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Making a gift to the Metroparks Foundation to maintain the beauty of the 13 Metroparks along the Huron and Clinton Rivers is a fitting way to honor a friend or remember a loved one. Your contribution helps ensure that the beauty of the Metroparks will be preserved for generations to come.

If you have questions, please contact

Recognition Bench Sponsorship Program

Our recognition bench sponsorship program through the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Foundation is in the process of doing an inventory of all bench location sites throughout the 13 Metroparks.

At this time, we are not accepting any new family bench sponsorships, as we want to make sure that location sites for families fit well within our Master Plans for each of the parks. Thank you for your understanding and we will continue to update our progress on the website.

Should you have any questions, please contact Julie A. Hein, Foundation and Development Manager at

Recognition Tree Sponsorship Program

Individuals or organizations may make a contribution to the Metroparks Foundation for placement of tree(s) in a Metropark based upon the following criteria:

  • Recognition Tree – $500 minimum – The donor may specify the variety of tree planted (from the list below) and the park where it is to be located. The donor will receive a certificate of appreciation, and a 1 W’ x 2 W’ (approximately) engraved brass plate mounted on a wooden master plaque, which will be located in the Park Office. Trees are planted spring and/or fall. Donors will be provided with a photo and approximate location via e-mail.
  • Engraved plate information. The Metroparks have final approval of the donor plate inscription. There is a maximum of four lines, each with a maximum of 20 letters, numbers and/or spaces.

For information, please contact

Enclosed is a list of available trees for the tree donation program. These trees are locally grown and should perform well.  Please note, some species may not be available at the time of the donation and an alternative selection may be required. These trees should have a 2 ½” diameter trunk.

Shade Trees:

  • Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
  • Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
  • Red maple (Acer freemanii or rubrum)
  • Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
  • Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica)
  • Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
  • Hackberry (Celtus occidentalis)

Shade Trees Wet Soil:

  • Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
  • American elm (Ulmus sp., resistant varieties, hybrids)
  • American basswood (Tilia americana)
  • American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
  • Pin oak (Quercus palustris)

Ornamental Understory- Smaller Trees:

  • Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • Red bud (Cercis canadensis)
  • River birch (Betula nigra)
  • Crabapple Varieties (Malus sp.)
  • Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)
  • Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)
  • Autumn brilliance serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora)
  • Robin Hill serviceberry (Amelanchier x Robin Hill)
  • American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
  • American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
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