In 2014 we became a 501c3 non profit and were renamed the Ancient Oaks Foundation. Our dedicated volunteers have changed a declining oak woodland at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive, into an area that is full of wildlife, birds, native grasses and flowers. People are now walking and biking its trails, bird watching, and just getting away from it all. It is truly a gem in the Villages’ park system.
We have added to our body of restoration work and now help the villages care for the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, the Community Services building demonstration wetland, Echo Point ( across from the Nature Park), Kuechmann Arboretum, the demonstration raingarden at Paulus Park, the South Oak Grove at Paulus Park, the oak woodland remnant at the Lake Zurich High School, Manor Park Pond, Breezewald Park Pollinator Garden, the Brierwood Preserve in Hawthorn Woods and the Barn Pollinator Garden at Paulus Park . We are a partner with the Village of Lake Zurich and other municipalities in preserving these important natural areas, and work with private landowners to educate them in the care of oaks and other natural areas on private property. We also provide outdoor educational opportunities for all ages, bird nesting box monitoring, opportunities for service hour work days and scout badges.