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 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 provides $2 million dollars through donor fund raising efforts
- 2003: Nature Scopes program kicks off; 6200 students have participated from 2003 through 2015
- 2011: Observatory Park opens; $2.2 million dollars donated through the foundation for Observatory Park and the adjacent Nassau Observatory.
- 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