About Us

Our mission is to enhance visitors’ experiences at state parks by partnering with individuals, corporations, and other entities to support innovative projects that educate park visitors, increase inclusivity, support sustainability, and promote health and wellness. 

Storybook Trail donated by Buck Niehoff in honor of his grandson Oliver Niehoff

Public spaces are for everyone, and the Foundation focuses on ensuring that all visitors feel welcome and safe. Funds will be used to enhance existing waterways and to create an accessible experience for all.

Ohio’s 75 state parks, from the shores of Lake Erie to the waters of the great Ohio River, are among our most treasured places.

And they are accessible to all Ohioans. Our state is one of only seven in the nation where park admission remains free. Because of this, everyone can enjoy the benefits of our parks—whether it be by wandering trails, attending community events, spending time with friends, or simply finding moments of quiet respite in the outdoors.

We were founded in 2021 and consist of a board that provides representation across the state of Ohio.

View our board members here.