Forest Preserve Foundation

Forest Preserve Foundation Awards 3 Grants to Support FPCC Initiatives

During the Forest Preserve Foundation’s spring grants cycle, three grants totaling $152,500 in support of Forest Preserves of Cook County initiatives were approved.

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Galloping Hill Fen Benefits from Restoration Efforts Thanks to Grant

Tucked away in Barrington’s 4,000-acre Spring Creek preserves is the tiny, but ecologically significant, Galloping Hill Fen. This 0.125-acre habitat and surrounding area recently benefited from restoration work thanks to a grant from the Forest Preserve Foundation and Oberweiler Foundation.

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A Note from the Forest Preserve Foundation

By Shelley Davis, Executive Director of Forest Preserve Foundation   Since its inception, the Forest Preserve Foundation has granted more than $980,000 to programs that support and enhance the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We help young people who work as paid interns in the Forest Preserves. We support restoration volunteers. And we fund programming for youth and families to have fun in nature.

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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.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Awards 5 Grants to Support FPCC Initiatives

During the Forest Preserve Foundation’s fall grants cycle, five grants totaling nearly $130,000 in support of Forest Preserves of Cook County initiatives were approved.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Heads into 2017 with Fresh Logo, Messaging

The Forest Preserve Foundation is closing 2016 on a high note. Over the past 12 months, it began to implement its first strategic plan while elevating its visibility and brand with a new logo and strong messaging campaign developed by a pro bono creative team at Leo Burnett.

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Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Teaches, Inspires Youth

Three years ago, Lance Williams was looking for an opportunity to try something new. As a 15-year-old with an interest and curiosity about nature, Lance found that opportunity by becoming a crew member with the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps. Today, Lance has moved up to the role of Apprentice Crew Leader, and his initial interest has since transformed into a passion guiding future plans and goals.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Serves Communities While Serving the Preserves

As a relatively new organization, the Forest Preserve Foundation began with a big goal: to increase opportunities for everyone in Cook County to enjoy the many benefits of spending time in the preserves. By working with a variety of partners and aligning their mission with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the foundation worked toward achieving their goal in a major way this year.

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Youth Raise $775 for Thatcher Woods

With any luck, Thatcher Woods in River Forest will soon support more spring wildflowers, oak saplings, butterflies, salamanders and woodpeckers thanks to Maeve Mascarenhas of Forest Park and Carl Faust of River Forest, both 11. The philanthropist pair wrote a check for $775 to the Forest Preserve Foundation for the purchase of equipment to be used for habitat restoration work at Thatcher, one of their favorite preserves.   The pair raised the money over the holiday season, selling 129 five-packs of handmade cards featuring their own nature photography to family, friends and community members. That’s a lot of cards! The Forest Preserves thanks Maeve and Carl for supporting the critical restoration of local native ecosystems.

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Young Philanthropists for the Woods

Two friends use creativity to raise funds for their favorite preserve   Inspired by many hours spent at Thatcher Woods with their families, Maeve Mascarenhas of Forest Park and Carl Faust of River Forest, both 11, have chosen this River Forest site for their annual "Giving Project."   The two friends have been selling hand-made projects for the past five years to benefit animals and the environment. This year, they have produced postcards featuring their own nature photographs to raise money for the Forest Preserve Foundation. The funds will be directed toward the purchase of restoration equipment to be used by site stewards and Conservation Corps workers.   Anyone inspired by these caring young individuals may purchase their artwork by contacting carl@faustintel.com or match their efforts with a gift to the Forest Preserve Foundation.

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Create a Lasting Memory in the Forest Preserves

Dedicate a tree or bench and make a positive impact on the environment. Those seeking an environmentally friendly way to honor a loved one, commemorate an event or even mark a new beginning, now have a new option in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With a donation to the Forest Preserve Foundation, families and individuals have the opportunity to dedicate a tree or bench that can be cherished for years to come. These gifts go even further by supporting the Foundation's efforts to inspire children through education and outdoor adventure programs in their local preserves.  

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