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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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Aug

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

August 17, 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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Aug

Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh

August 17, 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!
 
17
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Time:12:00 PM - 06:00 PM

This family-friendly event features five live bands and activities for kids. Net proceeds benefit
the Preservation Foundation.
 
17
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Rx for Health: Walking in Nature

August 17, 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.
 
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Aug
 
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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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Aug

Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods

August 18, 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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Kids Nature Funfest

August 18, 2019 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Engage in pond scooping and critter exploration, nature art, crafts and live animals.
 
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Grigsby Prairie, Barrington, IL -60010


Join our Barrington Greenway Initiative partners on a guided hike!
 
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Guided Hike Lake County

August 18, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
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Aug

Woodpecker Walk

August 20, 2019 (08:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
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Time:08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Look at the different species of woodpeckers that call Lake County home, then walk the trail to see how many you can find.
 
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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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Aug

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

August 20, 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!
 
21
Aug
 
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

How do the seasons of the year impact our food? Learn more about farm life in the 1800s and food preservation.
 
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Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

August 21, 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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Aug

Restoration Workday: Old School

August 22, 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!
 
22
Aug
 
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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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Aug

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

August 23, 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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Aug

Bess Bower Dunn Day

August 23, 2019 (10:00 AM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Happy Birthday Bess! Celebrate Bess Bower Dunn’s birthday with free admission and special
activities throughout the day.
 
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Time:04:30 PM

Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic followed by a round of 9 holes, with beer tastings and bratwurst.
 
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Community Campfire Friday Nights

August 23, 2019 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Join friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

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