Our mission is to engage in protecting and restoring the treasured natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and to enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities.

We will do this by encouraging and administering private gifts to further the Forest Preserves’ mission and goals.

In 2012, the Foundation actively started raising private funds, hosting the first Conservation Cup, its annual golf benefit. That year the Foundation granted $3,500 to the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

In 2017, the Foundation granted $203,260 to Conservation Corps, nature art and other programs that enhance experiences in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Over its lifetime, the Foundation has granted in excess of $1.2 millon toward its primary goal: increasing access for all to the Cook County Forest Preserves.

With our new Strategic Plan, we outline how the Foundation will build on its significant strengths and leverage the full potential of its collective resources, including leadership and financial capital to keep the Preserves healthy and accessible to all.


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