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
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”
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”
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.
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 – Ranaye McLaughlin – Northwood
Secretary – Stephanie Nesper – Perrysburg
Treasurer – Gloria Box – Grand Rapids
Gloria Box—————————- Grand Rapids
Todd Brininger———————-Bowling Green
Virginia (Ginny) Dean—————- Waterville
Bill Hale———————————– Haskins
Jill Konst———————————- Millbury
Sherry LaVeck————————–North Baltimore
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