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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: Bats

July 14, 2020 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Discover the unique adaptations and many benefits of local bats during this online program. This presentation is intended for families with young children.
 
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Virtual Program What's Up Weather

July 16, 2020 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Register to access this virtual live presentation by LCFPD volunteer meteorologist Craig Sazama. Learn about thunderstorm and lightning safety, weather app resources and information about creating a weather station at home.
 
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Time:07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Join us virtually with friends and family to share stories of what you have been doing during this time in history. Roast marshmallows over your own fire. Share a campfire recipe, some music and/or a nature activity you have enjoyed.Join me for a backyard nature walk.
 
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Virtual Program-Fishing Camp 2

July 20, 2020-July 24, 2020 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

This virtual camp will feature a 1-hour live video session Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Educator, Mark Hurley. Each session will build on the previous day covering fish adaptations, fish pole maintenance and set up, baiting a hook, lure selection, casting techniques, hook removal, and much more. Campers will be given links to previously recorded short videos of Mark fishing at Independence Grove that can be viewed after the live sessions or on the days in-between.
 
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Virtual Program-Animal Attire Camp

July 20, 2020-July 24, 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Each day campers interact virtually with educator(s) for 30-45 minutes on video that may feature a themed-activity and a live animal(s) who is covered with fur, feathers, fins, scales or skin. Additional activities, including digital resources and crafts will be shared with campers’ parent/guardian.
 

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