Golf for Good at Annual Conservation Cup

The beauty of the Forest Preserves of Cook County is that everyone can enjoy the treasures it contains. These treasures require many people and resources to maintain, as the preserves stretch across nearly 70,000 acres of publicly accessible land.


To fill many gaps that government dollars can’t cover, the Forest Preserve Foundation serves as the Forest Preserves’ philanthropic partner. It was founded with the vision that government needs additional support from private sources to provide programming that engages all the communities of Cook County. Since its founding in 2012, the Foundation has contributed more than $740,000 in funds that support paid summer internships for youth, public art installations, family access to campgrounds, birding activities and gifts to recognize the contributions of dedicated volunteers.


One of the primary ways the Foundation raises funds to support the Forest Preserves is through its annual Conservation Cup golf outing. The Foundation will host its 6th annual Conservation Cup on Thursday, September 14 at the George W. Dunne National Golf Course in Oak Forest, which by the way, is on forest preserve land.


Net proceeds from the event will go toward grants that continue the Foundation’s support of youth engagement in nature-based programs. Young people involved in the Conservation Corps program help with restoration projects in the preserves and gain valuable knowledge and experience that set them on a course for productive futures.


Golfers of all levels can take part in the Conservation Cup, knowing that whether they score a hole-in-one or just end up enjoying a beautiful day on a public course, it will be a time well spent. We like to call it “Golfing for good.”


You can find more information about the Conservation Cup here.


Shelley A. Davis

President, Forest Preserve Foundation

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County