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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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EVENTS

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Jul

Senior Series: Insects of Lake County

July 17, 2019 (09:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the insects found in your backyard, their life cycles, and the differences between beneficial and detrimental insects.
 
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Find out what plants need to grow. We’ll test soil, check the Farmers’ Almanac, and learn about pollination and insects.
 
17
Jul

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

July 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!
 
18
Jul

Restoration Workday: Old School

July 18, 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!
 
18
Jul

Birding Lake County

July 18, 2019 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Start planning your fall birding excursions by joining Nan Buckardt as she discusses birding habitats and shares her favorite places to view birds each season.
 
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Jul

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

July 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!
 
19
Jul

Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove

July 19, 2019 (11:30 AM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:11:30 AM - 02:00 PM

The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 
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Wine and Nine

July 19, 2019 04:30 PM
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Time:04:30 PM

Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 
20
Jul

Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh

July 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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Jul

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

July 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!
 
20
Jul

Pop Up Paddle: Kayak

July 20, 2019 (03:30 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Explore from a solo kayak. Watch for wildlife and learn about aquatic plants. Brief paddle instruction provided.
 
20
Jul

Rx for Health: Walking in Nature

July 20, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 
20
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Summer Night Hike

July 20, 2019 (08:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
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Time:08:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Observe wildlife after the sun sets on this 1-mile guided hike that focuses on nocturnal animal adaptations and sounds.
 
21
Jul

Grasslands of Lake County

July 21, 2019 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Explore this unique ecosystem rich in biodiversity and discover the variety of plants and animals that call it home.
 
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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
Jul

Summer Camp: Adaptation Adventures - FULL

July 22, 2019-July 26, 2019 (09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking.
 
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Jul

Summer Camp: Lake County Time Travelers

July 22, 2019-July 26, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Travel back in time by exploring the exhibit galleries at the Dunn Museum and journey through over 10,000 years of Lake County history. Campers will travel from prehistoric times to the 1930s through a variety of activities, games, crafts, and museum explorations.
 
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Jul

Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL

July 22, 2019-July 26, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included.
 
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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
Jul

Frogs

July 23, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a morning filled with leaping frogs and wiggling tadpoles. We’ll discover the unique life cycle of frogs and other amphibians during this hands-on program.
 
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Jul

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

July 23, 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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