Ancient Oaks Foundation Events

Ancient Oaks Foundation Events 2017-04-03T09:50:05+00:00

Habitat Restoration Volunteer Workdays

Join us for the rewarding work of habitat restoration.    Work days are on Saturdays of each month from 9 am until around noon.  Join our volunteer email list to keep informed about changes and additions to our regular workdays. Workday details:  Dress for the weather in clothes that you wont mind getting dirty. Adults over 16 and kids age 10 and up with an adult are welcome!  Various types of work from easy to strenuous are done throughout the year, yes, even in winter. In summer, apply insect repellent.  We provide water.  There are no bathrooms but there are bushes!. 

Upcoming Workdays

 Although we keep this information as current as possible,  join our email list [email protected] to be notified of changes in workday details.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Sat. April 8,  9 am until noon.  Brush clearing at Kuechmann Park, 626 N. Old Rand Road.  LZ                                                             April 15 – No workday- Enjoy your holiday!                                                                                                                                                  Sat. April 22, 9 am until around noon,  Kuechmann Park, 626 N. Old Rand Rd.  LZ                                                                                       Sat. April 29,  9 am until around noon, TBA                               Sat. May 6, 9 am until around noon, Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive, LZ

Special Events:                                                                                                                      Wed, 04/05/2017 – Raingardens in the Home Landscape.             Ela Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich 7:00pm to 8:00pm – Free but please register through the library  –Lake County Director of Member Services .                                                                       Greg Rajsky of True Nature  will provide an interactive lecture covering how the importance of rain gardens properly designed and maintained can perform ecosystem services that benefit the environment. Co-sponsor Ancient Oaks Foundation. Register through the Ela Library  www.eapl.or                                                                                                                                                                      Sat. May 6  11am to 3 pm KIDFEST!  Join us at Barrington’s Citizens Park for this Nature Festival and Kite Fly.  

Sat. 05/20/2017-   8 am to 9:30 am  Birds and Blossoms – Spring woodlands are full of life! We will meet for an early morning walk through the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park to look for spring migratory birds as well as the wide variety of spring wildflowers that can be found in this oak woodland. We’ll also learn about the habitat restoration that is taking place in this park and other parks around the Village. Cost $3 /person, $5 per family. Register through the Parks and Rec. Dept. or call 847-438-5161  Ages 6 and up. Sponsored by the Ancient Oaks Foundation.













Join AOF as we “Save the Monarch”

  THANK YOU to Mayor Tom Poynton who has taken the Mayors Monarch Pledge.  Lake Zurich is now in the Mayors Monarch Leadership Circle.

The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90%  in the past 10 years.  This is mainly due to a decrease in milkweed habitat which is needed for reproduction and as a food source for caterpillars. Overuse of pesticides is also a contributing factor.

But the Save the Monarch program seeks to reverse this trend through awareness and, more importantly, giving humans the tools needed to help save the monarch in their own back yards.

The Ancient Oaks Foundation is heading this effort here in the Lake Zurich area.  We have already established several butterfly friendly gardens in Lake Zurich. 

We will be providing FREE milkweed seed packets just for the asking!   Contact us through our email: [email protected], give us your name and address and we will mail you a packet asap.            NOW AVAILABLE: Free Bee Balm seeds.  Also know as Wild Bergamot, this beautiful lavender flower is an important source of nectar to all kinds of pollinators.  Contact us to receive a free packet.


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Thank you to everyone who attended Trivia Night!  We had a blast and appreciate your support.

 AOF Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.  Please email us at “Contact” or [email protected]  with comments or questions.

FREE MILKWEED SEED!  Contact us through our email [email protected] with your name and address and we will send you a packet of milkweed seed in the mail.  Now is the time to plant milkweed seed so that it will germinate in the spring.  Planting instructions are included.  Help save this iconic but declining species by planting milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat.  Help Save The Monarch!

NOW AVAILABLE!  Bee Balm seed.  Also know as wild bergamot, this beautiful lavender flower is loved by all kinds of pollinators.  Contact us at [email protected] give us your address and we will send you a packet of seeds