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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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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

March 31, 2020 (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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Homeschool Companion - Reima Ratti's Art

April 01, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join other homeschoolers to explore the exhibition Reima Ratti. Learn more about this artist from Waukegan, and the time period he lived and worked in, through a tour of the exhibit and hands-on activities.
 
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Wonderful Wildflowers

April 02, 2020 (05:30 PM - 07:00 PM)
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Time:05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Come celebrate spring! Stop-by to learn about the native wildflowers that are starting to bloom and plant one to take home.
 
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Acoustic Bat Monitoring Workshop

April 02, 2020 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Workshop for Acoustic Bat Monitoring
 
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Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

April 03, 2020 (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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Birdwatching Hot Spots

April 04, 2020 (07:30 AM - 09:30 AM)
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Time:07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Join us at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for waterfowl, marsh birds and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.
 
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Walk with a Naturalist: Fox River

April 04, 2020 (09:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Take a stroll around Fox River Forest Preserve to enjoy the river view that makes this site so special.
 
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Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods

April 04, 2020 (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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Apr

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

April 05, 2020 (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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