Status Updates

  • Masks are required in all indoor locations effective Friday, August 20, 2021 until further notice. We appreciate and respect related concerns. In our civic duty to public health and safety, we will do our part to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 disease by wearing masks. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • All Wood County Park District properties and public facilities remain open to the public daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Facility Open Views
    • Otsego, Thomson Stone Hall – 1st Monday; 7-8 pm
    • W.W. Knight, Great Room – 1st Wednesday; 7-8 pm
  • Restrooms are open. Please wear a mask.
  • Playgrounds are open. Please wash your hands before and after.

Park District Plans Fall Prescribed Fire

Wood County Park District stewardship department is planning to conduct prescribed fires in several park properties this fall. The locations of these burns may be in Bradner Preserve, Rudolph Savanna Area, and Cricket Frog Cove. The exact timing of the fires will be determined by weather factors to ensure the most effective and safe conditions, including smoke mitigation.

All of our prescribed fire practices are conducted under waiver through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, notification of the Ohio EPA, as well as, direct supervision by an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Local fire departments for each site are aware of these plans and will be directly notified at least 24 hours before the fire and also on the day of the fire by our fire manager.

The purpose of the fires is for the benefit of the natural areas and native ecosystems. All fire management is completed with best management practices. The public is advised to stay clear away active burn sites.

Please call 419-575-7339, or email alowien@wcparks.org,  with any questions directly involving wcparks prescribed fire practices. For general Wood County Park District questions, 419-353-1897 wcparks.org


20th annual Scarecrow Contest & Workshop

Join in the tradition of this lighthearted autumn competition! Use our materials at the Workshop, or build your scarecrow at home. Enter by September 27, 2021. Enter Here.

Rules & Regulations here.

Workshop & Set-up: Friday, October 1.
Winners announced at Heritage Farm Fest, a free community event on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Cash Prizes: 1st place: $150
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50
16 & Under Winner: $50
16 & Under Runner-up: $25

Thank you to our cash prize sponsors:

         


Fall Plant Sale

Native plants will be available for purchase at the Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 3 – 7 pm.

FALL PLANT SALE PLANTS 2021

The numbers are the number of plants available for sale.

1.    Elderberry (20)

2.    Common Milkweed (30)

3.    Butterfly Milkweed (30)

4.    Virginia Mountain Mint (30)

5.    Hairy Mountain Mint (30)

6.    Penstemon (30)

7.    Prickly Pear cactus (30)

8.    Bergamot (30)

9.    Blue Lobelia (30)

10.Wild Columbine (30)

11.Brown eyed Susan (30)

12.Ohio Spiderwort (30)

13.Ridell’s Goldenrod (30)

14.Boneset (30)

 


Go Green

graphic of leaf with the words Go Green

Print a Go Green Passport and Go Green by visiting parks and participating in at-home go green action steps. This self-guided journey is more than just a valuable experience. This is a fun way to be rewarded for your participation while being a good steward of the Earth.

Accomplish three Go Green activities from each of ten categories. Redeem your passport for a bamboo utensils, chopsticks & straw set. Have the whole family participate on one passport and each member receives a bamboo set. Accomplish six items from each Go Green Category and receive your choice of a campfire mug or a park t-shirt.

Please call 419-353-1897 before picking up your prize from Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Prize pick-up days are Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Text version of the Go Green Passport found here.


Autumn Nature Bingo

Nature Bingo Fun.

Download .pdf here.

Summer Nature Bingo

Use these nature bingo sheets on your next park visit to make observing nature an interactive experience.

Download a .pdf here.


Down on the Farm

The Carter Historic Farm is a working farm and cultural heritage agricultural center interpreted to the Depression-era. The Buckwheat that was harvested is being stone ground at Ludwig Mill. The wetland is holding water and the native plants are setting down roots. The orchard is growing, as are the new piglets. New interpretive panels have been installed. Once facilities are reopened, we look forward to sharing these with you.

produce grown on the farm donated tot eh Brown Bag Food Project.

 

 

 


Videos

Follow the WC Parks YouTube Channel.


Check out this video tour of the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve.


Just Nature


Just Nature: Sunset over the Maumee River


Just Nature: Babbling Brook


Rudolph Bike Park

14038 Mermill Road, Rudolph, OH

See the latest updates with the Rudolph Bike Park here.

With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone.

 


Find nature & adventure with the wcparks app.

 

 

The app has helpful park navigation, maps, program listings, and fun extras.

 

 

 

Stay in-the-know with the ‘wcparks’ app. We wont send you push notifications and you don’t need to create an account. Just good info when you’re looking for it.

 

 

 


Commemorative Trail WW Knight Nature Preserve Wood County Park District

 

Commemorative Trail

Say it forever with an engraved brick at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

An 8 x 8 inch brick with 5 lines of text is $125. A 4 x 8 inch brick with 3 lines of text is $100. Order forms must be mailed or delivered to the Park District Headquarters located at 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the Wood County Parks. This is a fundraiser and the proceeds go to the Friends of the Parks who support park amenities, activities and beautification.

Click here for a Brick Order Form. Engraved bricks will be laid into the trail on a quarterly basis.