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Green Gifts


Honor a loved one, mark an anniversary, or welcome a child or grandchild into the world while contributing to the beauty and enjoyment of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Purchase a tree or bench through the Preservation Foundation’s Green Gifts program and your philanthropic contribution will create a lasting legacy for your family and all of Lake County. Terms and conditions »

Commemorative Benches

Millions of visitors spend time all throughout our beautiful forest preserves. Your bench will offer lasting enjoyment for preserve and trail users and a meaningful way to mark an occasion or celebrate a loved one. Benches are available for installation along developed trails at most of our preserves and come with a 3-by-1.5-inch plaque engraved with your personalized inscription. Bench options include:

trailsideThe Trailside Bench

  • $1,250—new bench installation

  • $850—existing bench (includes refurbishing)


gardenThe Garden Bench

The fee for commemorative benches includes purchase of the bench, installation and maintenance costs, a stone pad (to meet accessibility requirements), and purchase and engraving of your recognition plaque.

commemorative-treeCommemorative Trees

Planting a tree provides donors with an opportunity to make a gift to benefit future generations and is a beautiful way to support our restoration efforts. Many donors choose this option in honor or memory of a loved one, to celebrate an occasion, or to beautify their favorite preserve. Trees come with an 8-inch bronze marker engraved with your personal inscription.

The fee for commemorative trees is $1,250, which includes purchase of the tree, installation and maintenance costs, a mulch ring, and the purchase and engraving of your recognition plaque.

Contact Us

For more information about the Green Gifts program, or to schedule a consultation at the preserve in which you are interested, please email or call Katherine O'Rourke at 847-968-3438. 

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