Welcome. We are delighted you are interested in volunteering with us!

Volunteer opportunities

Participate in opportunities with Conservation, Recreation, and Cultural Heritage.
Volunteers with a valid background check and additional training can participate in public and classroom educational opportunities and the Park Ambassador program. These groups include Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Get Started… 

  1. Read and sign the Volunteer Handbook. (Please save with a new name.)
  2. Email the handbook to jsands@ wcparks.org.
  3. Register: wcparks.galaxydigital.com


Watch this how-to video on using the Volunteer website.
Register for opportunities, respond to events, log your hours, and visualize your impact.

Volunteer Website

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities: Help improve your parks and the environment by helping with an assortment of opportunities. No experience is needed; everyone is welcome to help.

Long Term: Adopt-A-Garden, Adopt-A-Trail (portion of the Slippery Elm Trail), Park Ambassador, and more. Please call (419) 353-1897 for more information about these great opportunities.

Group: Groups may sign up for one-time opportunities. Stewardship volunteer programs can also be set up for Scouting Groups, Master Gardener service hours, or community groups.

For more information about our volunteer program, please call 419-353-1897.

Mission & Core Values
The mission of the Wood County Park District is to preserve, enhance,
and protect the natural and cultural resources of Wood County while
providing quality recreational and education opportunities for Wood County citizens.

The Wood County Park District is a natural resources conservation agency.
• We save natural spaces,
• We protect the environment,
• We enhance special community spaces,
• We restore natural habitats,
• We safeguard the public within our properties,
• We provide quality educational programming in outdoor recreation,
environmental sciences, and cultural heritage.

Volunteer Program focus
To provide a means through which the Park District can accept and utilize
volunteer services from the public.
Education and Training
To provide a training program that provides volunteers with the knowledge
and skills necessary to perform and excel at their volunteer tasks.
To augment the strengths and capabilities of Park District staff with trained
volunteers to expand current services and create new opportunities for
Wood County residents.

Click here for .pdf of the Wood County Park District Volunteer Mission & Values.

If a background check is required for your service click below:

Volunteer Background Check


Native Plant Program

Volunteer with our conservation efforts. Make a difference.

Adopt a seed collecting bed at the native plant nursery at J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve. One garden bed with one genotype of native plant to care for is a much needed and greatly appreciated service.


Adopt-a-Garden Program

Our native plant gardens need your help!

Sign-up to be part of a team of people who design, implement and care for the native plant gardens.

Staff will meet you in the spring to get you started. You choose the day and time to visit and tend to the garden. We will supply the plants and tools you need for a successful garden.

Log your hours and add them to this website.

Adopt-a-Garden Parks include:

  • Beaver Creek Preserve
  • Black Swamp Preserve
  • Bradner Preserve
  • Cedar Creeks Preserve
  • J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
  • Otsego Park
  • William Henry Harrison Park
  • W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

Specific Requirements:

Register online and reach out to Hayley Barrett with the Stewardship Department. hbarrett@wcparks. org

Meet in April about plans and plants.
Set up dates starting in May.


  • Minimum visit of once a week (solo) or twice a month as a group
  • A group log so members know who visited and did what
  • No weeds
  • Water as needed (especially new plantings)
  • Plans for plants and map of their locations
  • Request materials as needed (three day notice)
  • Notification of changes to group
  • One spring cleanup and fall wrap up.