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


6th Annual 2020 Friends of the Wood County Parks Photo Contest Winners


1st : Tony Everhardt, “Wish You Were Here”

2nd: Tony Everhardt, “Soothing End”

3rd: Romaine Stawowy, “Wintry Wonderland”

Plant Life

1st: Jeff Rader, “Decaying Log”

2nd: Mary Krall, “Bursts of Pink”

3rd: Jim Mathews, “Fall Glory”


1st: Greg Predmore, “Giant Swallowtail”

2nd: Tony Everhardt, “Osprey Air Dry”

3rd: Greg Predmore, “Blue Dasher (m)”

People’s Choice

Landscape: Tony Everhardt, “Soothing End;” Tony Everhardt, “Wish You Were Here;” Romaine Stawowy, “Autumnal Show;” Romaine Stawowy, “Wagon”

Plant Life: Jim Mathews, “Fall Glory”

Wildlife: Jim Mathews, “Turtle Acrobatics”

The Friends of the Parks 7th Annual 2021 Photo Contest

Each year The Friends of the Parks holds a Photo Contest highlighting the beauty of our parks.

Photos must be taken at one of our Wood County parks, and be within one of three categories: Landscape, Wildlife, or Plant Life.  Photos are then judged blindly by a panel of judges, and then judged online by peers, known as our “People’s Choice.”

Photos are due on November 30th, 2021 with a signed prospectus and a $5 entry fee.  All rules, along with the prospectus, may be found by clicking here.

A thank you to Mainstreet Photo for being our sponsor!


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.

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.

The Friends of the Parks Birdseed and Mums Sale is a fundraiser held annually each fall.

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


2021 Officers

President – Nancy Wenning – Bowling Green

Vice President – Candace Weis – Bowling Green

Secretary – Stephanie Nesper – Perrysburg

Treasurer – Laura Arnold – Perrysburg

Current Trustees

Laura Arnold——————————-Perrysburg

Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids

Todd Brininger———————-Bowling Green

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

Sue Frankforther————————Maumee

Bill Hale———————————– Haskins

Sherry LaVeck————————–North Baltimore

Jim Mathews——————————–Genoa

Ranaye McLaughlin—————— Northwood

Stephanie Nesper———————-Perrysburg

Debbie Newlove————————Bowling Green

Don Schumacher———————-Bowling Green

Candace Weis——————— 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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