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A Message from Kevin Clinton, President, Lake Parks Foundation

Lake Parks Foundation gives supporters of Lake Metroparks an avenue to enhance an already fine resource. This is done by funding programs and projects that are focused on education. In the 28 years LPF has existed it has helped educate thousands of children, supported the care of thousands of animals at the Wildlife Center and funded hundreds of projects. Thank you for your continued generous support.

A Message from Paul Palagyi, Executive Director, Lake Metroparks

The Lake Parks Foundation is a critical member of the Lake Metroparks team. The Foundation helps Lake Metroparks fulfill its mission to protect the unique natural resources of Lake County and provide our visitors of all ages with quality outdoor programs and experiences.  Lake Metroparks would not be the outstanding park system that it is today without the continuing support it receives from our friends at the Lake Parks Foundation.

Conservation, Education & Recreation

Since 1989, the Lake Park Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, has enhanced the quality of life in Lake County by preserving land, environment and natural heritage and creating and developing opportunities for conservation, education, recreation and relaxation.

With donor support we create and develop opportunities for conservation, education and recreation for visitors at all parks across Lake County. We work in conjunction with the Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners and staff to provide support for development projects for one of Lake County’s finest assets: its park system.

Additionally, Lake Parks Foundation funds requests for student scholarships and camperships to participate in environmental education programs. More than 900 students are annually awarded scholarships that enable them to experience the Lake Metroparks park system and participate in educational programs. Scholarships are provided to students at local schools, preschools and homeschool (e-school) students by application tot he Lake Metroparks.

Lake Parks Foundation has funded more than $315,000 over the past five years for Lake Metroparks capital projects and educational scholarships to local and surrounding schools. Recent capital projects have included the observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs in Perry Township and Showman’s Circle at Lake Farmpark in Kirtland.

Because of gifts given through the Lake Parks Foundation:

  • More than 900 children per year are awarded scholarships and camperships
  • Nearly 2000 injured or orphaned animals are cared for at the nationally recognized state of the art Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation each year.
  • Educational exhibits at Farmpark provide hands-on learning experiences
  • Lake Metroparks conservation initiatives receive additional support through funding for natural resource projects

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