The Foundation for Geauga Parks was founded in 1990 as an independent organization with a non-profit, public charitable mission status designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) 3, 509 A 1.
A volunteer Board of Trustees provides the governance over the Foundation and serves as advocates, advisors, and community connectors. The principal mission of the Foundation is philanthropic to support education, enjoyment and appreciation of the unique cultural, historic and natural character of the parks in Geauga County. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $8 million toward those goals.
- 1990: Geauga Park District Foundation created
- 1994: Land purchase from American Society for Metals (ASM) to become the core property for The West Woods
- 1995: The West Woods Property finalized. The Foundation raises $2 million dollars through fund raising efforts
- 2003: Nature Scopes program kicks off; more than 7,500 students have participated since!
- 2011: Observatory Park opens; $2.2 million dollars donated through the Foundation for Observatory Park and the adjacent Nassau Station
- 2015: The Foundation changes its name from Geauga Park District Foundation to Foundation for Geauga Parks to better-represent the independent structure and align the Foundation's name and logo with its historic mission and purpose
- 2016: Donated to support Western Reserve Land Conservancy's purchase of Modroo Farm property for the Russell Township park system
- 2017: Donated $25,000 for the purchase of binoculars and field guides for Geauga Park District's Nature Scopes program. 100% of Geauga County Fifth graders participated this year!
- 2019: Donated funds to create a new trail in Munson Township's Scenic River Retreat. Launched the Skywatchers Club in collaboration with Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society, Geauga County Library System, Burton Public Library and Geauga Park District. Hired the Foundation's first director and associate director.