Ohio State Parks Foundation Launches New Membership Program: Heart of the Parks

Welcome to the Ohio State Parks Foundation’s Heart of the Parks Membership Program – a community of advocates passionate about making a lasting impact on Ohio’s 76 State Parks.  

By becoming a member, you are contributing to the enhancement, preservation, and protection of our beautiful state parks while earning some sweet swag while you’re at it! 

The Heart of the Parks is designed to encourage commitment from state park enthusiasts to join the Ohio State Parks Foundation (OSPF) in making the Ohio State Parks more accessible, enjoyable, and sustainable for everyone.  

Did you know that the Ohio State Parks system is one of only seven state park systems in the nation where park admission is free, making them truly accessible to all? 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. 

By partnering with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the OSPF serves as an advocate for the Ohio State Parks and programs and leads the effort to raise funds for projects that fulfill the Foundation’s mission.  

By becoming a member, you will help us fund projects that will do just that. From ensuring ADA-compliant playgrounds to creating vibrant pollinator gardens and implementing sustainability programs, together we can make a true difference. 

We are excited to celebrate Ohio’s 76 parks and encourage our community to help us maintain our beautiful parks to enjoy year-round by joining the Heart of the Parks Membership Program.  

Heart of the Parks Membership Benefits: 

  1. Complimentary OSPF Gift 

All members will receive a complimentary OSPF gift based on their membership level upon joining the program. From stylish apparel to eco-friendly accessories, these gifts are a symbol of our gratitude for your commitment to Ohio’s parks. 

View all complimentary gift options here. 

  1. VIP Invitations to Special OSPF Events 

Becoming an OSPF member will get your name on the top of the list for all OSPF Events throughout the year. Last year, we experienced the Magic at Middle Bass, kicked off the summer season at the Alum Creek Marina, and so much more… This year, YOU will be a VIP to all our planned events and get the chance to mingle and interact with fellow members and park enthusiasts. 

  1. Discounts on Branded Merchandise 

Who doesn’t love good merch? Proudly highlight your support of Ohio State Parks through discounted prices on branded merchandise available through the OSPF shop. Items include T-shirts, water bottles, and so much swag. 

  1. First Access to OSPF News 

Stay up to date with all things OSPF and Ohio State Parks with exclusive first access to our newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox. You will receive inside looks at ongoing projects, hear stories from our donors, and see firsthand how your membership and dollars are making a difference. 

  1. Official Member Card 

All members will receive an Official Membership Card to display their commitment to our parks. This card will signify your dedication to protecting our favorite place: Ohio State Parks. 

Membership Levels:

  • Acorn Advocate ($75) – Receive a packet of 6 notecards featuring original artwork of Ohio State Parks 
  • Pollinator Patron ($125) – Receive an official State Park Passport  
  • Cardinal Crusader ($250) – Receive a double-walled thermal water bottle 
  • Buckeye Booster ($500) – Receive an official retro Ohio State Parks t-shirt from Homage 
  • Park Protector ($1,000) – Receive an insulated backpack 

View all complimentary gift options here. 

Not ready to join us yet? We welcome donations of any size at any time. Click here for a one-time donation option. 

Joining represents more than just a membership – it is a commitment to the future of Ohio State Parks. By becoming a member today, you join others who also care deeply about preserving our parks. Together, we can truly make a difference.  

Lace up your hiking boots, pump up your bike tires, grab your binoculars, load up the kayak, and become a Heart of the Parks member today! 

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