Your donation to the Forest Preserve Foundation will give more children a chance to explore nature, science and adventure in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.  The opportunities we provide our youth and the health of our forest preserves go hand in hand. The Forest Preserve Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  The Forest Preserve Foundation now accepts gifts of stock as an easy and mutually beneficial giving opportunity for individuals who wish to make a charitable contribution. Contact the Forest Preserve Foundation for more details.  Please click on one of the options below to direct your gift. 

Support the Foundation

Mission Critical Programs Support the Foundation's mission and give where it's needed most. Your support will benefit nature, education and community development programs in preserves across Cook County. You may also honor a  special person or occasion with a tribute gift in this category. The honoree will receive a beautiful card noting your donation in their honor.

I Love My Preserve Choose a specific preserve or nature center to receive your gift. Your support will benefit nature, trail maintenance, education, and other initiatives at that site. You will receive information about your preserve and how your donation is making a difference. You may also honor a special person or occasion with a tribute gift in this category. The honoree will receive a beautiful card noting your donation in their honor.

Tree and Bench Dedication Honor a special person or occasion by dedicating a tree or bench in the preserves. We will work with you to choose a meaningful location for your gift. Each dedication is accompanied by an engraved plaque or leaf on our Giving Tree. The perfect thoughtful, green gift for anytime.

Conservation Cup Support the Forest Preserve Foundation's annual golf benefit, our biggest fundraiser.  Join us on Sept. 13, 2018 at the beautiful George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, Ill. Conservation Cup raised $183,000 in 2017 to support youth and family outdoor education, workplace training, and camping programs in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Contact us for more information.

Young Professionals Association Support the events and initiatives of the Foundation's Young Professionals Association. Meet like-minded individuals working (and playing) in support of Forest Preserve programs to positively impact the health of the nature and of youth in Cook County.

The Giving Tree  All individual donations $500 and up will be recognized with an engraved leaf on our handcrafted Giving Tree. Memorial gifts at this level will include the honoree's name. Giving Trees are located at the Forest Preserves' General Headquarters in River Forest and at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs. Donors may choose the location of their choice.

Giving Trees honor individual donors who have made generous gifts to the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Forest Preserve Foundation. These gifts keep on giving by enhancing the integrity of our Forest Preserves for nature and for people.

Giving Trees are crafted from ash trees that were removed from the preserves because of damage from the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle species. The Forest Preserves’ Wood Reclamation Project honors the continued beauty and usefulness of trees long after they leave our forests.

Forest Preserve Program Wishlist 

Purchase supplies that directly support youth working and learning in the preserves.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Conservation Corps members are working on-the-ground, year around, in all sorts of weather. Their hard work is helping us to restore our Forest Preserves back to health. These hard-working youth have requested certain items essential to accomplish this critical work. They also made a special request to have camping gear available for the Conservation Corps Crews.

Many of the members have never had the opportunity to camp… until now. Camping builds trust and a strong team bond while also nurturing a love for the preserves and nature.

Show these young people your support and send them wishlist items via today!

Did you know that the Forest Preserve Foundation can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you?  Amazon donates 0.5% of each purchase to the non-profit organizations of your choice and the Forest Preserve Foundation is one of those organizations.

Here’s how:  Go to  Sign into your account and a “pop up” page will appear. On the right side of the page, at the bottom is a “search” window.  Type in: Forest Preserve Foundation and click the search button.  Click on the top one and you are done.  Your donations will be automatic for any purchase within the Amazon Smile program (which is most merchandise). You can also use the link to the left.

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