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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.


Quadruple Your Gift For Grassy Lake

Thanks to a Community Stewardship Challenge Grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, every dollar raised to restore Grassy Lake (Lake Barrington) will be matched with $3, giving your $100 gift a $400 impact!  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 have until October 2019 to hit our $7,000 fundraising goal and reach 400 hours of volunteer service at Grassy Lake. Help us get there!

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Calendar of Events

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EVENTS

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Apr

Comic Book Cover Contest

April 01, 2019-June 01, 2019 (08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Draw or paint your own original comic book cover. Be inspired by your favorite characters or create a cover of your own. Submit your cover art to the Dunn Museum by June 1, for a chance to win a guided tour of the Marvelocity exhibition with comic book artist, Alex Ross!
 
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Apr

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

April 21, 2019 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
22
Apr

Earth Week: Pond Study

April 22, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day by collecting and identifying pond critters, and learn how scientists use this
information to determine the health of our ponds, lakes and rivers.
 
23
Apr
 
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
23
Apr

Earth Week: Playdate with Nature

April 23, 2019 (03:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial.
 
24
Apr

Senior Series: Native Plant Landscaping

April 24, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 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.
 
25
Apr

Restoration Workday: Old School

April 25, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
25
Apr

Earth Week: Buckthorn Busters

April 25, 2019 (12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Grab your work gloves and drop in to help improve habitat health.
 
25
Apr

Earth Week-Salamander Storytime

April 25, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Meet a live salamander, participate in an interactive story, and hike on the trail in search of local salamander species.
 
26
Apr

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

April 26, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
26
Apr

Lunchtime Tours: Foodways

April 26, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Discover the many ways people have produced, prepared and consumed food in Lake County.
 
26
Apr

Earth Week: Amazing Race Letterboxing

April 26, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Bring the family and go on an amazing race adventure by following letterbox clues while learning more about Lake County plants & animals. The walk will be approximately 0.5 mile.
 
27
Apr

Earth Week: Shoreline Stewards

April 27, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Make a big impact by becoming a shoreline steward! Learn about watersheds and then complete a shoreline cleanup. Get a group together and come out! The Earth appreciates your efforts.
 
27
Apr

Rx for Health: Walking in Nature

April 27, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join a health professional and an environmental educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

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