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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 the parks by:

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  • organizing and staffing special programs and events
  • assisting with educational and interpretive programs
  • promoting the preservation and development of natural park areas
  • increasing public awareness about legislation and issues that affect our parks



Events and Projects:

2018 Photo Contest: Enter photos taken at Wood County Park District properties by November 30, 2018.  Photos need to fall into one of the three categories of landscape, wildlife, and/or plant life. Prospectus and entry agreement here.

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We would like to thank Main Street Photo of Bowling Green for their sponsorship of our Photo Contest.


Contest Rules:

PROSPECTUS – 4th Annual Friends of the Wood County Parks Photo Contest      18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402 | (419) 353-1897 |


Dates: now  – November 30, 2018


Categories:  Wildlife | Plant life | Landscape


Photo Release: It is the photographer/artist’s responsibility (if taking pictures of people in the Parks) to have each person (legal guardian for people under 18 years old) sign and date the following statement: By signing this statement, I agree to allow photo/video of me to be used for any Friends of the Parks or Wood County Park District educational or promotional purpose without compensation at any time.


Submission Process:

  • (minimum 300 dpi,) jpg, .bmp, .png, pdf, or .tif file, if available, for promotional publication.
  • A registration agreement (following)  must be signed and submitted with $5 fee along with photo(s).
  • All entries must be clearly marked on back with the following information: contestant’s name, phone number, email, and title of work.
  • Photos can be submitted via email to, or on a CD or flash drive (USB drive) delivered to Park District Headquarters.



  • No Artist name, watermark or other additions may be on the photographs.
  • Photos must have been taken in 2018.
  • Photos must be taken at a Wood County Park property, program, event, or activity.
  • Each Artist may submit up to 5 photos.
  • Photos must be the work of the submitting Artist.


Awards:  Judges’ Pick Ribbon for each category. | Peoples’ Choice Ribbon (Facebook voting) | Best of Show

Photos may be rotated through the parks and used for various media.

Winners will be announced January, 2019

*Signed Prospectus needs to be submitted. Pick up a hard copy from Park District headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, 43402

2019 Friends of the Wood County Parks Calendar: As a fundraiser, we have selected photos from our past photo contests and put them in a beautiful wall calendar to sell for $20.  Proceeds will support park activities.

Calendars are available at the Park District Headquarters Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The calendars are available in limited quantities, and can be bought with cash or check.  Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the Parks.












Commemorative Trail: A quality way to acknowledge milestones and loved ones.

Commemorative Trail brick

Legacy bricks are reasonably priced.

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.


Plant Sale/Native Plant Sale is a pre-order fundraiser held annually each spring.

Birdseed, Bulb & Mums Sale is a pre-order fundraiser held annually each autumn.

Donate today – every dollar helps the parks!

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

Flora & Fauna

Bricks & Mortar


Education & Programs

Endowment Fund

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.


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

25% Discount on canoe rental at Otsego Canoe Livery

Special “Friends Only” naturalist-led programs and tours

“Friends” discounts on public programs and field trips

Volunteer opportunities

Three 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



FRIENDS TRUSTEES–Interested in becoming a trustee?  We are currently seeking members for our board.  Please contact us, by calling us or emailing us, using the information from above.  

2018 Officers

President – Ranaye McLaughlin – Northwood

Vice Pres. – Elizabeth Raker PhD – Perrysburg

Secretary – Nancy Wenning – Bowling Green

Treasurer – Gloria Box – Grand Rapids

Current Trustees

Cathy Bazeley————————– Bowling Green

Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids

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

Sue Frankforther————————Maumee

Bill Hale———————————– Haskins

Dr. Rosalind (Roz) Hammond——-Perrysburg

Jill Konst———————————- Millbury

Ranaye McLaughlin—————— Northwood

Stephanie Nesper———————-Perrysburg

Debbie Newlove————————Bowling Green

Elizabeth Raker PhD—————– Perrysburg

Candace Weis——————— Bowling Green

Donna Wagner———————Bowling Green

Nancy Wenning——————- Bowling Green

Honorary Trustees

Dorothea Barker – Bowling Green

Marsha Broadright – Bowling Green

Walter Krueger – Perrysburg

Martha and Dick Kudner – Perrysburg


2018 Minutes

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017 Minutes

November 2017

September 2017 

August 2017

July 2017

April 2017

February 2017

January 2017