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:
- 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:
Friends of the Parks Photo Contest
Landscapes, Wildlife, and Plants.
Photos taken at Wood County Park District properties in 2019 are eligible. There is a $5 entry fee to enter 5 photos. Friends of the Parks members can submit up to 10 photos for the $5 fee.
The photography exhibit runs from April 6 – April 24, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Four Corners Center, 130 South Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Please join us at the Photo Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, April 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to meet the photographers, Friends members, and enjoy light refreshments.
We would like to thank Main Street Photo of Bowling Green for their sponsorship of our Photo Contest.
2018 Contest Winners:
1st Place: Michelle Elson, “First Snow Dust”
2nd Place: Tony Everhardt, “Pond”
3rd Place: Jamison Moosman, “Sunset at Boyd Shelterhouse in Fall”
1st Place: Tony Everhardt, “Chicken of the Woods”
2nd Place: Katie Boss, “Autumn & Winter Converge”
3rd Place: Ranaye McLaughlin, “Warm Summer Garden”
1st Place : Kelly Chalfant, “Dragonfly 2”
2nd Place: Greg Predmore, “Eastern Bluebird”
3rd Place: Ranaye McLaughlin, “Swallowtail”
Landscape: Michelle Elson, “First Day of Harvest”
Plant Life: Tony Everhardt, “Chicken of the Woods”
Wildlife: Julie Heitz, “Little Cottontail”
Commemorative Trail: A quality way to acknowledge milestones and loved ones.
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
Plant Sale/Native Plant Sale
30th Annual Plant Sale! Click here for an order form for annual garden plants. Order annual garden plants by May 1st.
The Native Plant Sale is the same day as the annual flower pick-up on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
The Native Plant Sale will have over 40 varieties of native plants that are perfect for pollinators. native-plant-sale-flyer
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
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!
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
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
President – Ranaye McLaughlin – Northwood
Vice Pres. – Elizabeth Raker PhD – Perrysburg
Secretary – Nancy Wenning – Bowling Green
Treasurer – Gloria Box – Grand Rapids
Cathy Bazeley————————– Bowling Green
Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids
Virginia (Ginny) Dean—————- Waterville
Bill Hale———————————– Haskins
Dr. Rosalind (Roz) Hammond——-Perrysburg
Jill Konst———————————- Millbury
Ranaye McLaughlin—————— Northwood
Debbie Newlove————————Bowling Green
Elizabeth Raker PhD—————– Perrysburg
Candace Weis——————— Bowling Green
Donna Wagner———————Bowling Green
Nancy Wenning——————- Bowling Green
Dorothea Barker – Bowling Green
Marsha Broadright – Bowling Green
Walter Krueger – Perrysburg
Martha and Dick Kudner – Perrysburg