Paddle the Pond

Paddle the Pond with us on the 2nd and 4th Mondays in June through August from 4:00 – 7:30 pm at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551. This is a free, drop-in paddling program.

August 22 is the last date for Paddle the Pond

All equipment and instruction are provided. This is a great opportunity for those who are new to paddling.


Folklore & Funfest

For 29 years, the Wood County Park District held an annual community event called Folklore & Funfest held at the Wood County Museum. Heritage activities and nocturnal nature education were popular at this Halloween-themed event enjoyed by over 3,000 people each year. This event has been discontinued, but we will treasure these community memories.

horse-drawn carriage rides facepainting scarecrow guests in costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pigs for Sale

The pigs at the Carter Historic Farm have been humanely and holistically raised. They will be processed locally at the end of September. Add your contact info (to the form in the link)
if you are interested in purchasing a whole or a half pig. There are two pigs available. If there is more interest than supply, we will hold a raffle. Purchased pork will need to be picked up by the buyers in Ottawa, OH. The price per pound of hanging weight is $1.50 (not including processing costs).

Pig Interest List

 


2021 Annual Report

The Wood County Park District had a busy year working to serve our communities.

2021 Annual Report

Text version of the Annual Report.



Photo Exhibit

April 1 – April 7; 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
See the beauty of Wood County at the photo exhibit. Photos entered into the Friends of the Parks photo contest are printed and framed on display at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve in the Hankison Great Room.

Photo Exhibit Reception Thursday, April 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Light refreshments will be served, and photos will be available for purchase.



Spring Nature Bingo

Spring Nature Bingo graphics     

Explore and observe nature with spring nature bingo. Color in the things you find. If you get 5 in a row, column, or diagonal, then you win. Click here for a printable version.



Kayak Demo Day

Sunday, June 5; 11 am – 3 pm
Three Meadows Pond, 700 Three Meadows Drive, Perrysburg
Thinking about getting into kayaking this paddling season? Come to the pond anytime between 11 am and 3 pm to try out kayaks of all shapes and sizes! Experienced local kayakers and kayaking instructors will be on hand to answer any questions, point out differences between boat types and features, outfit you with PFDs and paddles, and educate you on all things safe-kayaking. All participants must sign a release of liability at the event before being allowed to kayak. Must be 11 years of age or older to kayak; legal guardian must be present. FREE! No sales available at the event. Kayaking programs made possible by ODNR Division of Watercraft. No registration is needed. Bring your family and friends.

Park District Plans Spring Burn

Wood County Park District stewardship department is planning to conduct prescribed fires in several park properties this spring. The locations of these burns may be in Bradner Preserve, Rudolph Savanna Area, Cricket Frog Cove, and Sawyer Quarry Preserve. 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.

Call 419-575-7339, or email alowien@wcparks.org,  with any questions directly involving our prescribed fire practices or call 419-353-1897 with general questions.

For park district information, call (419) 353-1897, or visit wcparks.org.


Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Plants $5
Shrubs $10

For a list of plants & more information, click here.

Native Plant Sale graphic. Text repeated on page.
*Bonus sale for Friends members only: Friday, May 6 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

The Friends of the Parks invite you to become a member and support the parks.

Become a Friends Member

Learn more about the Friends of the Parks HERE.


Pop-up Snowshoeing

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

Add your name to the pop-up program interest list.
When the weather conditions are right, we’ll go for a wintery hike.

Sign up

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

 


Sleigh Rides

Sleigh Rides this Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 at Carter Historic Farm. Stop in anytime between 10 am and 3 pm for a sleigh ride through the snow pulled by a 1930s tractor. The ride lasts 9-12 minutes going to the woodlot and back.
Jingle bells are optional. No registration is needed. The sleigh rides are free and open to all.

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 – 8 pm.

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

 


 

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 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:
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.

 

Base Camp Stories: How to Spot the Great Grey Owl – Jim Witter 
Thursday, February 3, 2022; 7 – 8:30 pm

A 2nd Grade report on the Belted Kingfisher changed it all for Wood County Park’s Program Coordinator, Jim Witter. Join Jim as he regales in stories of his birding adventures in the U.P. and shares birding wisdom to use on your next outdoor experience. In order to protect the health and wellness of program staff and participants, the park district board of commissioners requires that masks be worn when inside public spaces of park facilities.


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.


Autumn Nature Bingo

Nature Bingo Fun.

Download .pdf here.


Bring non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items to Carter Historic Farm and we will deliver to the Brown Bag Food Project in Bowling Green

Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 13 – 20, 2021

Bring non-perishable items to park locations for donation to the Brown Bag Food Project in BG.
Delivery locations: Otsego Park, Carter Historic Farm, Park District Headquarters, and W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

*Look for the delivery bin by the entrance/kiosks. Accepted items: non-perishable food items, baby items, hygiene items (e.g. soap,
deodorant), and pet food/supplies. For a complete list, visit www.brownbagfoodproject.org


The Masked Hero Geochase returns October 10 - 31, 2021.

The nature villains are back, and more diabolical than ever in their effort to ruin the parks! Using your smartphone “chase” our virtual villains by traveling from one coordinate clue to the next within the park, eventually leading to your success and an opportunity for a prize! Complete all three for a special reward. Register for direct information on starting clues or simply stay connected to our social media platforms. Share your adventure by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram with photos of your masked hero. Registration not necessary to participate. Complete on your own time within the open date window for each park’s GeoChase course.

 

October 10 – 17, 2021 at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, OH

October 17 – 24, 2021 at Otsego Park, 20000 W River Road, Bowling Green, OH

October 24 – 31, 2021 at Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Road, Northwood, OH

Good luck, Geochasers!

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Scarecrow Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the participants. The scarecrows were all awesome, they added to the Heritage Farm Fest event where everyone loved them.

Winners:

1st The Ramm Family

2nd Alexis Klassen & Associates DDS, LLC

3rd Theo, Mariah, and Keanu Madaras

Under 16 1st: Girl Scout Troop 10466

Under 16 runner-up: Ian Gray-Luring


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


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)


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:

         


 

  • Water fountains are back open. 6/5/2021

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


Adam Phillips Pond is now open. 7/12/2021

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

AND

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.


Nature Quest

Nature Quest

 

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

 


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

 


 

  • 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


Christmas Tree recycling locations repeated in text 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

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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.

Ready-made sweatshirts are currently available for sale at two local bicycle shops: Spoke Life Cycles and Stout Cyclery.

 


 

Wild Lights Logo of Christmas Lights wrapped around antlers

Wild Lights

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

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.

Prizes
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

Nature Quest

Nature Quest

 

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

This self-guided adventure has concluded. Thank you to all the participants!

Carter Historic Farm

Summer

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

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.


Turtle Time


Aquatic vs. Terrestrial


Diet & Resources

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


The Shell

image of coloring activity

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.


Camouflage


Backyard Naturalist


Insects of summer


Monarch butterfly release


Birds


Native Plants


Why do some trees hang onto their leaves?


Vermicomposting


Lichen


Fun from the Farm

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

image of craft in process
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


Mimicry


Vision


“Fox” Snake?


Food


Camouflage


Smelling


Ecopsychology


Part I


Part II


Part III


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



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

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. 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 @wcparks.org 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.

 


2020 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.

 

 

 

 

 


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.

May 2021:

  • *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.