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



The Friends of the Parks are a 501 (c)(3) organizations, and your donation is tax-deductible.
Thank you for supporting the conservation efforts, programming, and opportunities at the Wood County Parks.

5th Annual Friends of the Parks Photo Contest Winners


1st Place: Tony Everhardt, “On Frozen Pond”
2nd Place: William Garrett, “Fall Colors at Otsego”
3rd Place: Tony Everhardt, “Sunburst”

Plant Life

1st Place: Jim Mathews, “White Fuzzy Seed Pod at Bradner”
2nd Place: Greg Predmore, “Jack-in-the-Pulpit Seed Berries”
3rd Place: Jim Mathews, “Purple Flower”


1st Place: Greg Predmore, “Carolina Saddlebags”
2nd Place: Greg Predmore, “Twelve-Spotted Skimmer”
3rd Place: Ranaye McLaughlin, “Monarch”

People’s Choice

Landscape: Kelly Chalfant, “Reflections in Autumn”
Plant Life: Lee Meserve, “Pretty in Pink”
Wildlife: Gaynelle Predmore, “Seamus”

6th Annual Photo Contest

Dates: NOW through November 30, 2020

Categories: Wildlife | Landscape | Plant Life

There is a submission fee of $5 to submit up to 5 photos.  Friends of the Parks members can submit up to 10 photos for the $5 submission fee.  Pay by check made to Friends of the Parks sent to Wood County Park District, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH  43402.  Please add “Photo Contest” to the memo line.

A registration agreement must be signed and submitted along with photo(s).  This agreement and rules can be found here, as well as by clicking on the Photo Contest graphic.





A thank you to Main Street Photo for sponsoring our contest and Exhibit!

The Friends of the Parks Birdseed Sale 

This fall, due to COVID-19, the Friends of the Parks will be having a nontouch birdseed sale, in collaboration with Midwood, Inc., a vendor we’ve been working with for years.  If you click here, you can download our order form and follow the instructions.  All orders must be sent into Park Headquarters by September 23rd.

The birdseed you purchase will be picked up at Midwood on Saturday, October 3rd, and delivered directly to your car when you drive up.  Your purchase will benefit the Friends of the Wood County Parks.

Please consider purchasing some seed for your feathered friends!

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.

Checks can be sent to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green


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


2020 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

Karen Bonnell——————————-Rossford

Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids

Todd Brininger———————-Bowling Green

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

Sue Frankforther————————Maumee

Bill Hale———————————– Haskins

Jill Konst———————————- Millbury

Sherry LaVeck————————–North Baltimore

Jim Mathews——————————–Genoa

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

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