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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.


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Meet Foundation Board President, Nels Leutwiler

Through his role as president, Nels Leutwiler spends a great deal of his time advocating for the Lake County Forest Preserves. “Through private philanthropy, the Foundation is able to accelerate the agency’s strategic goals and priorities,” he said. "Donations to the Foundation help to preserve and restore Lake County's natural lands and cultural resources in perpetuity.” 

Throughout 2020, forest preserves across Lake County experienced record high usage levels as people turned to nature as an escape. Leutwiler, who grew up in Lake Forest enjoying Captain Daniel Wright Woods, has been interested in environmental protection for years and is a lifelong supporter of open lands. 

Learn more about Nels Leutiwiler in this Daily Herald article, and explore giving opportunities here.

 

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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

February 27, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

February 27, 2021 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

February 27, 2021 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Learn about the natural history and special adaptations of coyotes and other wild canines in Lake County during this virtual program.
 
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Virtual Program-Maple Tree Tapping

February 28, 2021 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Join us virtually as we tap our Sugar Maple Trees at Ryerson Woods LIVE on Zoom. Learn a little about how trees work and the sweet science behind making real maple syrup.
 
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Learn the "sweet science" behind how trees make sap, and how we turn that sap into real maple syrup as you hike along this self-guided trail. Informational signs will be placed along a designated trail at Ryerson Woods for the entire month of March.
 
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Self-Guided Program-Trivia Trails

March 01, 2021-March 31, 2021 (06:30 AM - 06:00 PM)
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Time:06:30 AM - 06:00 PM

You may be walking the trails anyway so why not learn a little bit while you're there? Or perhaps this will be a new trail for you. Signs with trivia questions ranging from history, natural history and site-specific information will be placed along a designated trail.
Answers available on-site after the final trivia sign or found at www.LCFPD.org/resources
 
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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

March 02, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Mar

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

March 02, 2021 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

March 02, 2021 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

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Virtual Nature Club-Maple Syrup

March 03, 2021 (03:30 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Meet up after school virtually to learn about local nature with an experienced educator. Then put your knowledge to the test with "homework" that encourages you to explore these nature concepts in your backyard and beyond. New topic every month.
 
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Mar
 
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Starting native plants from seed can be challenging until you know the tricks to sparking germination. This virtual program will introduce you to a few basic seed-starting tricks.
 
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Mar

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

March 04, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

March 04, 2021 (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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General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

March 04, 2021 (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.

 
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Mar

Virtual Program-Book Club for Children

March 04, 2021 (03:30 PM - 04:15 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:15 PM

Join educators for this after-school book club to read "Antiracist Baby" and "Malcolm Little". This virtual club will include historical information, discussion questions, and activities
 
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Mar

Virtual Program-Family Storytime

March 04, 2021 (06:00 PM - 06:45 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 06:45 PM

Put on your pajamas and gather virtually to hear diverse and inclusive stories such as "Antiracist Baby" and "Sing a Song: How 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' Inspired Generations" before bedtime. Interact with educators through discussion, songs, and activities.
 
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Mar
 
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Join us virtually to learn tips and tricks on how to identify local and migrating waterfowl.
 

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