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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.


Give, Naturally

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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Calendar of Events

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Apr

Self-Guided Program-Trivia Trails HERON CREEK

April 01, 2021-April 30, 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
 
17
Apr

Virtual Program-Native Plant Landscaping

April 17, 2021 (09:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.
 
17
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 17, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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17
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 17, 2021 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

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17
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 17, 2021 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

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18
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Earth Day Every Day

April 18, 2021 (01:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” - Wendell Berry
Start Earth Week off right! Join in virtually to learn some interesting facts about Earth Day as we explore ways to celebrate our planet each and every day.
 
19
Apr
 
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Head outdoors to a nearby woodland or your own back yard. Let's go exploring to see what interesting treasures nature will reveal to us at this time of year. Share your finds virtually from a smart phone or tablet. Or watch from home, get inspired, then head outdoors for your own adventure.
 
20
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 20, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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20
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 20, 2021 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

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20
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 20, 2021 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

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20
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Nocturnal Animals

April 20, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Whooo is calling in the night? Come discover which nocturnal animals call Lake County home and how to catch a glimpse of these often mysterious creatures in this FREE program in honor of Earth week!
 
21
Apr
 
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hear the Great Depression era story of a young, untried Waukegan artist, Reima Victor Ratti. This presentation will share details of the artist's days in the CCC and his artistic inspirations. We will also take a closer look at his artwork from the Dunn Museum's collection
 
21
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Frogs of Lake County

April 21, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Join us virtually to learn about the lifecycle and different species of frogs that call Lake County home during this FREE program in honor of Earth week!
 
22
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 22, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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22
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 22, 2021 (12:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

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22
Apr

General Admission Dunn Museum Timed Ticket

April 22, 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.

 
22
Apr
 
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Whether you are new to native gardening or a seasoned veteran, these interactive monthly Zoom presentations cover a variety of topics about native plants and how to use them in your home landscapes.
 
22
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Bird Watching Basics

April 22, 2021 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

We'll share tips, equipment needs and tactics to get started in bird watching.
 
23
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Wetlands

April 23, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Join us for a virtual exploration of the wetlands at Rollins Savanna. Discover some of the plants and animals that can be found there. Learn why wetlands are important and what you can do to help.
 

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