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
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”
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)”
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 Birdseed Sale is a fundraiser held annually each fall. This year our sale will again be in collaboration with Mid-Wood, Inc. in Bowling Green, Ohio. You can access your order form here.
Your order form is to be completed and mailed with a check (made out to the Friends of the Parks) to the Wood County Park District Address at 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH, 43402. This needs to be to us by Wednesday, September 29th, 2021.
Pick-up for birdseed will be on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 10 am until Noon at Mid-Wood, Inc. (12818 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, OH, 43402). All information about the pick-up can be found here.
Thanks for supporting the Friends, and thanks for supporting your Parks!
*This year we will NOT be selling mums, only birdseed. Thank you for your understanding and support.*
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.
Checks can be sent to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green
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 – Candace Weis – Bowling Green
Secretary – Stephanie Nesper – Perrysburg
Treasurer – Laura Arnold – Perrysburg
Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids
Todd Brininger———————-Bowling Green
Virginia (Ginny) Dean—————- Waterville
Bill Hale———————————– Haskins
Sherry LaVeck————————–North Baltimore
Ranaye McLaughlin—————— Northwood
Debbie Newlove————————Bowling Green
Candace Weis——————— Bowling Green
Nancy Wenning——————- Bowling Green
Dorothea Barker – Bowling Green
Marsha Broadright – Bowling Green
Walter Krueger – Perrysburg
Martha and Dick Kudner – Perrysburg