nature playscape

Join Ancient Oaks Foundation: Preserve, Protect, Participate

In the month of May we are gifting New and Returning Members with free t-shirts to celebrate the 2024 Cicada Emergence Event. Four designs are available (you can preview them in our shop). Join today, help us continue our mission to preserve the natural areas for future generations. 

Choose from the membership options below:



(or $5 / month)

Great for Individuals who want to show their support!

What’s Included
  • 1 T-Shirt Gift

  • Invitation to Member-Only Events

  • AOF Window Cling

  • Seasonal Newsletters

  • Free Native Seeds w/ Planting Instructions

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(or $10 / month)

Fun for the whole family!

What’s Included
  • 2 T-Shirt Gifts

  • Invitations to Member-Only Events

  • AOF Window Cling

  • Seasonal Newsletters

  • Free Educational Events

  • Free Native Seeds w/ Planting Instructions

Oak Achiever


(or $25 / month)

Champions of the oak woodlands

What’s Included
  • All Family Beneftis, PLUS

  • 100 sq. ft. of Pollinator Friendly Native Grass & Flower Seeds planted at one of our locations.

  • Free Sweatshirt!



Champions of the oak woodlands

What’s Included
  • 1 T-Shirt Gift

  • Invitation to Member-Only Evetns

  • Seasonal Newsletters

  • Free Native Seeds w/ Planting Instructions

Become a Member

Why Join Ancient Oaks Foundation?

Be Green

By joining Ancient Oaks Foundation, you’ll be proudly associated with Ela Township’s ONLY local conservation group, showing your commitment to protecting our precious environment.

Show You Care

Your family and friends will admire your dedication to our local environment, knowing that you’re actively contributing to the long-term health of our oak woodlands and natural areas.

Protect Our Parks

Your membership helps safeguard our local parks and natural areas from the threat of being sold for development, ensuring they remain accessible for future generations to enjoy.

Family-Friendly Volunteering

Join our volunteer workdays and turn conservation efforts into memorable family experiences, bonding over meaningful activities that benefit our community.

Tax Deductible Contributions

As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt foundation, all contributions to Ancient Oaks Foundation are tax deductible, providing additional benefits for your support.

Support Environmental Education

Your support enables us to offer valuable environmental education opportunities for our community, empowering individuals of all ages to become stewards of our natural heritage.

Become a Member

Our Achievements

What We’ve Achieved:

  • Restored Ten Acres of Oak Woodland
    Since 2007, our volunteer habitat restoration program has rehabilitated over ten acres of oak woodland, providing a thriving habitat for wildlife and a beautiful space for public enjoyment.

  • Empowering the Next Generation
    We’ve mentored countless boy and girl scouts, helping them achieve advanced levels of badges and ranks while instilling a love for nature and conservation.

  • Community Service at Its Finest
    Our organization provides valuable service hours for local schools, businesses, churches, and service programs, including the National Honor Society, fostering a spirit of community and giving back.

  • Investing in Education
    We’ve offered educational scholarships to local municipal staff, investing in the training and development of future environmental leaders in our community.

  • Outdoor Education for All
    Through sponsored outdoor education classes, we’ve provided valuable learning opportunities for community residents, empowering them with the knowledge and skills to appreciate and protect our natural world.

  • Saving the Monarchs Together
    We’ve collaborated with the National Fish & Wildlife Service to develop our first local Save the Monarch Program, taking concrete steps to protect these iconic butterflies and their habitats  Learn About Our Impact ->
Beforenature playscape

Kuechmann Arboretum

Restoration has been completed and we have added a nature playscape. All of this oak woodland has been improved by removing invasives and replanting native flower and grass seed.

Located at Old Rand Road

wooded areapiled buckthorn

Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park

We are in our 15th year and have completed the habitat restoration. 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.

Located at Lions Drive