Thanks to the support of our donors, here is a list of our projects to date:

  • Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park (Lions Drive) – We are in our 10th year of habitat restoration and
    we’re nearing the finish line. Our volunteers have removed invasives from eight acres of this rare oak
    woodland. A self-guided nature walk provides an informative look at Wild Lake Zurich.
  • Breezewald Park Prairie Patch (Old Rand Road) – Volunteers have removed weeds and debris, and
    replanted this pollinator friendly wildflower garden.
  • Community Services Wetland (Telser Road) – We have cleared invasives and seeded native prairie
    and wetland species, making this a wonderful demonstration wetland for the surrounding businesses in
    the Industrial Park to emulate.
  • Kuechmann Park (Old Rand Road) Five of eight acres of this oak woodland have been improved by
    removing invasives and replanting native flower and grass seed.
  • Service Opportunities for Scouts, churches, schools and businesses.
  • Educational Programs: Owl Walk, Buckthorn Busters, Raingarden Basics, and Winter Tree
    Identification are just a few of the many public programs sponsored by AOF. We are also instrumental
    in becoming a Save the Monarch community.
  • Heritage Oak Registry: This program encourages private landowners to celebrate their oak trees with
    an assessment and inclusion in our Heritage Oak Gallery.
  • AOF Communications: The monthly Acorn email and quarterly Seedling print newsletter, keep our
    supporters and friends in touch with AOF’s projects and activities.

Supplies Needed to Support Our Conservation Programs in 2019

Lopers – $600 (10@$60)

Bow Saws – $250 (5@$50)

Sprayers – $200 (4@$50)

Log carts – $500 (2@$250)

Water coolers – $70 (2@$35)

Seed Cleaning supplies – $350 (1 set@$350)

Seed collection aprons – $225 (5@$45)

Kid-sized buckets – $30 (10@$3)

Hand lenses – $900 (20@$45)

Speaker fees for one year – $1,000 (5@$200)

Aquatic Nets – large – $700 (10@$70)

Aquatic Nets – small – $200 (10@$20)

Field Scopes – $140 (10@$14)

Collection Trays – $150 (10@$15)

ID Books and Posters – $100 (5@$20)

Tarps – $100 (4@$25)

Field Insect Nets – $160 (4@$40)

Insect Catch and Release Containers – $150 (6@$25)

Bug Boxes – large and small – $90 (6@$15)

Binoculars – child and adult size – $1,400 (20@$70)

All Guidebooks for the Natural World – $375 (15@$25)

Local Bird Printed Guides – $100 (50@$2)

Software and Database – $5,000