big blue stem native grass at cricket frog coveThe Wood County Park District is a natural resources conservation agency with 20 parks and nature preserves. WC Parks manages natural areas with prescribed burns, native plant propagation, invasive species removal, pollinator gardens, and wildlife habitat protection and restoration.

The Stewardship Department oversees the land management of the natural areas of the Wood County Park District.  Land management includes things like removing invasive species, prescribed burns and planting native plants.


New Event: Habitat Heroes graphic of hero squirrel

On November 17th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, we will be removing invasive plant species (buckthorn) from the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. These efforts are part of wildlife habitat restoration in conjunction with our Native Plant program.

Thank you Super Heroes!

These sponsors have made this event possible:

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Wild Ones Toledo

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The Blade


Please support these awesome organization who are dedicating resources toward our natural environment.


Volunteers at Habitat Heroes receive a t-shirt, mug and lunch. There is a naturalist-led nature walk following lunch. We appreciate all of our habitat heroes and their dedication to being good stewards of our natural environment.

Native Plant Program

The Native Plant Program at the Wood County Park District encompasses every aspect of growing native plants from collecting seed to planting the plants in our parks and preserves. In 2008, the Friends of the Wood County Park District donated a greenhouse enabling the Park District to propagate native plant species on site for the first time.  The native seed nursery is also located at the Reuthinger Preserve where beds of native plants are maintained for the purpose of collecting seeds.  This minimizes the impact of collecting seeds from natural areas in the county.  Volunteers are an essential part of the Native Plant Program.


Volunteers help collect seed as well as transplant seedlings in the greenhouse.

Volunteer with us in our Native Seed Nursery and Greenhouse or out in the parks. Do good and feel good!

Visit our Volunteer page for more information on how you can help conserve the Wood County Parks.

The Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is organized by the Wood County Park District. More information about the 2018 program is coming soon.

For more information about the Stewardship Department, please contact the Reuthinger Preserve: (419) 661-5113. Please note that the stewardship team is frequently in the field and will likely not be able to take you call. If you want to speak to someone, please call the Park District Headquaters: (419) 353-1897. Thank you!

The Wood County Park District is a proud member of the Green Ribbon Initiative. The video links below showcase the initiative purpose and progress.

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