Status Updates

  • Parks & Nature Preserves are free & open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Facility Open Views – see the event venues!
    • Otsego, Thomson Stone Hall – 1st Monday; 7-8 pm
    • W.W. Knight, Great Room – 1st Wednesday; 7-8 pm
    • *The Entrance to the W.W. Knight Nature Center is diverted to the side of the building. The main entrance will be closed through April and May for ramp reconstruction. 

Nature Camp

Nature camp information repeated in text Tuesday – Friday; 9 am – 3 pm

Ages 5-6: June 18-21, or June 25-28

Ages 7-9: July 9-12, or July 16-19

Ages 10-12: July 23-26, or Jul 30 – Aug 2

Explore, learn and get dirty at our nature camps! Every day offers new educational and entertaining activities to connect campers to the outdoors and all the things that call it home. Please provide a reliable email address or phone number; additional necessary information will be sent to you following your registration. Need-based assistance for covering the cost of camp is available for those interested in attending. Contact program manager Jim Witter at (419) 661-1697, ext. 1 or prior to registration for more information and to learn about whether you might qualify for financial assistance to attend. Registration closes five days before the first day of camp.

Park Shirts Fundraiser


Support the parks with the purchase of a 90th Anniversary shirt!

Pieces of the design are open to show the shirt color underneath because in the mosaic Oak tree, it takes all of us to make the parks great. Order yours today!

90th Anniversary Parks Shirt sales dates: Monday, May 14, 2024 through Monday, May 28, 2024.
Once the sale ends, the shirts are all hand-created before being ready to mail out to you. Estimated Delivery Date:  6/12/24 – 6/14/24

We all are the parks. Thank you for your stylish support!


Park District Hiring Seasonal Positions

We’re hiring!

The Wood County Park District is hiring this spring for a few different seasonal positions. Work in the great outdoors this summer and help us accomplish great things. 17+ years old. $13+ per hour.

We value public service, hard work, recreation, conservation, and education. If your values align with ours, please apply for one of our positions by submitting an application found on our website at Get a foot in the door at the Park District, earn summer money, and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  419-353-1897.


Make a difference!
Gain valuable gardening experience while championing conservation efforts, helping your local parks, and benefitting the community.

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. Choose the day & time to visit and tend to the garden. We will supply the plants, tools, and support for a successful garden.

Ready to Adopt-a-Garden?
Register here

Park District 90th Anniversary

Celebrating 90 years of serving Wood County by protecting natural & cultural resources, and providing quality outdoor recreation & education for Wood County citizens. Learn more about the Park District History here.

Discover your 21 parks & nature preserves, register for programs, reserve facilities, and learn more at, 419-353-1897.

Thank you, Wood County!

2023 Annual Report

2023 was a good year. We accomplished many great things, served the public, and furthered our mission. Thank you for being a part of it.

2023 Annual Report

Go Green

Go green and earn green gear.
Participate in the Go Green program by self-stamping the Go Green Passport when you make green choices and visit parks. Redeem your passport at Park District Headquarters for green giveaways.

The Go Green Passport is a collection of ideas to make good Earth Choices.

Click here for a printable passport.

Click here for the text version and more information.

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.


Heritage flours for sale!

label for the heritage red fife wheat flour.


Sustainably grown and harvested cornmeal,
buckwheat flour, and wheat flour from the
Carter Historic Farm are available for
purchase on site. The farm buildings are
open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.

These quality products were grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

Thank you for supporting the sustainable heritage practices at the Carter Historic Farm.


Down on the Farm

The Carter Historic Farm is a working farm and cultural heritage agricultural center interpreted to the Depression-era. The buildings are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The park grounds are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. To keep up-to-date with what’s happening on the farm, visit the Carter Historic Farm Facebook page. 

produce grown on the farm donated tot eh Brown Bag Food Project.



Follow the WC Parks YouTube Channel.

Check out this video tour of the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve.

Just Nature

Just Nature: Sunset over the Maumee River

Just Nature: Babbling Brook


Commemorative Trail WW Knight Nature Preserve Wood County Park District


Commemorative Trail

Say it forever with an engraved brick at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

An 8 x 8 inch brick with 5 lines of text is $125. A 4 x 8 inch brick with 3 lines of text is $100. Order forms must be mailed or delivered to the Park District Headquarters located at 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the Wood County Parks. This is a fundraiser and the proceeds go to the Friends of the Parks who support park amenities, activities and beautification.

Click here for a Brick Order Form. Engraved bricks are added to the trail twice a year, at the end of November and the end of May.