Reuthinger Preserve Native Plant Gardens Wood County Park DistrictJ.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve
30730 Oregon Road Perrysburg, OH 43551

Donated to the Park District in 2005 by the late Lucille Reuthinger Knepper. The Stewardship Department’s shop and office is located at this preserve as well as the¬†two greenhouses and the native plant nursery. Tens of thousands of native plants are grown here and sown throughout the parks. Some of the plants are sold at the Friends of the Parks plant sale held the Saturday before Mother’s Day annually.

Volunteer opportunities such as Native Nursery Nights and the Seed Cleaning Marathon are held here. To get involved, learn more about our volunteer program by clicking here.

The preserve is open from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset everyday.

Land Management Practices

The Stewardship Department of the Wood County Park District stays current with conservation practices through research, training and attending conferences. This knowledge is implemented into the plans and practices at each park. Depending on season, flora, watershed, location and more, the Stewardship practices may involve controlled burns, mowing grasses, removing invasive plant species, planting native plants and much more. All of these efforts are for the best health of the land and ideal habitat for the local flora and fauna.

A natural wetland is being restored on the Reuthinger Preserve property through a grant from the North Coast Regional Council.


To contact the stewardship department directly, call (419) 661-5113. Please note that stewardship employees are frequently in the field and will likely not be available to receive your call. If you need to speak with someone, please call our headquarters office: (419) 353-1897.