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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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Dec

Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods

December 15, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

December 15, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Fox River and Wagner Fen

December 15, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove

December 15, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods

December 16, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

December 16, 2018 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Symbols of Illinois: Cardinal

December 16, 2018 (01:30 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial (1818–2018) by learning about our state symbols. This is the final program in the 10-part series about the origin and natural history of the symbols. May include a brief walk.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

December 18, 2018 (09:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 18, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 19, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Tinkering Through Time: Potawatomi Art

December 19, 2018 (03:30 PM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

From beadwork to pottery, learn about different Potawatomi art forms, then create your own work of art.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Old School

December 20, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Dec

Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial

December 20, 2018 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

As the Illinois Bicentennial celebration comes to a close, hear Raupp Museum curator, Debbie Fandrei, discuss artifacts from the book 200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Then view a number of these artifacts on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery.
 

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