Status Updates

  • *New 8/12/20: All facilities are closed and reservations are cancelled through the end of 2020.
  • Playgrounds open. Use at own risk. Please wash hands immediately before and after use.
  • Parks are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past dark.
  • Restrooms are open. Please wear a mask inside.
  • Please observe 6-10 feet of social distancing space between you and others who do not live with you.
  • Indoor facilities and playgrounds are closed.
  • Site occupancy upon reopening will be reduced from 120 to 60 people for the rental halls.
  • Programs and special events are cancelled.
  • Water fountains are off. Please bring water with you.

Bring your own reusable water bottle. Hydrate and be well.

Masked Hero Geochase

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Experience a self-guided geocaching adventure October 5-31.


How to participate: Check our social media each Monday in October to find a new video about the Geochase and the villain at each park. Bring your smartphone/GPS with you for an outdoor excursion to solve the clues, defeat the villain, and win the Geochase!


October 5-11; W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
October 12-18; Bradner Preserve
October 19-25; Cedar Creeks Preserve
October 26-31; Sawyer Quarry Preserve

No registration is needed to participate in this free self-guided program.



Nature Quest

Nature Quest


Nature Quest is a series of interactive activities with more editions in development.

Nature Quest III: Sawyer Adventure

This self-guided expedition will take you all around Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve deciphering logic puzzles in an attempt to locate virtual points in the app “UsynligO”. There are two ways to enjoy this adventure: one is by using the “UsynligO” app to find the course “Nature Quest: Sawyer Adventure”. The app will then lead you to the points, and at the end a clue will be revealed to find your prize. The other way is to solve the puzzle located on signs at the park associated with each point. At the end there are instructions on where to submit your puzzle answers to be entered into a raffle to win a set of Wood County Park District employee handmade, decorative cup coasters. This is a free activity. Registration is not requested. Enjoy!
*Note: This adventure will take you along a primitive trail that contains trip hazards and hills. Please participate at your own risk. Questions can be sent to:

Nature Quest II: Virtual Escape Room.
Click here for an online puzzle-based logic challenge.

Nature Quest I: multi-park scavenger hunt (still active by popular demand).
Clue: Where life on a Depression-era farm is recreated, including chores, farm animals, cooking, and even school.


Scarecrow Contest 

Register for the 19th annual Scarecrow contest. 

While at home, with a little straw and some imagination, make your creation “come to life.” Once completed, bring your finished creation to be put on display to celebrate the season.


  1. Register
  2. Build your scarecrow at home.
  3. Set-up your scarecrow on Tuesday, October 13 from 4 – 7:30 pm, at the Wood County Museum for all to enjoy.
  4. Display of scarecrows October 14 – 25
  5. Pick-up your scarecrow between October 26 and November 2, 2020.

1st prize: $100 sponsored by Robert K. Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.
2nd prize: $50 sponsored by Kathrens Insurance Agency
3rd prize: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions

16 & under: $25 sponsored by Grounds for Thought

• All entries must fit in a 4×4 foot square space and be no more than 7 feet in height.
• All entries must be named. The name of the scarecrow’s builder will be displayed after judging. Do not attach the
name of the builder to the scarecrow. We will provide a stake with the scarecrow’s name after judging.
• Scarecrows must be free standing or have a vertical support in the body (such as a garden stake).
• Scarecrows must be zip-tied to the post for display. One vertical metal garden fence post is provided.
• Rubber, plastic, or store-bought masks are not permitted.
• No sharp objects (such as pitchforks, knives or hooks), and no flammable objects (such as tiki torches or gas-powered generators) are allowed. These will be viewed as grounds for disqualification.
• Human or mechanical scarecrows are not permitted.
• Scarecrows must not reflect any social, political, religious, or controversial themes.
Scarecrows should be made with a family-oriented theme in mind; no overly scary entries will be permitted.
• All ornamentation must be firmly attached because all entries will be displayed outside.
• The Wood County Park District retains the right to refuse any contest entry and to promote or photograph any entry.
• Employees and family of the Wood County Park District or Wood County History Museum are ineligible to win.


Follow our YouTube Channel.

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

Turtle Time

Aquatic vs. Terrestrial

Diet & Resources

Download the .pdf of the Turtle Time resource scavenger hunt.

The Shell

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Print this standing turtle activity. Color, cut, and fold to create a standing turtle. For all ages. No really, you’re not too old.

Download the turtle .pdf.


Backyard Naturalist

Insects of summer

Monarch butterfly release


Native Plants

Why do some trees hang onto their leaves?



Fun from the Farm

Looking for something fun to do? Check out these fun and educational activities from the Carter Historic Farm.

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Black Swamp History

One Room School

Carter Historic Farm History Class

Great Depression Activities

Fruit and Veggie Activity

Chicken Activity

Sheep Facts Sheet and Craft

Goat Activity

Barn Cat Activity

Skits for Snake



“Fox” Snake?





Part I

Part II

Part III

Just Nature

Just Nature: Sunset over the Maumee River

Just Nature: Babbling Brook

Evening on the Portage

Springtime in a Vernal Pool

Wind through White Pine


Bird Song Opera (from ShakeUp Sound Design)

Nature Bingo

Download and print Spring Nature Bingo for your next outdoor experience.

Nature Bingo encourages us to focus on the nature all around us. You can play in your backyard, on a walk around the neighborhood, and in a park. If you print nature bingo, printing on the back of used paper is a go-green idea, and this version is designed to use less printer ink. #lovenature

2020 Photo Contest


The 6th annual Friends of the Parks Photo Contest is happening now.

Let your inner nature photographer out.

  • Photos taken at Wood County Park District properties
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Enter by November  30, 2020
  • Entries printed and framed in a gallery exhibition

Prospectus Here



Rudolph Bike Park

See the latest updates with the Rudolph Bike Park here.

The Rudolph Bike Park for wellness, community, and adventure.

With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone. Be a part of this exciting community project.

Click here for a Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorship Package.




In a public survey of Wood County residents with over 2,000 respondents, 43.48% of people requested more bike trails & increased access, with 55% of those respondents requesting non-traditional biking opportunities. The Rudolph Bike Park directly meets community needs. The park will attract cyclists of all ages from all around the region, as it will be directly accessible from the 13.1-mile Slippery Elm Trail bike path. The Slippery Elm Trail has an average of 275 users per day. The Bike Park will have a picnic shelter, 3 pump tracks for all ages and skill levels, and a mountain bike skills loop. The parking lot is being paid for by the Wood County Park District. 100% of your donation will go toward creating this community wellness and adventure park. The park will be free and open to the public every day of the year from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Positive recognition for your sponsorship will be far-reaching and long-lasting.

Make check payable to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Email jsands with sponsorship questions.


Land Management

The Stewardship Department is hard at work maintaining, cultivating, and improving natural areas.

Current activities include: cutting back garden displays, mowing, invasive species control, growing plants at the Native Plant Nursery at Reuthinger, and preparing for clearing out the greenhouse to propagate plants throughout the parks.

Recent accomplishments: planted buffers of trees at Cedar Creeks Preserve and Baldwin Woods, planted fruit trees at Carter Historic Farm, planted vegetable garden at Carter Historic Farm, seeded new wetland at Reuthinger Preserve with native plant seeds, and grew thousands of native plant seedlings.


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.




Previous park updates in relation to Covid-19

Update August 12, 2020
All facilities are closed and reservations are cancelled through the end of 2020.

Update July 25, 2020
Facility rental spaces are closed through the end of August.

Update May 26, 2020
Due to limitations imposed on facilities with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has decided that it is in the best interest of the Park District and the safety of the public to cancel reservations through August 2, 2020.  At that time, the situation will be reassessed in regards to any future rentals. In addition, new facility rentals are paused for the remainder of 2020

Update May 21, 2020
There is a pause on renting facilities. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update May 4, 2020
Through June 22, playgrounds and facilities are closed, programs and events are cancelled, and Park District Headquarters’ offices are closed to the public. Park District employees are working to provide safe natural spaces and self-guided experiences for the public to enjoy. The Wood County Park District parks and preserves are Open from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Restrooms are open.
Observe 6-10 feet of social distancing space between you and others who do not live in your household with you. Please wear a mask inside of the restrooms. Be well.

April 20, 2020
The Wood County Park District Parks and Preserves are Open from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed. Restrooms are open.

During the State stay-at-home order, park access is considered essential services. All park properties are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed.

All Wood County Park District buildings are closed. Restrooms are open.

Please observe 6-10 feet of social distancing. Call out to people before you pass them. Be well.

Buttonwood Recreation Area is closed. Access to the Maumee River via Hull Prairie Road is open.

All facility rentals and public programs (including the Native Plant Sale) are cancelled through May 18, 2020. At that time, the situation will be further accessed. All refunds have been issued and will be sent by mail. The administrative offices at Park District Headquarters are closed.

All community members are advised to follow public health guidelines. Social distancing, staying at home, and proper hand-washing are being advised. For disease and health information, please contact the Wood County Health Department, The Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.

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.


Passport to the Parks

image of the passport to the parks cover.Passport to the Parks

  1. Pick up a passport from a park kiosk.
  2. Attend Programs for stamps
  3. Redeem your prizes for 10 (Campfire Mug) and 20 stamps (tee-shirt) at the Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road,  Bowling Green, OH 43402. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Click here to print a passport.







Carter Historic Farm Wetland Restoration Project

The Wood County Park District and the Black Swamp Conservancy worked together to restore twenty acres of wetland and prairie at the Carter Historic Farm. Wetlands are important to our natural environment because they filter out pollutants in runoff from the farm fields before it reaches the Lake Erie watershed, provide habitat for wildlife, and create drought and flood resistant areas with the native plants used.

Sixteen acres have been converted to wetland and four acres restored to upland prairie with walking trails along the berms. This is an important conservation effort that yields, educational interpretation opportunities.

Sally and Lyle Loomis,  donated the Carter Historic Farm property. The wetland restoration was part of their wishes for the use of the donated land and specifically wished this restoration to take place.


Arrowwood Archery Range

Arrowwood Archery Range on Linwood Road in Bowling Green, Ohio is free and open to the public everyday from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Select programming can occupy the space, so check the program listing for details.