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
General Membership Meeting
Sunday, October 6th, 1:00 pm, at Otsego Park
Our Fall Membership Meeting will be a presentation on the Geologic History of Ohio, presented by Dale Gnidovec, the Collections Manager and Curator of Horton Geological Museum, School of Earth Sciences, at The Ohio State University. Dale has been the Collections Manager for 30 years, and now Curator, where he cares for over 54,000 of rocks, minerals, and fossils. Join us for a lunch (donation requested) and presentation!
Please make a reservation by calling the Wood County Parks Office by Thursday noon, October 3rd, at 419-353-1897 or 1-800-321-1897.
The Friends of the Parks are selling an 18-month calendar featuring pictures from our 2018 Photo Contest. Proceeds go to educating and involving our community. Please pick up your calendars today at Park Headquarters or our sponsor, Main Street Photo!
Friends of the Parks Photo Contest
Categories: 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.
Thank you to Main Street Photo of Bowling Green for their sponsorship.
Birdseed, Bulbs, and Mums Sale is a fundraiser held annually each fall.
The Friends of the Parks Plant Sale is a fundraiser held annually each spring. Annual plants are pre-ordered; native plants are also sold the day of pick-up.
Commemorative Trail: A quality way to acknowledge milestones and loved ones.
Purchase a milestone:
4″x 8″ brick with 3 lines of text for $100
8″ x 8″ brick with 5 lines of text for $125
Donate today – every dollar helps the parks!
Choose a category for your donation: Flora & Fauna, Bricks & Mortar, Education & Programs, and Endowment Fund.
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
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 – Nancy Wenning – Bowling Green
Vice President – Ranaye McLaughlin – Northwood
Secretary – Stephanie Nesper – Perrysburg
Treasurer – Gloria Box – Grand Rapids
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
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