About Us

A message from the Executive Director of the Lake Metroparks,
Paul Palagyi

The Lake Parks Foundation is a critical member of the Lake Metroparks team. The Foundation helps Lake Metroparks fulfill its mission to protect the unique natural resources of Lake County and provide our visitors of all ages with quality outdoor programs and experiences.  Lake Metroparks would not be the outstanding park system that it is today without the continuing support it receives from our friends at the Lake Parks Foundation.

Education About Our Natural Heritage

Since 1989, the Lake Parks Foundation a nonprofit organization, has worked in concert with the Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners and staff. The Lake Parks Foundation has provided invaluable support to the citizens of Lake County in nourishing one of Lake County’s finest assets: its park system.

Your Lake Parks Foundation

Through the Lake Parks Foundation, you can make a difference for the Lake Metroparks. The Lake Parks Foundation funding supports various projects throughout the park system as well as providing scholarships for children giving them the opportunity to experience the parks, and programs that would not otherwise be possible.

Because of gifts given through the Lake Parks Foundation:

  • More than 900 children per year are awarded scholarships and camperships
  • Nearly 2000 injured or orphaned animals are cared for at the nationally recognized state of the art Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation each year.
  • Educational exhibits at Farmpark provide hands-on learning experiences
  • Lake Metroparks conservation initiatives receive additional support through funding for natural resource projects

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