The Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure

On November 11, 2011 the Geauga Park District held a reception at the West Woods Nature Center to officially introduce the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure as a memorial to the late Geauga County Probate & Juvenile Court Judge.

Judge Charles “Chip” Henry, 53, was killed while riding his bicyle on Rapids Rd in Troy Township on May 23.

As members of the Henry family spoke they described him as someone who loved youth and had a passion for the outdoors.  Because of this, a volunteer steering committee comprised of local leaders along with family memebers created the Chip Henry Institute. “I was humbled by the fact that I was asked to be a part of this committee” said Sheriff Dan McClelland.

The Geauga Park District describes Judge Henry as, “one whose life’s work and passion was to make a lasting impact on young people, and who believed that adventures in nature are critical to healthy development.”

The vision of the Institute will be to offer premier programs for youth that will provide skills and experiences leading to life-long pursuits of exploring and enjoying the natural world through outdoor adventure.

The Chip Henry Institute will initially include the park’s general offerings for individual youths, school groups and scouts. Additionally, new opportunities are being created and will evolve overtime to including day camps and other outdoor programs.

Memorial contributions to the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure may be made payable to Geauga Park District Foundation, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024. Please note Chip Henry Institute on your donation memo.

For questions about donations to Geauga Park District Foundation, please contact Emilie Gottsegen at 440-279-0835 or


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