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Fortmaking with Friends

Kuechmann Arboretum 626 N. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL, United States

Join us to build a fort using materials we find in the woodland. You will build our own self-styled fort. You can work as a team or build your own fort. These forts will be designed for play and dismantled after the program. Dress for the weather. Kids only! A seasonal snack will be served. [...]


7th Annual Trivia Night

Kemper Lakes Golf Club 24000 N. Old McHenry Road, Kildeer, IL, United States

Our 7th annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 6-10 pm at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. This popular event consists of a light casual dinner, drinks, team trivia, raffle baskets, games and a silent auction.  And, NEW THIS YEAR - a little Karaoke fun!  Past participants rave about [...]


Give Native Plants A Home

Ela Public Library 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL, United States

Join Ancient Oaks Foundation's Alicia Timm and learn how to identify the habitats in your yard and welcome the perfect native plants that will succeed. Using a Power Point presentation and handouts, Timm will provide multiple regional resources. Participants will receive a discount coupon to Hawthorn Gardens. Bring the natural beauty home!   Register on [...]

Environmental Scholarship Opportunity

The Ancient Oaks Foundation is offering a scholarship for up to $1,000 to students interested in pursuing an environmental career.  Submissions are open until May 1st, 2022. A winner will be announced by May 24th, 2022.  Find more information and Apply Now!

Meet the Invaders! Bullies of the Midwestern Landscape

Ela Public Library 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, IL, United States

What is an Invasive Plant species? How do we know which ones are invasive? Using images, live specimens and other resources, a representative from Ancient Oaks Foundation will explain how to identify invasive plant species that regularly show up in our nature areas. Learn the hard facts about why these plants are so detrimental to [...]

Art in Trees at Kuechmann Kove Nature Playscape

Kuechmann Arboretum 626 N. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL, United States

Starting on June 13th and continuing until June 18th, artist Eric Widitz will be creating a wood-cut sculpture from an old oak tree at the Kuechmann Kove Nature Playscape in Lake Zurich. For more information click here. Please consider donating to the creation of this historic sculpture at the arboretum.

Spider Safari 2022

Kuechmann Arboretum 626 N. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, IL, United States

Looking for adventure? Join us on our safari to see how many different kinds of spiders live at Kuechmann Arboretum! We will be using different methods of capture and release. As learn new spidery skills, we will identify the spider families. All creatures will be released! Wear close toed shoes, long pants and be [...]


Wings and Talons

Hawthorn Woods Village Hall Barn 2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods, IL

Ancient Oaks Foundation and The Village of Hawthorn Woods are hosting Wings and Talons. Come enjoy this live show of some of our region’s birds of prey. All are welcome to learn about the role raptors play in Hawthorn Woods’ environment. 7:00-8:30PM Friday Feb 24th, 2023 Village Hall Barn (2 Lagoon Drive) Register online!  [...]

Dabblers & Divers

Breezewald Park 125 N. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL, United States

AGES: 12+ YEARS OLD Area ponds and lakes including Lake Zurich’s own, host a wide array of waterfowl during the spring migration. Join AOF as we explore the wet world of over twenty species of these spectacular visitors. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Bird guides if you have them. LOCATION: Breezewald Park, [...]


Spring Wildflowers Show!

Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park 500 Lions Drive, Lake Zurich, IL, United States

The spring wildflowers can be fleeting! We will visit multiple sites where Ancient Oaks volunteers work hard to provide the perfect conditions for this grand seasonal spectacular. Not only will the flowers be blooming but the pollinators will be awakening! Ages 12+



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