The Friends of the Wood County Parks support our county parks in many ways. Through donations of both funds and people power, the Friends help you and your family enjoy our wonderful county parks.

Become a Member

Support the Parks!

It’s Time to Renew!

Your continued support makes a difference.

Donate to the Friends

The Friends of the Wood County Parks is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. If you would like to pay by check and send in a membership form, please click here for a brochure and details. Thank you!

Friends of the Parks logo

A Friends membership will:

  • Show your support for the parks
  • Help increase the parks visibility in the community
  • Assist in park activities
  • Stimulate the use of the parks
  • Support the preservation of the natural park areas
  • Enhance conservation efforts
  • Support programming

Benefits of Friends Membership:

  • 25% discount on rental facility reservations
  • “Friends” discounts on pubic programs and field trips
  • Special “Friends Only” naturalist-led programs and tours
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Receipt of quarterly mailings of the Oak Leaf program guide, as well as the Friends of the Wood County Parks newsletters.

The Friends of the Parks are a 501 (c)(3) organization, and your donation is tax-deductible.
Thank you for supporting the conservation efforts, programming, and opportunities at the Wood County Parks.

Membership Categories

Oak (lifetime) – $350
Sapling –            $150
Seedling –          $50
Acorn –               $25

Corporate Membership:

Eagle –                     $1,000
Great Blue Heron –  $500

Friends’ Membership Meetings in spring and fall are a great way to meet new people, learn something new, and have a nice lunch at the park.

The Friends of the Parks Birdseed Sale is a fundraiser held annually each fall, with the help of Mid-Wood, Inc.

The Friends of the Parks Spring Plant Sale is a fundraiser held annually each spring. The Native Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 10 am – 1 pm at the Wood County Fairgrounds.

There is an exclusive Friends’ members only sale ahead of the Native Plant Sale.

History of the Parks project

The Friends of the Parks lead the History of the Parks project. Volunteering for this project is a great way to get involved, learn about the parks, and connect with the past.

Read the History of the Parks compilation here.

Memorial Bench Program

With a gift of $3,000 (or more) to the Friends of the Wood County Parks Memorial Bench program, a Memorial Bench with a personalized plaque is placed at a park agreed upon by donor and park staff based on space availability. The gift amount covers the cost of the bench, installation, and a personalized plaque.

Learn More

Program Terms      Request Form


Click here for text versions of the Memorial Bench Terms and Request Form.

Commemorative Trail

A Commemorative Trail engraved brick is a quality way to acknowledge milestones and loved ones.

Commemorative Trail brick

Purchase a milestone:

4″x 8″ brick with 3 lines of text for $100

8″ x 8″ brick with 5 lines of text for $125

Click here for a brick order form.



Donate today – every dollar helps the parks!

Choose a category for your donation: Flora & Fauna, Bricks & Mortar, Education & Programs, and Endowment Fund.

Checks can be sent to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green

Friends of the Parks


To show support for the Parks.

To help increase the Park’s visibility in the community.

To assist in Park activities.

To stimulate use of the Parks.

To help promote the preservation of the natural park areas.

To increase awareness of governmental legislation and administrative issues that affects the parks and increase awareness of environmental issues.


A system of safe, well-managed parks reflecting the natural beauty and ecological diversity of Wood County will be an integral part of the lives of all Wood County citizens.


Friends of the Parks of the Wood County Parks will 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 and growth of the Wood County park system.

Join The Friends of the Wood County Parks!

Download our Membership Application!

Advantages of Membership

25% Discount on rental facilities: Otsego, William Henry Harrison and W.W. Knight Preserve

Special “Friends Only” naturalist-led programs and tours

“Friends” discounts on public programs and field trips

Volunteer opportunities

Two newsletters each year updating you on the legislation and issues that affect our parks and informing you of various “Friends” and park activities. This is in addition to the Oak Leaf Program Guide from the Wood County Park District.

People and Parks – Working Together

Friends of Wood County Parks support our county’s parks in many ways. Through donations of both funds and people power, the Friends help you and your family enjoy the parks by:

Organizing and staffing special events

Assisting with educational and interpretive programs

Promoting, preserving and developing natural park areas

Increasing public awareness about legislation and issues that affect our parks

Serving on advisory groups for each park

Your membership dues provide funding for these services and volunteers provide the time, talent, and ideas to make the people-parks connection work!

For more information about this organization, contact:

Friends of the Wood County Parks

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

(419) 353-1897 or toll free (800) 321-1897


2023 Officers

President – Candace Weis – Bowling Green

Vice President – Jim Mathews – Genoa

Secretary –

Treasurer – Laura Arnold – Perrysburg

Current Trustees

David Arnold——————————-Perrysburg

Laura Arnold——————————-Perrysburg

Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids

Todd Brininger———————-Bowling Green

Virginia (Ginny) Dean—————- Waterville

Sue Frankforther————————Maumee

Bill Hale———————————– Haskins

Renee Jayne—————————Perrysburg

Randye Kreischer——————-Bowling Green

Lucy Long—————————-Bowling Green

Jim Mathews——————————–Genoa

Ranaye McLaughlin—————— Northwood

Stephanie Nesper———————-Perrysburg

Judy Powell————————Bowling Green

Candace Weis——————— Bowling Green

George Winters——————-Bowling Green


Honorary Trustees

Dorothea Barker – Bowling Green

Marsha Broadright – Bowling Green

Walter Krueger – Perrysburg

Martha and Dick Kudner – Perrysburg


Donate to the Friends of the Parks for specific purposes within the parks.

Arrowwood Archery Range

2022 Minutes

February 2022

January 2022

2021 Minutes 

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

RSVP Program

Friends members who are 55 years and older are eligible to sign-up for the RSVP program.

The RSVP program rewards you for volunteering with us!

Benefits of the RSVP program include:

  • Liability and Supplemental Health Insurance
  • Mileage Reimbursement Percentage
  • Meal Reimbursement Percentage
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Celebrations
  • Opportunity to meet new people and make new friends

For a RSVP program application, click here.

For a mileage/meal Reimbursement Form, click here.

Submit paperwork to Wood County Park District Volunteer Services: Jamie Sands,

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, 43402.

The RSVP program is a national grant-funded program with the National Service and Area Offices on Aging.


2023 Photo Contest

9th Annual Contest
Categories: Landscape, Wildlife, Plant Life, and Heritage

Photographers may submit their photos taken at any of our Wood County Parks.  These photo categories are: Landscape, Plant Life, Wildlife, and Heritage. Photos must be submitted per contest specifications by January 1, 2024. *This deadline has been extended from Nov. 30.

There is a $5 entry fee which entitles the photographer five photo entries. Members of the Friends of the Parks may submit 10 photos.  Prospectus.

Find text of the Prospectus here.

Thank you to Main Street Photo for their support!

2022 8th Annual Friends of the Wood County Parks Photo Contest Winners


1st Place: James Mathews, “Otsego Slot Canyon”
2nd Place: William Garrett, “Icy View”
3rd Place: Tony Everhardt, “Maumee River Sunset”

Plant Life

1st Place: Greg Predmore, “Swamp Milkweed”
2nd Place: Jim Mathews, “Earth Star”
3rd Place: Jen Pollard, “Aliens at the Pond”


1st Place: Tony Everhardt, “Prowling Praying Mantis”
2nd Place: James Mathews, “Female Cardinal”
3rd Place: Greg Predmore, “Sycamore Tussock Moth”


1st Place: Jim Knepper, “Log Cabin”
2nd Place: Judy Kline, “This Little Pig Welcomes You”
3rd Place: Jim Knepper, “Turtle”

People’s Choice

Landscape: Tony Everhardt, “Maumee River Sunset”
Plant Life: Jen Pollard, “Aliens at the Pond”
Wildlife: James Mathews, “Female Cardinal”
Heritage: Jim Knepper, “Log Cabin”