You are welcome to be a friend!

Click below to find a membership brochure.

Membership brochure

The Wood County Park District is a sea of tranquility in an otherwise hectic and stressful world. When you need to decompress, when you yearn for the beauty of the natural world, when you want your children to be aware there are other things outside your door, you can go to the park. Whenever you want to do something and you don’t know what that something is, you can go to the park. Your Wood County Parks are always there waiting on you. In case you are not sure where to go, here are a few parks to consider:
Bradner Preserve. 11491 N. Fostoria Rd. Bradner, Ohio. 233 acres with 2.38 miles of trails; features
habitats of forest, prairie, pond and even sand dunes. Nature abounds at Bradner from plants like Jack-in-the-
Pulpit and Trumpet Honeysuckle to animals ranging from Pileated Woodpeckers to Question Mark Butterflies, and many more. Walk the short, easy trails, fish in the pond or relax in the modern air-conditioned Interpretive Center. This park is fun for the whole family.

Cedar Creeks Preserve. 4575 Walbridge Rd. Northwood, Ohio. 42 acres with 1.72 miles of wide, well-maintained nature trails crossing on rustic bridges over Cedar Creek. Look for the Paw Paw trees and the Great Horned Owls, play on the playground or have a family picnic. Good times can be had by all.

Carter Historic Farm. 18331 Carter Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio. 80 acres of historically accurate, working, Depression-era farm. Visit the farm animals, tour the farm, and maybe even participate in farm activities like thrashing wheat.

Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve. 26940 Lime City Rd. Perrysburg, Ohio. 60 acres with 2.23 miles of trails. You can walk into the quarry and look for fossils or visit the new Nature Center. This is a unique park
to explore.

W. W. Knight Nature Preserve. 29530 White Rd. Perrysburg, Ohio. 43 acres with 1.48 miles of trails. Considered by many to be a jewel of the WC Park district, it has something for almost everyone from fishing or canoeing to picnic area or visiting the Natural playscape.

For more information about our organization, contact:
18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
(419) 353-1897
toll free (800) 321-1897

People and Parks Working Together

Friends of the Wood County Parks is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to engage the citizens of Wood County in ensuring the preservation of the natural beauty and diversity of the Wood County ecosystem by supporting the management, growth, and improvement of the Wood County Park District. We are a 100% volunteer-based organization; all the funds we raise are used to fulfill our mission. Some of the ways we do this are:
• Organizing and staffing special programs and events
• Financially assisting with educational, recreational, and interpretive programs
• Promoting the Wood County Park District throughout Wood County and Northwest Ohio.
• Financially assisting the Wood County Park District administration and staff in fulfilling their mission and objectives

Your support helps to create events, provides funding for park programs and community opportunities.
We do all of this and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Take this opportunity to join us.


Advantages of Membership

The primary reason to join the Friends of the Wood County Parks is the feeling you will have knowing you are contributing to maintaining and improving the natural ecosystem of Wood County through support of our park system. In addition – knowing you are making it possible for the next to experience the joys of the natural world.

There are many tangible benefits to membership.

Some of these benefits are:
• Discount on rental facilities
• Discounts on public programs, field trips, and products
• Special “Friends-Only” naturalist-led programs and tours
• Receipt of Friends of the Wood County Parks newsletters
• Quarterly mailing, directly to your home, of the “Oak Leaf” detailing programs and events taking place in your park system
• Many volunteer opportunities to help enrich your life and our park community. You could expand your horizons by participating in one of the many programs, learn a new skill, become a certified naturalist, work with native plants, canoe/kayak on the Maumee River or apply to join the Friends of the Parks Board of Trustees.

Now is the time to join us. You can make a difference.


You can join the Friends online, or mail in an application found in the brochure.