Status Updates

  • The Board of Park Commissioners encourages voluntary mask use, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands often.
  • 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
      *Dec. 5 view will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2022; 7 – 8 pm.
    • W.W. Knight, Great Room – 1st Wednesday; 7-8 pm

2022 Hiking Challenge

graphic of hiking challenge logo that looks like a boot print


    1. Hike parks.
  1. Log distance.
  2. Earn gear.

In September and October, find a Hiking Challenge passport here and at the parks. Visit parks and record your hikes. Redeem your passport at Park District Headquarters for a code to order an exclusive Bradner Preserve t-shirt. The first 20 participants will receive a free long-sleeved shirt.

Click here for a Hiking Challenge passport.

Learn more, & find a text version of the passport here. 

2022 Scarecrow Contest

Register for this friendly contest that is a fall tradition. Create a scarecrow during the Workshop at Carter Historic Farm on Thursday, September 29 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Enter by September 26. Participants can be individuals, office group, service organization, family, or anyone who wants to join in on the fun. Scarecrows will be judged and winners announced at the Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 1, 2022. It is free to enter. Cash prizes are provided by sponsors.

Register Here

Scarecrow Contest Flyer

Rules & Regulations


1st place: $150

2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50
16 & Under Winner: $50
Online People’s Choice: $25

Entries will be judged on originality, design, color, creativity, and outdoor durability. Thank you to our prize sponsors:





Thank you for all the community support throughout the years. Be sure to attend the Heritage Farm Fest event on October 1 to see the completed scarecrows and vote for your favorite.

Fall Plant Sale

Purchase quality native plants for your garden. Woody shrubs and fall-flowering plants will be available for purchase at the Carter Historic Farm on Saturday, September 24 from 9 am – noon. These native plants are grown by the Stewardship Department of the Wood County Park District as part of the native plant program which is the heart of the Park District’s environmental conservation efforts. Native plants have long root systems and can create drought-resistant and flood-resistant areas, sequester carbon, filter runoff, replenish soil nutrients, and are habitat for pollinators. Parking and entrance are free.

Woody shrubs are $10 each and native shrubs are $5 each. Cash and check are accepted. Plants are available first-come, first-served.

Heritage Farm Fest

Heritage Farm Fest on Saturday, October 1 from 11 am until 3 pm at Carter Historic Farm

Saturday, October 1; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
At Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Join us on the farm for great food from the farm, wagon rides, games, live music, hands-on heritage activities, Power of Yesteryear Demonstrations, and much more.

Heritage Farm Fest

This event is open to all. Parking, entrance, and all activities are free. Lunch is available for all.

Carter Historic Farm is a working farm and living history center interpreted to the Depression era. Programs in cultural heritage, sustainable agriculture, and traditional life skills are taught. The farm buildings are open weekly Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 -4 pm. The farm grounds are open daily from 8:00 am – 30 minutes past sunset.

General donations to the farm are welcome.

Masked Hero Geochase: Triple Threat

This self-guided interactive adventure is back. Use a smartphone to decipher clues and navigate the park. Learn about being a good steward to nature to defeat the nature villains. Register to be emailed the starting clues, or watch our social media for details.

October 9 – 16: Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
26940 Lime City Rd, Perrysburg

Register Here

October 16 – 23: Slippery Elm Trail, North Depot
Montessori School of BG, 515 Sand Ridge Rd, Bowling Green

Register Here

October 23 – 30: Cedar Creeks Preserve
4575 Walbridge Rd, Northwood

Register Here

Learn more about the Masked Hero Geochase here.


Register for the once-per-month e-Newsletter.

Go Green 2022

Go green and earn green things.


Participate in the Go Green program by self-stamping the Go Green Passport when you make green choices and visit parks. Redeem your passport at Park District Headquarters for green giveaways.


Click here for a printable passport.

Click here for the text version and more information.




2022 Photo Contest

Categories: Landscape, Wildlife, Plant Life, and Heritage

Photo Contest 2022 graphic

Photographers may submit their photos taken at any of our Wood County Parks.  These photo categories are: Landscape, Plant Life, Wildlife, and Heritage. Photos must be submitted per contest specifications by November 30.

There is a $5 entry fee which entitles the photographer five photo entries. Members of the Friends of the Parks may submit 10 photos.  Prospectus and details can be found here.   

Memorial Bench Program

With a gift of $3,000 (or more) to the Friends of the Wood County Parks Memorial Bench program, a Memorial Bench with a personalized plaque is placed at a park agreed upon by donor and park staff based on space availability. The gift amount covers the cost of the bench, installation, and a personalized plaque.

Learn More

Program Terms      Request Form

Click here for text versions of the Memorial Bench Terms and Request Form.

Wood County Park District Receives Statewide Award

The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has announced its 2021 Annual Awards of Excellence winners. The winning projects, programs, and events speak to the tremendous work achieved by parks and recreation professionals around Ohio during the pandemic. Throughout the state, more than 125 programs and projects were nominated. Twelve different departments won first place awards. In all, 27 different agencies have been recognized with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place awards. The awards were judged by a panel of 40 parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio. The Wood County Park District won second place in Category 12: Recreation Programs & Events for our Geochase program.
Themed to superheroes protecting nature, the open activity encouraged participants to visit parks and accomplish the Geochase to become a Masked Hero.
The Geochase program was designed to engage participants through storytelling, humor, and to challenge them to learn about the protection of our natural resources.
Videos of nature “villains” polluting or destroying nature added a dynamic aspect to the program. The villains each had their own theme (e.g., Colonel Garlic Mustard, Professor Pollute) and sewed mischief and mayhem in a specific park. Once at the park, the Geochase participants were tasked with solving natural resource-based puzzles, scanning codes leading to videos of villains, and utilizing geospatial coordinates to find specific clue locations defeat the villains.
The Masked Hero Geochase was an engaging program open for the entire community to enjoy.


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.



image of Park Director Chris SmalleyWelcome!

New Director Chris Smalley

Welcome to the new Director, Christopher Smalley.
Chris worked for the Wood County Parks District for 10 years and then broadened his skills, experience, and knowledge at the Toledo Metroparks for eleven years prior to returning once again to Wood County.
We are grateful to have Chris’s leadership and dedication for the park district.

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.


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 are added to the trail twice a year, at the end of November and the end of May.