Native Plant Sale

The Friends of the Parks annual Native Plant Sale is
Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Wood County Fairgrounds, Champion Building, 13800 W Poe Road, B0wling Green. Find quality local native plants for your home or office. Native plants are beneficial for the environment, and the Native Plant Program is a cornerstone of our environmental conservation efforts. Learn more about native plants here.

*There is an exclusive pre-sale for Friends of the Parks members on Friday, May 4, 2024 from 10 am – 1 pm at the Wood County Fairgrounds.

graphic of Farm Breakfast (Off the Farm) with Carter Historic Farm logo, fork growing from the ground with leaves, and website wcaprks.org Farm Breakfast (off the Farm)

Sunday, April 21; 10 am – 12 pm

Visit the scenic Otsego Park to taste the fruits of our farm – buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and eggs and other treats raised or grown on the Carter Historic Farm. Food will be available until it is gone in a first-come-first served format. Visitors will serve themselves from the breakfast buffet. This breakfast is free and open to all. Food was sustainably grown and holistically raised at the Carter Historic Farm. No registration is needed. *Please note that the breakfast is at Otsego Park, 20000 West River Road, Bowling Green.



Cedar Creeks Collector’s Shirt

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Order your limited edition Cedar Creeks shirt (or sweatshirt) today! Sale now through Wednesday, March 6. Learn about the autumn Hiking Challenge here.

Order Here  *This link is expired as the shirt sale is no longer active.



Board of Park Commissioners

2024 Board Chair: Rebecca Ferguson

2024 Board:

Wendy Headley

Sandy Wiechman

Kathy Attwood

Jonathan Smith

2023 retiring board members: Bill Cameron and Tom Myers.


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 jwitter@wcparks.org 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.



graphic of Farm Breakfast (Off the Farm) with Carter Historic Farm logo, fork growing from the ground with leaves, and website wcaprks.org Farm Breakfast (off the Farm)

Sundays 10 am – 12 pm

February 4

March 3

April 21

Visit the scenic Otsego Park to taste the fruits of our farm – buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and eggs and other treats raised or grown on the Carter Historic Farm. Food will be available until it is gone in a first-come-first served format. Visitors will serve themselves from the breakfast buffet. This breakfast is free and open to all. Food was sustainably grown and holistically raised at the Carter Historic Farm. No registration is needed. *Please note that the breakfast is at Otsego Park, 20000 West River Road, Bowling Green.



Adopt-a-Garden

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

Adopt-A-Garden Info Meeting
Tuesday, April 2; 7-8 pm
J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, Ohio
Do you have a green thumb? Are you curious to work with and help promote native plants? Learn about the native gardens within your Wood County Parks in need of adoption and what you can do to help!
Register for the info session



The Great Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Monday, April 8 from 1-5 pm programs at parks Join us in viewing the great solar eclipse at the parks!

Monday, April 8; 1-5 pm

Staff will be present at three Wood County Parks to help remind you of the safest ways to view a solar eclipse. Some eclipse glasses will be available but quantities are limited. Arrive well before 3:00 p.m. to claim your spot at your selected park, bring a blanket and get comfy as we wait for the moment of totality at 3:13 p.m. You are not required to register to participate, but you may register to give the park district an idea of how many folks to expect. Click on buttons below to register for a site.

Bradner Preserve

Carter Historic Farm

William Henry Harrison Park



Free the Trees

Free the trees from the tree tubes in the restored wetland at Carter Historic Farm. The tubes protected the 5,000 trees and now need to be removed before the trees outgrow them. The work involves stacking, bending, and lifting 5-15 pounds on uneven ground. Wear layers of clothes for outdoor mud stompin’ and tree-freeing.
Mondays, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1; 10a – 12p
Please wear study, closed-toed shoes, and dress for the weather.
This is an important volunteer need. We hope you can help us.

 



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.

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

Thank you, Wood County!


Wild Lights 2024

Wild Lights details

Wild Lights Weekend: January 19-21, 2024; 5 – 8 pm

Stroll the sparkling woods at night. Then, warm up with hot chocolate & cookies inside the nature center where you’ll find games and a winter photo station. Wild Lights is free and open to all. No registration is necessary.


Base Camp Stories

Basecamp Stories
Thursdays, Dec-Feb, 2024; 7-8:30 pm
Learn from locals; share in adventure.

at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve – Wood County Park District

*Base Camp 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.

*Base Camp 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!

*Base Camp 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.

*Base Camp 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.

*Base Camp 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.


Heritage Holiday

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Heritage Holiday
Saturday, December 9, 2023; 1:00-4:00 pm

Carter Historic Farm
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Join in the festive cheer with cookie decorating, crafts, carols on the player piano, warm beverages, music in the schoolhouse, and plenty of historic charm.

Mark your calendars for this free community event. No registration is needed, and all are welcome.



Hiking Challenge


Hike the parks & log your hours September through October, 2023.
Redeem your Hiking Challenge Passport for access to an exclusive Park District shirt. The Cedar Creeks Preserve will be the park featured on the park shirts. Learn more and find a text version of the passport here.
Hiking Challenge Passport



Scarecrow Contest


Scarecrow Contest & Workshop
Thursday, October 5; 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Carter Historic Farm,
18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Join in on the family fun fall tradition of building scarecrows! Build a scarecrow from scratch using our provided materials or bring your homemade scarecrow to Carter Historic Farm to create a festive display for all to enjoy! Once completed, enter your scarecrow into our 22nd Annual Scarecrow Contest to win cash prizes! Find full contest details at wcparks.org. Scarecrows will be on display and judged live during the Heritage Farm Fest October 7. Contest scarecrows will be on display through October 14 and winners announced during the Heritage Farm Fest October 7. *The deadline to register for this program is October 2.* Register here for the Scarecrow Workshop. Register your scarecrow for the Contest at the Scarecrow Workshop after your scarecrow is set up. Must register for the contest to be eligible for prizes.
Learn more here.



Heritage Farm Fest

Join the fun at this free community event!
Heritage Farm Fest
Saturday, October 7, 2023; 11 am – 3 pm
Enjoy wagon rides, farming demonstrations, history & tea talks, blacksmithing, apple-cider pressing, games & prizes, pie-eating contest, Depression-era heritage farm interpretation, and a meal grown & raised on the farm.
Entrance, parking, and all activities are free and open to all!
Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.


Fall Native Plant Sale

Thursday, September 21; 4-7 pm
Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood

Purchase quality native plants grown by the Stewardship Department of the Wood County Park District. These plants create drought-resistant & flood-resistant areas, sequester carbon, create pollinator habitat, and are beautiful. Fall is a great time to plant perennials.

Native forbs: $5
Native shrubs: $10

2023 FALL PLANT SALE LIST

FORBS

# Trays (15 per tray)
1. Big Blue Stem 1
2. Columbine 2
3. Culver’s Root 3
4. Gray Headed Coneflower 4
5. Indian Grass 2
6. Ironweed 1
7. Lance-Leaf Coreopsis 3
8. Little Blue Stem 10
9. Nodding Wild Onion 2
10. Prickly Pear Cactus 1
11. Rose Mallow 2
12. Sneezeweed 5
13. Swamp Milkweed 3
14. Sweet Joe Pye Weed 6
15. Wild Senna ½

WOODIES

# pots
1. Silky Dogwood 40
2. Button Bush 20
3. Ninebark 20
4. Black Chokeberry 20
5. Sycamore 10
6. Gooseberry 10
7. Smooth Sumac 10



Glow Roll

Friday, September 15; 7-9 pm

Black Swamp Preserve, 1014 S. Maple Street, Bowling Green, OH




Paddle the Pond

FREE.
Open to all.
No registration is needed.
Equipment & instruction are provided.
Dates: June 26, July 10, July 24, August 14, August 28
Canoe or kayak around the pond and build your paddling skills.


Nature Camps

Nature Camps
Tuesday – Friday, June – August, 9a – 3p
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve – Wood County Park District
$150 per student*

5-6 years old + June 20-23
5-6 years old + June 27-30

7-8 years old + July 11-14
7-8 years old + July 18-21

10-12 years old + July 25-28
10-12 years old + August 1-4

Register:
https://reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org/programs/ *Information about applying for a scholarship is available in the registration page.



Fire by the River

Fridays; 7-9 pm
June 16, July 7, and August 11, 2023

Make summer memories with camp activities. Enjoy s’mores, build pie-iron creations, play yard games, look at wildlife with binoculars, and and practice outdoor skills with a park naturalist.
Situated in a camp-like atmosphere next to our scenic Maumee River, this is the perfect setting for a relaxing outdoor evening.
Details: Come anytime between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, no registration is needed, you’re welcome to bring items for comfort. A camp chair is recommended. This program is free and open to all. No registration is needed.


Stargazing

Stargazing
Saturdays; July 8, August 5; 9 pm – 1 am
September 2; 8 pm – 1 am
See stars, nebula and more with the Toledo Astronomical Association. Feel free to bring a chair and blanket. All events are weather dependent and may be canceled without prior notice.
Program fee: FREE
Program open to all!
No registration is needed.


Go Green

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Print a Go Green Passport and Go Green by visiting parks and participating in at-home go green action steps. This self-guided journey is more than just a valuable experience. This is a fun way to be rewarded for becoming a good steward of the Earth.

Accomplish three Go Green activities from each of ten categories. Redeem your passport for a bamboo utensils, chopsticks & straw set. Have the whole family participate on one passport and each member receives a bamboo set. Accomplish six items from each Go Green Category and receive your choice of a campfire mug or a park t-shirt.

Please call 419-353-1897 before picking up your prize from Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Prize pick-up days are Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Text version of the Go Green Passport found here.



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 November 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 and details can be found here.   

Thank you to Main Street Photo for their support!


Sunday, June 4, 2023; 11 am – 3 pm
Location TBA; check social media for details

Thinking about getting into kayaking this paddling season? Come to the pond to try out kayaks of all shapes and sizes! Experienced local kayakers and kayaking instructors will be on hand to answer any questions, point out differences between boat types and features, outfit you with PFDs and paddles, and educate you on all things safe-kayaking. All participants must sign a release of liability at the event before being allowed to kayak. Must be 11 years of age or older to kayak; legal guardian must be present. No registration is needed. Arrive and leave as you wish during the event. FREE!



2022 Annual Report

Learn about the accomplishments and results from 2022 by the Wood County Park District. Click here for the full annual report. We are passionate about our mission and proud to serve Wood County, Ohio.



Wild Lights 2023

   

Wild Lights 2023

Wild Lights Workshop: Wednesday, January 11; 4 – 7 pm

Wild Lights Weekend: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday; 5 – 8 pm

The Wild Lights event was a great success!

Check out the highlight video here.

THANK YOU to the 800+ people, who over the course of three days, made Wild Lights Weekend even more spectacular than the lights themselves! There was dancing, laughing, learning, amazement, smiling faces, and lots of great memories. 2023 was the third year for the Wild Lights imaginative lighted animal displays and saw the addition of an indoor space with a winter photo stop, hot chocolate, cookies, and pretend snowballs.

Congratulations to the winners!
1st $150 “For the Fun of it!” | Black Bear
2nd $100 “Maneo Minnows” | Browsing Buck
3rd $50 “The Downey and Lopez/Meek Families” | Doe and Turkey
Community members adopted 3D foam animal displays and decorated them with lights. The contest is free to enter and is a great team-building activity for offices, organizations, and service groups.

We are thankful for our community partners!
Thank you to the Way Library of Perrysburg for their creative and inspiring display.

Thank you to the Friends of the Wood County Park District for sponsoring the contest prize funds and the hot cocoa & cookies inside the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Nature Center. Become a Friend today!

Add your name to the interest list to receive information about participating in Wild Lights 2024.



2022 Photo Contest

Categories: Landscape, Wildlife, Plant Life, and Heritage

Photo Contest 2022 graphic

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 November 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 and details can be found here.



2023 Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 13, 2023; 10 am – 1 pm
Wood County Fairgrounds, Champion Building, 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402
*Pre-Sale exclusively for Friends of the Parks Members: Friday, May 12, 2023; 10 am – 1 pm
Memberships will be available for purchase at the door. At the pre-sale, membership will be required to purchase plants. 

Local genome native forbs, grasses, and shrubs are grown in the native plant greenhouses at the J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve.

Forbs, and grasses are $5 each.

Shrubs are $10 each.

Native Plant Sale 



We’re Hiring

We are hiring seasonal, internship, and part-time positions. Work in the great outdoors this summer.

Flexible hours. 17+ years old. $13+ per hour.

Job Descriptions 



Backpacking Basics


Be prepared for your next backpacking adventure!

Wednesday; 6:30 – 8 pm
May 10: Planning & Navigation

Designed for the aspiring backpacker, this series seeks to empower beginners with knowledge and confidence to embark on their first backpacking adventures. Choosing gear can be a daunting task, but knowing what to look for and why can help filter selections. We’ll cover packs, footwear, clothing and specialty items for safety and convenience.



WILD LIGHTS 2023

Wild Lights Workshop: January 11; 4 – 7 pm
Adopt a station and decorate it with lights. This is a great team-building activity for offices and groups. It is free to enter and there are cash prizes.

Wild Lights Weekend: January 11 – 15; 5 – 8 pm
Visit the park during extended hours to see the illuminated displays, and vote for your favorite. Warm up with hot chocolate inside the nature center.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg

WILD LIGHTS DETAILS



Basecamp Stories

 

Learn from local adventurers as they share their stories, tips, and triumphs.
Basecamp Stories are is an indoor educational program series held every other Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551. Each presentation is free, and registration is required for each. Hosted by program naturalist and adventure specialist, Craig Spicer.

Learn more & Register

Thursday, December 8
Base Camp Stories: “There’s nothing to do here;” Raising Ohio Adventure Awareness – Paul Fuzinski

Thursday, December 22
Base Camp Stories: Biking the Pacific Coast for MS – Mike Armstrong



Heritage Holiday

Saturday, December 10; 1 – 4 pm

Join us for old fashioned festive fun on the farm with cookie decorating, holiday crafts, player piano carols, warm wassail, and good cheer!
This free community event is open to all. Activities will take place in the farmhouse, the farrowing house, and in the Zimmerman one-room schoolhouse.

Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402



Thanksgiving Food Drive

Generous community members donated non-perishable food, baby supplies, and personal hygiene items to Wood County Park District locations and we donated the items to the Brown Bag Food Project of Wood County. The food drive was from November 12 – 19, 2022.



Habitat Heroes

Habitat Heroes is a volunteer event to restore wildlife habitat through land management practice of removing invasive species.

On Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 9:00 am – 12 noon at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, we will be removing the invasive woody plant species Buckthorn from sections of the preserve. We hope you can join us!

Register for Habitat Heroes

 



Masked Hero Geochase: Triple Threat

This self-guided interactive adventure is back. Use a smartphone to decipher clues and navigate the park. Learn about being a good steward to nature to defeat the nature villains. Register to be emailed the starting clues, or watch our social media for details.

The third edition of this self-guided interactive adventure through the parks utilizes a smartphone to decipher clues and win the geochase! Defeat the villains by learning to be a good steward of nature and implementing safety in outdoor recreation. Register to be emailed the starting clues, or watch our social media for details.

Black Swamp Preserve, Sawyer Quarry Preserve, and Cedar Creeks Preserve

Register Here

Learn more about the Masked Hero Geochase here.

 



Hiking Challenge

September through October 2022

1. Pick up or print a Hiking Challenge Passport.
2. Log the distance(s) and date(s) of your park visits.
3. Redeem your passport at Park District Headquarters for a code for a Bradner Preserve shirt. *The first 20 people to redeem their passports will receive a free shirt!

This is not a contest of distance, but a fun way to get into nature and have moderate exercise to each of our own abilities. We hope you participate and enjoy the Hiking Challenge.

 

 

Find a Hiking Challenge Passport here.

More info about the Hiking Challenge



The Friends of the Parks Birdseed Sale

Just as the last two years, we are going to do our Birdseed Sale through Mid-Wood.  Below you will see the link to both the letter with information, as well as the link to the order form.

Orders with payment are due to WC Parks Headquarters by Wednesday, September 28th, 2022.  Then, on Saturday, October 8th, 2022, you will pick up your birdseed at Mid-Wood, Inc., in Bowling Green between 10 am and noon.

Access the letter from the Friends here.

Access the order form here.



2022 Scarecrow Contest

Register for this friendly contest that is a fall tradition. Create a scarecrow during the Workshop at Carter Historic Farm on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Enter by September 26. Participants can be individuals, office group, service organization, family, or anyone who wants to join in on the fun. Scarecrows will be judged and winners announced at the Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 1, 2022. It is free to enter. Cash prizes are provided by sponsors.

Register Here

Scarecrow Contest Flyer

Rules & Regulations

Prizes:

1st place: $150

2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50
16 & Under Winner: $50
Online People’s Choice: $25

Entries will be judged on originality, design, color, creativity, and outdoor durability. Thank you to our prize sponsors:

 

 

 

 

Thank you for all the community support throughout the years. Be sure to attend the Heritage Farm Fest event on October 1 to see the completed scarecrows and vote for your favorite.



Fall Plant Sale

Purchase quality native plants for your garden. Woody shrubs and fall-flowering plants will be available for purchase at the Carter Historic Farm on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 9 am – noon. These native plants are grown by the Stewardship Department of the Wood County Park District as part of the native plant program which is the heart of the Park District’s environmental conservation efforts. Native plants have long root systems and can create drought-resistant and flood-resistant areas, sequester carbon, filter runoff, replenish soil nutrients, and are habitat for pollinators. Parking and entrance are free.

Woody shrubs are $10 each and native shrubs are $5 each. Cash and check are accepted. Plants are available first-come, first-served.



Heritage Farm Fest

Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 1 from 11 am until 3 pm at Carter Historic Farm

Saturday, October 1, 2022; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
At Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Join us on the farm for great food from the farm, wagon rides, games, live music, hands-on heritage activities, Power of Yesteryear Demonstrations, and much more.

Heritage Farm Fest

This event is open to all. Parking, entrance, and all activities are free. Lunch is available for all.

Carter Historic Farm is a working farm and living history center interpreted to the Depression era. Programs in cultural heritage, sustainable agriculture, and traditional life skills are taught. The farm buildings are open weekly Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 -4 pm. The farm grounds are open daily from 8:00 am – 30 minutes past sunset.

General donations to the farm are welcome.



Paddle the Pond

2022: Paddle the Pond with us on the 2nd and 4th Mondays in June through August from 4:00 – 7:30 pm at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551. This is a free, drop-in paddling program.

August 22 is the last date for Paddle the Pond

All equipment and instruction are provided. This is a great opportunity for those who are new to paddling.


Folklore & Funfest

For 29 years, the Wood County Park District held an annual community event called Folklore & Funfest held at the Wood County Museum. Heritage activities and nocturnal nature education were popular at this Halloween-themed event enjoyed by over 3,000 people each year. This event has been discontinued, but we will treasure these community memories.

horse-drawn carriage rides facepainting scarecrow guests in costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Pigs for Sale

The pigs at the Carter Historic Farm have been humanely and holistically raised. They will be processed locally at the end of September. Add your contact info (to the form in the link)
if you are interested in purchasing a whole or a half pig. There are two pigs available. If there is more interest than supply, we will hold a raffle. Purchased pork will need to be picked up by the buyers in Ottawa, OH. The price per pound of hanging weight is $1.50 (not including processing costs).

Pig Interest List



Wood County Park District Receives Statewide Award

The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has announced its 2021 Annual Awards of Excellence winners. The winning projects, programs, and events speak to the tremendous work achieved by parks and recreation professionals around Ohio during the pandemic. Throughout the state, more than 125 programs and projects were nominated. Twelve different departments won first place awards. In all, 27 different agencies have been recognized with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place awards. The awards were judged by a panel of 40 parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio. The Wood County Park District won second place in Category 12: Recreation Programs & Events for our Geochase program.
Themed to superheroes protecting nature, the open activity encouraged participants to visit parks and accomplish the Geochase to become a Masked Hero.
The Geochase program was designed to engage participants through storytelling, humor, and to challenge them to learn about the protection of our natural resources.
Videos of nature “villains” polluting or destroying nature added a dynamic aspect to the program. The villains each had their own theme (e.g., Colonel Garlic Mustard, Professor Pollute) and sewed mischief and mayhem in a specific park. Once at the park, the Geochase participants were tasked with solving natural resource-based puzzles, scanning codes leading to videos of villains, and utilizing geospatial coordinates to find specific clue locations defeat the villains.
The Masked Hero Geochase was an engaging program open for the entire community to enjoy.


2021 Annual Report

The Wood County Park District had a busy year working to serve our communities.

2021 Annual Report

Text version of the Annual Report.



image of Park Director Chris SmalleyWelcome!

New Director Chris Smalley

Welcome to the new Director, Christopher Smalley.
Chris worked for the Wood County Parks District for 10 years and then broadened his skills, experience, and knowledge at the Toledo Metroparks for eleven years prior to returning once again to Wood County.
We are grateful to have Chris’s leadership and dedication for the park district.


Photo Exhibit

April 1 – April 7, 2022; 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
See the beauty of Wood County at the photo exhibit. Photos entered into the Friends of the Parks photo contest are printed and framed on display at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve in the Hankison Great Room.

Photo Exhibit Reception Thursday, April 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Light refreshments will be served, and photos will be available for purchase.



Spring Nature Bingo

Spring Nature Bingo graphics     

Explore and observe nature with spring nature bingo. Color in the things you find. If you get 5 in a row, column, or diagonal, then you win. Click here for a printable version.



Kayak Demo Day

Sunday, June 5, 2022; 11 am – 3 pm
Three Meadows Pond, 700 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg
Thinking about getting into kayaking this paddling season? Come to the pond anytime between 11 am and 3 pm to try out kayaks of all shapes and sizes! Experienced local kayakers and kayaking instructors will be on hand to answer any questions, point out differences between boat types and features, outfit you with PFDs and paddles, and educate you on all things safe-kayaking. All participants must sign a release of liability at the event before being allowed to kayak. Must be 11 years of age or older to kayak; legal guardian must be present. FREE! No sales available at the event. Kayaking programs made possible by ODNR Division of Watercraft. No registration is needed. Bring your family and friends.

Park District Plans Spring Burn

Wood County Park District stewardship department is planning to conduct prescribed fires in several park properties this spring. The locations of these burns may be in Bradner Preserve, Rudolph Savanna Area, Cricket Frog Cove, and Sawyer Quarry Preserve. The exact timing of the fires will be determined by weather factors to ensure the most effective and safe conditions, including smoke mitigation.

All of our prescribed fire practices are conducted under waiver through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, notification of the Ohio EPA, as well as, direct supervision by an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Local fire departments for each site are aware of these plans and will be directly notified at least 24 hours before the fire and also on the day of the fire by our fire manager.

The purpose of the fires is for the benefit of the natural areas and native ecosystems. All fire management is completed with best management practices.

Call 419-353-1897 with any questions directly involving our prescribed fire practices.

For park district information, call (419) 353-1897, or visit wcparks.org.


Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Plants $5
Shrubs $10

For a list of plants & more information, click here.

Native Plant Sale graphic. Text repeated on page.
*Bonus sale for Friends members only: Friday, May 6 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

The Friends of the Parks invite you to become a member and support the parks.

Become a Friends Member

Learn more about the Friends of the Parks HERE.



Rudolph Bike Park

14038 Mermill Road, Rudolph, OH

See the latest updates with the Rudolph Bike Park here.

With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone.

Buttonwood Recreation Area was closed for two years due to ice damage.

Warning! Buttonwood Recreation Area is CLOSED until further notice. It has suffered extensive damage from ice shoves and flooding and is currently unsafe, so the park is closed. Thank you for your understanding!

ice damage at Buttonwood

Buttonwood (Betty C. Black) Recreation Area is located along the Maumee River at
27174 Hull Prairie Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.



Find nature & adventure with the wcparks app.

 

 

The app has helpful park navigation, maps, program listings, and fun extras.

 

 

 

Stay in-the-know with the ‘wcparks’ app. We wont send you push notifications and you don’t need to create an account. Just good info when you’re looking for it.

 

 


Pop-up Snowshoeing

image of people wearing snowshoes. Only the feet are shown.

Add your name to the pop-up program interest list.
When the weather conditions are right, we’ll go for a wintery hike.

Sign up

Snowshoes are sized by the weight they distribute, not the shoe size. Snowshoes are available for weights between 60 and 250 pounds.

 


Sleigh Rides

Sleigh Rides this Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 at Carter Historic Farm. Stop in anytime between 10 am and 3 pm for a sleigh ride through the snow pulled by a 1930s tractor. The ride lasts 9-12 minutes going to the woodlot and back.
Jingle bells are optional. No registration is needed. The sleigh rides are free and open to all.

Wild Lights

Wild Lights graphic. Words repeated in text.There are two ways to experience the brightest night in January. Register to decorate one of the ten 3-D animal display stations for the Wild Lights Workshop on January 5; 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Register for Wild Lights Workshop

Wild Lights Rules

 

Stroll the magical twinkling forest during Wild Lights Weekend January 7-9, 2022 from 5 – 8 pm.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

 


 

Base Camp Local Adventurer speaker series. Please register for these educational programs.

Base Camp Stories: Local Adventurer Speaker Series

W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd, Perrysburg

Base Camp Stories:
A Climber’s Journey through Life

Thursday, December 2, 2021; 7 – 8:30 pm

Professional climbing guide Ben Waggoner has climbed all over the country. When it comes to life’s figurative obstacles, Ben has leaned on climbing to summit them as well. Join Ben as he covers the different types of climbing, shares highlights of his climbing adventures and conveys how the sport is analogous to life.

Fort to Port: An Adventure
on the Maumee River 

Thursday, December 16, 2021; 7 – 8:30 pm

In 2019, four bold kayakers embarked to thru-paddle the entire 137 miles of the Maumee River in four days. Half of the expedition members, Wood County Parks senior naturalist Bill Hoefflin and Metroparks Toledo outdoor skills specialist Amanda Domalski, share stories and visuals from their adventure.

Base Camp Local Adventurer speaker series. Please register for these educational programs.

Base Camp Stories: Local Adventurer Speaker Series

W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd, Perrysburg

Base Camp Stories:
An Introduction to Boondocking

Thursday, January 27, 2022; 7 – 8:30 pm

Car camping is one thing, but car camping without connection to water, sewer, or electricity and outside of a designated campground is a rewarding adventure like no other. Join Craig and Heather Spicer as they share their planning, logistics, evolution of their rig, and lessons learned along the way from Utah to Maine.

 

Base Camp Stories: How to Spot the Great Grey Owl – Jim Witter 
Thursday, February 3, 2022; 7 – 8:30 pm

A 2nd Grade report on the Belted Kingfisher changed it all for Wood County Park’s Program Coordinator, Jim Witter. Join Jim as he regales in stories of his birding adventures in the U.P. and shares birding wisdom to use on your next outdoor experience. In order to protect the health and wellness of program staff and participants, the park district board of commissioners requires that masks be worn when inside public spaces of park facilities.


Heritage Holiday Saturday, December 11, 2021.from 1 - 4 pm. Carter Historic Farm, Bowling Green

Heritage Holiday

Saturday, December 11, 2021; 1 – 4 pm
Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

A festive celebration of our cultural heritage with activities, crafts, wagon rides, and wassail. Make holiday memories down on the farm.


Autumn Nature Bingo

Nature Bingo Fun.

Download .pdf here.


Bring non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items to Carter Historic Farm and we will deliver to the Brown Bag Food Project in Bowling Green

Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 13 – 20, 2021

Bring non-perishable items to park locations for donation to the Brown Bag Food Project in BG.
Delivery locations: Otsego Park, Carter Historic Farm, Park District Headquarters, and W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

*Look for the delivery bin by the entrance/kiosks. Accepted items: non-perishable food items, baby items, hygiene items (e.g. soap,
deodorant), and pet food/supplies. For a complete list, visit www.brownbagfoodproject.org


The Masked Hero Geochase returns October 10 - 31, 2021.

The nature villains are back, and more diabolical than ever in their effort to ruin the parks! Using your smartphone “chase” our virtual villains by traveling from one coordinate clue to the next within the park, eventually leading to your success and an opportunity for a prize! Complete all three for a special reward. Register for direct information on starting clues or simply stay connected to our social media platforms. Share your adventure by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram with photos of your masked hero. Registration not necessary to participate. Complete on your own time within the open date window for each park’s GeoChase course.

 

October 10 – 17, 2021 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH

October 17 – 24, 2021 at Otsego Park, 20000 W River Road, Bowling Green, OH

October 24 – 31, 2021 at Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood, OH

Good luck, Geochasers!

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Scarecrow Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the participants. The scarecrows were all awesome, they added to the Heritage Farm Fest event where everyone loved them.

Winners:

1st The Ramm Family

2nd Alexis Klassen & Associates DDS, LLC

3rd Theo, Mariah, and Keanu Madaras

Under 16 1st: Girl Scout Troop 10466

Under 16 runner-up: Ian Gray-Luring


Park District Plans Fall Prescribed Fire

Wood County Park District stewardship department is planning to conduct prescribed fires in several park properties this fall. The locations of these burns may be in Bradner Preserve, Rudolph Savanna Area, and Cricket Frog Cove. The exact timing of the fires will be determined by weather factors to ensure the most effective and safe conditions, including smoke mitigation.

All of our prescribed fire practices are conducted under waiver through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, notification of the Ohio EPA, as well as, direct supervision by an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Local fire departments for each site are aware of these plans and will be directly notified at least 24 hours before the fire and also on the day of the fire by our fire manager.

The purpose of the fires is for the benefit of the natural areas and native ecosystems. All fire management is completed with best management practices. The public is advised to stay clear away active burn sites.

Please call 419-575-7339, or email alowien@wcparks.org,  with any questions directly involving wcparks prescribed fire practices. For general Wood County Park District questions, 419-353-1897 wcparks.org


Fall Plant Sale

Native plants will be available for purchase at the Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 3 – 7 pm.

FALL PLANT SALE PLANTS 2021

The numbers are the number of plants available for sale.

1.    Elderberry (20)

2.    Common Milkweed (30)

3.    Butterfly Milkweed (30)

4.    Virginia Mountain Mint (30)

5.    Hairy Mountain Mint (30)

6.    Penstemon (30)

7.    Prickly Pear cactus (30)

8.    Bergamot (30)

9.    Blue Lobelia (30)

10.Wild Columbine (30)

11.Brown eyed Susan (30)

12.Ohio Spiderwort (30)

13.Ridell’s Goldenrod (30)

14.Boneset (30)


20th annual Scarecrow Contest & Workshop

Join in the tradition of this lighthearted autumn competition! Use our materials at the Workshop, or build your scarecrow at home. Enter by September 27, 2021. Enter Here.

Rules & Regulations here.

Workshop & Set-up: Friday, October 1.
Winners announced at Heritage Farm Fest, a free community event on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Cash Prizes: 1st place: $150
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50
16 & Under Winner: $50
16 & Under Runner-up: $25

Thank you to our cash prize sponsors:

         


 

  • Water fountains are back open. 6/5/2021

Bring your own reusable water bottle. Hydrate and be well.


Adam Phillips Pond is now open. 7/12/2021

Native Plant Sale

For 2021, the Wood County Park District and Friends of the Parks will not conduct their own sale. We are participating in and supporting other native plant sales for the Lucas County Soil & Water and The Green Ribbon Initiative’s Blue Week Sale.

Oak Openings Region Blue Week, May 10-16, 2021

Online Native Plant Sale pre-order May 1-15, 2021

Plant pick-up May 22 and 23, 2021 from the Blue Creek Seed Nursery.  Oak Openings Blue Week Details Here.

Blue Week programs: Oak Openings Region Blue Week Nature Hike on 5/11/21 at Bradner Preserve

AND

Lucas County Sale: Pre-order Here by May 17, 2021

Pick-up: Friday, May 21, 2021 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street, Maumee, OH (Please use the south entrance near the railroad tracks.)
Find the event flyer here.


Nature Quest

Nature Quest

 

Nature Quest is a series of self-guided activities. Think of an escape room without the claustrophobia.  Each new Quest is based on a different level of puzzle difficulty.  Solve the logic puzzles that lead from one clue to the next and you’ll win the Quest.

Nature Quest II: Virtual Escape Room.
Click here for an online puzzle-based logic challenge.

 


2020 Photo Contest

 

 

The 6th annual Friends of the Parks Photo Contest is happening now.

Let your inner nature photographer out.

  • Photos taken at Wood County Park District properties
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Enter by November  30, 2020
  • Entries printed and framed in a gallery exhibition

Prospectus Here

 


 

  • Park District Main Office is now open to the public. 4/19/2021

Earth Day T-shirt Fundraiser

Order online by April 30, 2021. T-shirts shipped to you by May 14, 2021. (Thank you to everyone who ordered!)


Earth Day Upcycle Contests

Create something new from something otherwise thrown away or recycled. Winners will receive a free Earth Day shirt available for online purchase in April. This is a Carter Historic Farm program. Press Release. Flyer.

Kids and adult contests:
1 ) Register at wcparks.org by April 1
2) Receive instructions and create
3) Email photos by April 15


Christmas Tree recycling locations repeated in text Recycle your Christmas Tree.

December 26 through January 31, 2021

Remove all decorations and bring your tree to one of these park locations for us to recycle (click on the park name for directions):

Park District Headquarters in Bowling Green, Ohio

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve in Perrysburg, Ohio

William Henry Harrison Park in Pemberville, Ohio

Slippery Elm Trail in North Baltimore, Ohio

Otsego Park in Bowling Green, Ohio

Also, if you need a tree for fish structure in a pond, you are welcome to take one from the pile of tree to be recycled.


Rudolph Bike Park sweatshirts

image of sweatshirt options

Sweatshirts are available to preorder online until December 6. Order here. These are super soft and high-quality sweatshirts. Proceeds will support bike park programs.

Ready-made sweatshirts are currently available for sale at two local bicycle shops: Spoke Life Cycles and Stout Cyclery.

 


 

Wild Lights Logo of Christmas Lights wrapped around antlers

Wild Lights

Enjoy a walk in the woods to see illuminated 3D foam animal displays. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve in Perrysburg will be open after hours for the displays to be visible at night.

January 8 – 10, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 PM

This Wild Lights Decorating Contest Winners: 1st place Downey Family, 2nd place Girl Scout Troop 11582, 3rd place Bunny Builders. Thank you to all the participants. Thank you to the Friends of the Parks for their generous donation for the contest cash prizes.


Masked Hero Geochase 2020

Experience a self-guided geocaching adventure October 5-31.

 

How to participate: Check our social media each Monday in October to find a new video about the Geochase and the villain at each park. Bring your smartphone/GPS with you for an outdoor excursion to solve the clues, defeat the villain, and win the Geochase!

October 19-25; Cedar Creeks Preserve

October 5-11; W.W. Knight Nature Preserve

October 12-18; Bradner Preserve


October 19-25; Cedar Creeks Preserve


October 26-31; Sawyer Quarry Preserve

No registration is needed to participate in this free, self-guided program. *All GeoChases are up through October 31st.

Accomplish the Sawyer Geochase for prizes.
Everyone who participated in all four Masked Hero Geocahse adventures will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket. Watch the live raffle drawing on our Facebook page on November 5, 2020 at 12:00 noon.

 


Autumn Nature Bingo

Autumn Nature Bingo
Download and print the Autumn Nature Bingo. While out in the parks, think about what you hear and smell. How many colors can you find? Can you find something purple, red, orange, yellow, light green, dark green, and brown?


Scarecrow Contest 2020

Community members created 19 scarecrows for the 19th annual Scarecrow Contest. Watch this video about the entries and the winners.

While at home, with a little straw and some imagination, make your creation “come to life.” Once completed, bring your finished creation to be put on display to celebrate the season.

Prizes
1st prize: $100 sponsored by Robert K. Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.
2nd prize: $50 sponsored by Kathrens Insurance Agency
3rd prize: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions

16 & under: $25 sponsored by Grounds for Thought


Nature Quest

Nature Quest

Nature Quest

 

Nature Quest is a series of self-guided activities. Think of an escape room without the claustrophobia.  Each new Quest is based on a different level of puzzle difficulty.  Solve the logic puzzles that lead from one clue to the next and you’ll win the Quest.

Nature Quest I: Multi-park Tour

Nature Quest II: Virtual Escape Room.
Click here for an online puzzle-based logic challenge.

Nature Quest III: Sawyer Adventure

This self-guided adventure has concluded. Thank you to all the participants!

Carter Historic Farm

Summer

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

Produce grown on the Farm is being donated to local food panty the Brown Bag Food Project. Great things are happening at Carter Historic Farm.


Turtle Time


Aquatic vs. Terrestrial


Diet & Resources

Download the .pdf of the Turtle Time resource scavenger hunt.


The Shell

image of coloring activity

Print this standing turtle activity. Color, cut, and fold to create a standing turtle. For all ages. No really, you’re not too old.

Download the turtle .pdf.


Camouflage


Backyard Naturalist


Insects of summer


Monarch butterfly release


Birds


Native Plants


Why do some trees hang onto their leaves?


Vermicomposting


Lichen


Fun from the Farm

Looking for something fun to do? Check out these fun and educational activities from the Carter Historic Farm.

image of craft in process
Black Swamp History


One Room School


Carter Historic Farm History Class


Great Depression Activities


Fruit and Veggie Activity

Chicken Activity

Sheep Facts Sheet and Craft

Goat Activity


Barn Cat Activity


Skits for Snake


Mimicry


Vision


“Fox” Snake?


Food


Camouflage


Smelling


Ecopsychology


Part I


Part II


Part III


Nature Bingo

Download and print Spring Nature Bingo for your next outdoor experience.

Nature Bingo encourages us to focus on the nature all around us. You can play in your backyard, on a walk around the neighborhood, and in a park. If you print nature bingo, printing on the back of used paper is a go-green idea, and this version is designed to use less printer ink. #lovenature



Evening on the Portage


Springtime in a Vernal Pool


Wind through White Pine

 


Bird Song Opera (from ShakeUp Sound Design)


Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorships 

Rudolph Bike Park

14038 Mermill Road, Rudolph, OH

See the latest updates with the Rudolph Bike Park here.

With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone. Be a part of this exciting community project.

Click here for a Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorship Package.

 

 

 

In a public survey of Wood County residents with over 2,000 respondents, 43.48% of people requested more bike trails & increased access, with 55% of those respondents requesting non-traditional biking opportunities. The Rudolph Bike Park directly meets community needs. The park will attract cyclists of all ages from all around the region, as it will be directly accessible from the 13.1-mile Slippery Elm Trail bike path. The Slippery Elm Trail has an average of 275 users per day. The Bike Park will have a picnic shelter, 3 pump tracks for all ages and skill levels, and a mountain bike skills loop. The parking lot is being paid for by the Wood County Park District. 100% of your donation will go toward creating this community wellness and adventure park. The park will be free and open to the public every day of the year from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Positive recognition for your sponsorship will be far-reaching and long-lasting.

Make check payable to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Email jsands @wcparks.org with sponsorship questions.


Land Management

The Stewardship Department is hard at work maintaining, cultivating, and improving natural areas.

Current activities include: cutting back garden displays, mowing, invasive species control, growing plants at the Native Plant Nursery at Reuthinger, and preparing for clearing out the greenhouse to propagate plants throughout the parks.

Recent accomplishments: planted buffers of trees at Cedar Creeks Preserve and Baldwin Woods, planted fruit trees at Carter Historic Farm, planted vegetable garden at Carter Historic Farm, seeded new wetland at Reuthinger Preserve with native plant seeds, and grew thousands of native plant seedlings.

 


2020 Passport to the Parks

image of the passport to the parks cover.Passport to the Parks

  1. Pick up a passport from a park kiosk.
  2. Attend Programs for stamps
  3. Redeem your prizes for 10 (Campfire Mug) and 20 stamps (tee-shirt) at the Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road,  Bowling Green, OH 43402. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Click here to print a passport.

 

 

 

 

 


Carter Historic Farm Wetland Restoration Project

The Wood County Park District and the Black Swamp Conservancy worked together to restore twenty acres of wetland and prairie at the Carter Historic Farm. Wetlands are important to our natural environment because they filter out pollutants in runoff from the farm fields before it reaches the Lake Erie watershed, provide habitat for wildlife, and create drought and flood resistant areas with the native plants used.

Sixteen acres have been converted to wetland and four acres restored to upland prairie with walking trails along the berms. This is an important conservation effort that yields, educational interpretation opportunities.

Sally and Lyle Loomis,  donated the Carter Historic Farm property. The wetland restoration was part of their wishes for the use of the donated land and specifically wished this restoration to take place.


Arrowwood Archery Range


Arrowwood Archery Range on Linwood Road in Bowling Green, Ohio is free and open to the public everyday from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Select programming can occupy the space, so check the program listing for details.

 

 

 

 

 


Previous Park Updates related to Covid-19

April 20, 2020
The Wood County Park District Parks and Preserves are Open from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed. Restrooms are open.

During the State stay-at-home order, park access is considered essential services. All park properties are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed.

All Wood County Park District buildings are closed. Restrooms are open.

Please observe 6-10 feet of social distancing. Call out to people before you pass them. Be well.

Buttonwood Recreation Area is closed. Access to the Maumee River via Hull Prairie Road is open.

All facility rentals and public programs (including the Native Plant Sale) are cancelled through May 18, 2020. At that time, the situation will be further accessed. All refunds have been issued and will be sent by mail. The administrative offices at Park District Headquarters are closed.

All community members are advised to follow public health guidelines. Social distancing, staying at home, and proper hand-washing are being advised. For disease and health information, please contact the Wood County Health Department, The Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.

May 2021:

  • *Facility Rentals for W.W. Knight and Otsego Park can be made with reduced occupancy. Fill out this supplemental agreement and to email kstrong at wcparks.org. Facility rental dates start in May.
  • June 2021: Facilities open again without covid restrictions.

Folklore & Funfest is a family-friendly Halloween tradition.

Enjoy nocturnal nature, spooky trail, crafts, s’mores, horse-drawn carriage rides, apple cider, games in Booville, and live music.
Costumes are encouraged.

Food will be available for purchase. Parking, entrance, and all activities are free and open to the public.

Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green

Scarecrow Contest and Workshop: Straw, string and support pole are provided. Free to enter. Scarecrows are displayed at the annual Folklore & Funfest.

Scarecrow Contest prizes:
1st $100
2nd $50
3rd$25
kids$25

Workshop location: Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green