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J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation

Straker Press Release

Ohio State Parks Foundation Receives Grant from J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation Grant will be used for construction of new ADA playground at Dillon State Park FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Lisa Daris, lisa.daris@ohiostateparksfoundation.org COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 14, 2022) – The Ohio State Parks Foundation (OSPF) has received a grant from the J.W. & M.H. […]

Giving Back Together

Pennies for Parks – a program for business sponsors to support Ohio State Parks NEEF’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, this celebration brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public […]

Alum Creek Marina Grand Opening 

Last week, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources officially opened the new family-friendly boat owners haven, the Alum Creek State Park Marina. It was a weekend of events, complete with boat safety inspections and life jacket fittings, touch-a-truck, sailing demonstrations, creek tours, and a traditional ribbon cutting attended by LT Governor John Husted. The Sneak […]

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Sponsor Spotlight: Our Conversation with Dave Durnell of RV Wholesalers 

The Ohio State Parks Foundation is thrilled to welcome RV Wholesalers among the first corporate sponsors committed to supporting the mission of the Foundation as it works to care for and enrich Ohio’s state parks. Co-Owner Dave Durnell says, “this was a no-brainer for us.” He goes on, “This is a great way to support […]

Top Ohio State Parks Based on the Vote for Your Favorite Ohio State Park Campaign

The first official Ohio State Parks Week was a success! Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted issued a proclamation recognizing April 22-April 29, 2022 as Ohio State Parks Week. Throughout the week, we asked park goers to vote for their favorite parks, visit the parks, and consider donating to their favorite park via […]

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Vote for Your Favorite Ohio State Park

It’s OFFICIAL! Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted have issued a proclamation recognizing April 22-April 29, 2022 as Ohio State Parks Week. Join the Ohio State Parks Foundation in celebrating Ohio State Parks Week by VOTING for your favorite park, and reflecting on what Ohio State Parks mean to YOU.  We invite you […]

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Governor DeWine’s 2022 State of the State Address Highlights Support of Ohio State Parks

Investing in Our Ohio State Parks Ohio Governor Mike DeWine delivered his 2022 State of the State Address to the Ohio General Assembly on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The speech highlighted mental health, Ohio’s Appalachian region, as well as our Ohio State Parks. Below are a few of the topics Governor DeWine addressed about our […]

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Celebrate Spring at Your Ohio State Parks

Spring is here! And what better way to enjoy the warmer weather and blue skies than a trip to one of the 75+ state parks throughout the state of Ohio. After all, wherever you are in Ohio, you’re just a short drive from an Ohio State Park, where you can participate in all the programs […]

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Happy Birthday, Ohio: Celebrating 219 Years of Parks

In Ohio, March 1st is celebrated as Statehood Day, or Ohio’s birthday, since it was on that day in 1803 that the newly-elected Ohio General Assembly took up state business for the first time in its then-capital, Chillicothe. This year, our beloved Buckeye State will celebrate its 219th birthday. Today, Ohio’s 75 state parks, from […]

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Celebrate Ohio State Parks Week By Giving

#Give2OhioParks Join the Ohio State Parks Foundation in celebrating the first ever Ohio State Parks Week of Giving, March 1–8, 2022. There is a lot to celebrate beginning on March 1st, as that also happens to be Ohio’s birthday!  As one of only seven state park systems in the nation where park admission remains free, […]

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