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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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Jun

Restoration Workday: Old School

June 27, 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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Time:12:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations. Tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 
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Nature Open House

June 27, 2019 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Live animals, crafts and guided activities will introduce you to some of the creatures that call this preserve home.
 
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Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

June 28, 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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Jun

Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove

June 28, 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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Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff

June 29, 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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Fireflies by Firelight

June 29, 2019 (08:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us for a fun-filled evening learning about these fascinating insects and how to make your yard an oasis for them.
 
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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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Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods

June 30, 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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Pop Up Paddle: Kayak

July 01, 2019 (09:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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

July 02, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Drop in a line and see if the fish are biting. We’ll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 
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Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

July 02, 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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Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods

July 02, 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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Time:07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 
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Bees and Other Pollinators

July 03, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Visit a touch table to discover the important role bees and other pollinators play in our environment, make a craft, and complete a pollinator scavenger hunt.
 
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Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

July 03, 2019 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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