AOF Featured in LZHS Bear Facts Paper

A spring of flowers, a handmade boardwalk, and an array of wildlife, insects, and birds are just some examples of nature conservation that would not be present in LZ without the work of the Ancient Oaks Foundation.

Ten years ago, Judi Thode, president of the Ancient Oaks Foundation(AOF), began as a volunteer with others in the Village of Lake Zurich’s parks department. According to Thode, she and seven members of AOF, with the help of various other volunteers, have restored Lake Zurich’s open areas from invasive wetlands to beautiful, thriving hubs for wildlife. Essentially, this foundation is dedicated to the “preservation and restoration of Lake Zurich area’s oak woodlands and natural areas,” Thode said.