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



 Calendar Sale



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

Graphic of the Photo Contest details. All info in text on page.

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.

Click here for the Photo Contest Prospectus 

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.

Commemorative Trail brick

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

Click here for a brick order form.



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

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


2019 Officers

President – Nancy Wenning – Bowling Green

Vice President – Ranaye McLaughlin – Northwood

Secretary – Stephanie Nesper – Perrysburg

Treasurer – Gloria Box – Grand Rapids

Current Trustees

Laura Arnold——————————-Perrysburg

Katie Boss————————————-Northwood

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

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

2019 Minutes

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2018 Minutes

November 2018

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April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018