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Lake County Forest Preserves | Preservation, Restoration, Education and Recreation

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The Preservation Foundation is the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves. It supports the growth, development and sustainability of our region’s natural lands and cultural heritage.

Like a root system pulls vital nutrients from the soil, the Preservation Foundation drives the mission of the Forest Preserves by responsibly directing funds to projects and programs of the Forest Preserves that might otherwise go unfunded.

Donations to the Preservation Foundation make possible the programs, places and priorities of the Forest Preserves—from the Dunn Museum and summer concert series at Independence Grove to the Green Youth Farm, Gateways Grants for schools, Adopt-a-Turtle program, and habitat restoration.

When you support the Preservation Foundation, you nourish your Lake County Forest Preserves so that they might not merely exist, but grow and thrive.


We Hit our Fundraising Goal For Greenbelt!

Thanks to a Community Stewardship Challenge Grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, every dollar raised to restore Greenbelt Forest Preserve (North Chicago) was matched with $3! This grant will supply volunteers with native woodland seeds and wetland plants to replace the buckthorn thickets and other invasive species that have been degrading this site for decades.

We exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $7,500 and reached 400 hours of volunteer service at Greenbelt! Thank you to everyone who helped us get there!

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EVENTS

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Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 22, 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.
 
22
Sep

Virtual Program-Family Walk with me Tree ID

September 22, 2020 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Embark on a virtual exploration outdoors as we search for oaks. Put on your keen sense of observation as we discover clues that help you identify oaks and other trees.
A list of preserves and trails will be recommended if you would like to observe along outside. You follow your trail and I’ll follow mine and we'll all see what we find in common and what's different.
 
22
Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 22, 2020 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.
 
22
Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 22, 2020 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

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22
Sep
 
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Time:07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Covid-19 has proven that time outdoors is more important than ever. Gain strategies for incorporating outdoor time into “new normal” routines. Gather simple outdoor ideas for supporting kids’ during this time.
 
23
Sep

Virtual Program: Magical Mystery Grapevine Tour

September 23, 2020 (01:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Enter through the magical grapevine archway into a land of imagination where anything is possible. Allow your young ones to explore and collect natural materials from your yard or neighborhood. We will then explore ways to play, create and build. What magical experiences and new creations will we encounter?
 
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Sep

Virtual Program-Backyard Bioblitz

September 23, 2020 (06:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Learn how to become a citizen scientist and about a variety of resources that will help you discover the biodiversity of your own backyard.
 
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Sep
 
Event's details

Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.

Seniors only time slot: Thursdays, 10am-11:30am
 
24
Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 24, 2020 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.

 
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Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 24, 2020 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.

 
24
Sep

Virtual Program Native Plant Landscaping

September 24, 2020 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Native plants provide homes and food for our native wildlife, and natural beauty to our home landscapes. Join us to learn more about how to bring native plants into your garden.
 
26
Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 26, 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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26
Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 26, 2020 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Event's details

Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.

 
26
Sep

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

September 26, 2020 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Event's details

Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Purchase your General Admission Dunn Museum tickets for specific time slots.
 
28
Sep
 
Event's details

Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leaves come in all shapes and sizes. In this Zoom program, we will explore the different varieties of leaves and some fun things to do with them.
 

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