Native Plant Sale
For 2021, the Wood County Park District and Friends of the Parks will not conduct their own sale. We are participating in and supporting other native plant sales for the Lucas County Soil & Water and The Green Ribbon Initiative’s Blue Week Sale.
Oak Openings Region Blue Week, May 10-16, 2021
Online Native Plant Sale pre-order May 1-15, 2021
Plant pick-up May 22 and 23, 2021 from the Blue Creek Seed Nursery. Oak Openings Blue Week Details Here.
Blue Week programs: Oak Openings Region Blue Week Nature Hike on 5/11/21 at Bradner Preserve
Lucas County Sale: Pre-order Here by May 17, 2021
Pick-up: Friday, May 21, 2021 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street, Maumee, OH (Please use the south entrance near the railroad tracks.)
Find the event flyer here.
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
- Park District Main Office is now open to the public. 4/19/2021
Earth Day T-shirt Fundraiser
Order online by April 30, 2021. T-shirts shipped to you by May 14, 2021. (Thank you to everyone who ordered!)
Earth Day Upcycle Contests
Create something new from something otherwise thrown away or recycled. Winners will receive a free Earth Day shirt available for online purchase in April. This is a Carter Historic Farm program. Press Release. Flyer.
Kids and adult contests:
1 ) Register at wcparks.org by April 1
2) Receive instructions and create
3) Email photos by April 15
Recycle your Christmas Tree.
December 26 through January 31, 2021
Remove all decorations and bring your tree to one of these park locations for us to recycle (click on the park name for directions):
Park District Headquarters in Bowling Green, Ohio
W.W. Knight Nature Preserve in Perrysburg, Ohio
William Henry Harrison Park in Pemberville, Ohio
Slippery Elm Trail in North Baltimore, Ohio
Otsego Park in Bowling Green, Ohio
Also, if you need a tree for fish structure in a pond, you are welcome to take one from the pile of tree to be recycled.
Rudolph Bike Park sweatshirts
Sweatshirts are available to preorder online until December 6. Order here. These are super soft and high-quality sweatshirts. Proceeds will support bike park programs.
Enjoy a walk in the woods to see illuminated 3D foam animal displays. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve in Perrysburg will be open after hours for the displays to be visible at night.
January 8 – 10, 2021; 5:00 – 8:00 PM
This Wild Lights Decorating Contest Winners: 1st place Downey Family, 2nd place Girl Scout Troop 11582, 3rd place Bunny Builders. Thank you to all the participants. Thank you to the Friends of the Parks for their generous donation for the contest cash prizes.
Masked Hero Geochase 2020
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 19-25; Cedar Creeks Preserve
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. *All GeoChases are up through October 31st.
Accomplish the Sawyer Geochase for prizes.
Everyone who participated in all four Masked Hero Geocahse adventures will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket. Watch the live raffle drawing on our Facebook page on November 5, 2020 at 12:00 noon.
Autumn Nature Bingo
Download and print the Autumn Nature Bingo. While out in the parks, think about what you hear and smell. How many colors can you find? Can you find something purple, red, orange, yellow, light green, dark green, and brown?
Scarecrow Contest 2020
Community members created 19 scarecrows for the 19th annual Scarecrow Contest. Watch this video about the entries and the winners.
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.
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
Nature Quest is a series of self-guided activities. Think of an escape room without the claustrophobia. Each new Quest is based on a different level of puzzle difficulty. Solve the logic puzzles that lead from one clue to the next and you’ll win the Quest.
Nature Quest I: Multi-park Tour
Nature Quest II: Virtual Escape Room.
Click here for an online puzzle-based logic challenge.
Nature Quest III: Sawyer Adventure
Carter Historic Farm
Produce grown on the Farm is being donated to local food panty the Brown Bag Food Project. Great things are happening at Carter Historic Farm.
Aquatic vs. Terrestrial
Diet & Resources
Print this standing turtle activity. Color, cut, and fold to create a standing turtle. For all ages. No really, you’re not too old.
Insects of summer
Monarch butterfly release
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.
Skits for Snake
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
Evening on the Portage
Springtime in a Vernal Pool
Wind through White Pine
Bird Song Opera (from ShakeUp Sound Design)
Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorships
Rudolph Bike Park
14038 Mermill Road, Rudolph, OH
With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone. Be a part of this exciting community project.
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 @wcparks.org with sponsorship questions.
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.
2020 Passport to the Parks
- Pick up a passport from a park kiosk.
- Attend Programs for stamps
- 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.
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.
Previous Park Updates related to Covid-19
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.
- *Facility Rentals for W.W. Knight and Otsego Park can be made with reduced occupancy. Fill out this supplemental agreement and to email kstrong at wcparks.org. Facility rental dates start in May.
- June 2021: Facilities open again without covid restrictions.