Status Updates

  • The Board of Park Commissioners suggest that masks be worn when inside public spaces of park facilities.
  • Park properties are free and open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Facility Open Views – see the event venues!
    • 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 playground use.


Heritage Holiday Saturday, December 11, 2021.from 1 - 4 pm. Carter Historic Farm, Bowling Green

Heritage Holiday

Saturday, December 11, 2021; 1 – 4 pm
Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green

A festive celebration of our cultural heritage with activities, crafts, wagon rides, and wassail. Make holiday memories down on the farm.


Heritage flours for sale!

label for the heritage red fife wheat flour.


Sustainably grown and harvested cornmeal,
buckwheat flour, and wheat flour from the
Carter Historic Farm are available for
purchase on site. The farm buildings are
open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.

These quality products were grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

Thank you for supporting the sustainable heritage practices at the Carter Historic Farm.


Base Camp Local Adventurer speaker series. Please register for these educational programs.

Base Camp Stories: Local Adventurer Speaker Series

W. W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd, Perrysburg

Base Camp Stories:
A Climber’s Journey through Life

Thursday, December 2, 2021; 7 – 8:30 pm

Professional climbing guide Ben Waggoner has climbed all over the country. When it comes to life’s figurative obstacles, Ben has leaned on climbing to summit them as well. Join Ben as he covers the different types of climbing, shares highlights of his climbing adventures and conveys how the sport is analogous to life.

Fort to Port: An Adventure
on the Maumee River 

Thursday, December 16, 2021; 7 – 8:30 pm

In 2019, four bold kayakers embarked to thru-paddle the entire 137 miles of the Maumee River in four days. Half of the expedition members, Wood County Parks senior naturalist Bill Hoefflin and Metroparks Toledo outdoor skills specialist Amanda Domalski, share stories and visuals from their adventure.

Base Camp Stories:
Following the Footsteps of Indiana Jones

Thursday, January 13, 2022; 7 – 8:30 pm

From an early age, Michael knew his passion was in archeology. Although his profession has much less whip-cracking, monkeys and gun-play than initially expected, his trained eye has led him across the country to interpret the stories of those who came before us through what they’ve left behind.

Base Camp Stories:
An Introduction to Boondocking

Thursday, January 27, 2022; 7 – 8:30 pm

Car camping is one thing, but car camping without connection to water, sewer, or electricity and outside of a designated campground is a rewarding adventure like no other. Join Craig and Heather Spicer as they share their planning, logistics, evolution of their rig, and lessons learned along the way from Utah to Maine.

Wild Lights

Wild Lights graphic. Words repeated in text.There are two ways to experience the brightest night in January. Register to decorate one of the ten 3-D animal display stations for the Wild Lights Workshop on January 5; 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Register for Wild Lights Workshop

Wild Lights Rules


Stroll the magical twinkling forest during Wild Lights Weekend January 7-9, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.


Pop-up Snowshoeing

image of people wearing snowshoes. Only the feet are shown.

Are you interested in pop-up snowshoeing programs? Register for the notification list here.

When the weather conditions are right, we’ll go for a wintery hike.

Snowshoes are sized by the weight they distribute, not the shoe size. Snowshoes are available for for weights between 60 and 250 pounds.


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.


Down on the Farm

The Carter Historic Farm is a working farm and cultural heritage agricultural center interpreted to the Depression-era. The buildings are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The park grounds are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. To keep up-to-date with what’s happening on the farm, visit the Carter Historic Farm Facebook page. 

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



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.