sights were beautiful but the people made the journey incredible.


*Base Camp Stories: Kayaking through Ontario’s Mink and McCoy Islands – Eric Slough*

Thurs., Feb. 22
Join Eric Slough, Great Lakes kayaker and local ACA kayak instructor as he covers his trip from Snug Harbor, around Franklin Island and through the Mink and McCoy Island chain. Learn about the history, geology, equipment and skills needed to cover a multi-day kayak excursion.



Hosted by Craig Spicer. These programs are free and open to all. Registration is required. Register at wcparks.org.