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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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Virtual Program Animal Habitats Badge

May 31, 2020 (10:00 AM - 10:45 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Visit a forest preserve virtually and visit with five of the education animals that call Lake County home. We will learn about where they can be found, what covers their body and how it fits into the food chain. Then we will learn about an endangered habitat and what we can do to help it out.
 
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Virtual Program Fur, Feathers and Ferns

May 31, 2020 (11:15 AM - 11:45 AM)
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Time:11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Visit a forest preserve virtually and learn about the site and habitat of the area. Then we will talk about one animal that has become extinct and see one animal that is currently endangered.
 
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Virtual Program Hiker Badge

May 31, 2020 (12:15 PM - 12:45 PM)
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Time:12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Visit a forest preserve virtually and learn how to read a trail map and choose a route that works for your group. We will also discuss how to pick the right gear for your hike and see an animal common to Lake County.
 
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Virtual Program Earth Rocks

May 31, 2020 (01:15 PM - 01:45 PM)
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Time:01:15 PM - 01:45 PM

Visit a forest preserve virtually and learn what geology is and why it is important. Then join me as we identify five rocks commonly found in Lake County.
 

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