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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 Greenbelt

Thanks to a Community Stewardship Challenge Grant from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, every dollar raised to restore Greenbelt Forest Preserve (North Chicago) 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 Greenbelt. Help us get there!

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Dec

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

December 15, 2019 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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

The Science Behind Snowflakes

December 15, 2019 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Drop-in to learn more about how these amazingly unique snow crystals are formed.
 
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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

December 17, 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!
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 17, 2019 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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

Restoration Workday: Old School

December 19, 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!
 
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Lunchtime Tours: Winter in Lake County

December 19, 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


Examine the megafauna of the Ice Age, Potawatomi wigwams, ice harvesting on Diamond Lake and more to learn how Lake County has survived and thrived in the cold.
 
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Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 19, 2019 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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

Preserving Lake County History

December 19, 2019 (06:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Step back in time to meet the individuals whose efforts preserved Lake County’s historical and natural heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

December 20, 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!
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 20, 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!
 
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Dec

Sunrise Stroll

December 21, 2019 (07:00 AM - 08:30 AM)
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Time:07:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Greet the day with a peaceful walk while watching the sun rise over Lake Michigan.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove

December 21, 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!
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

December 21, 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!
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Heron Creek

December 21, 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!
 
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Dec

Solstice Glow Walk

December 21, 2019 04:30 PM
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Time:04:30 PM

The amount of daylight starts increasing today; let's celebrate by taking a late afternoon hike. We will provide glow sticks and the trail to explore.
 

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