ComEd/Openlands grant to the Village of Lake Zurich for the parcel located at 351 Lions Drive.
Volunteers at Kuechmann are clearing away brush from this rare oak woodland to reveal beautiful white oaks.
Boardwalk before(l) and after(r) restoration. The area is now full of sunlight and flowers are thriving. Justin G added handrails on the boardwalk to make it safer.
Community Service Wetlands Project
Community Service building on Telser Road. The wetland after(l) herbiciding of invasive plants and a much needed prescribed burn. Judi is spreading native seeds. Two years later(r), this healthy wetland is home to a variety of wildlife, insects and birds.
Breezewald Prairie Patch Project
Before restoration(l) the patch is choked with weeds. After(r) it's becoming a favorite of pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
Nature Park Entrance Project
Nature park entrance before(l) and after(r) restoration
Nature Park Project
Nature park before(l) and 7 years after(r) restoration.
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.