Changing the Landscape of Lake Zurich

Our Impact

Since 2014 Ancient Oaks Foundation has working towards our mission of the preservation of our local natural areas, here’s a look at our lasting impact.

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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

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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

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Community Services Wetland

We have cleared invasives and seeded native prairie and wetland species, making this a wonderful demonstration wetland for the surrounding businesses in the Industrial Park to emulate.

Located at Telser Road

2014 Before2018 Butterfly Garden

Breezewald Park Prairie Patch

Volunteers have removed weeds and debris, and replanted this pollinator friendly wildflower garden.

Located on Old Rand Road

Educational Programs

Owl Walk, Buckthorn Busters, Raingarden Basics, and Winter Tree Identification are just a few of the many public programs sponsored by AOF. We are also instrumental in Lake Zurich becoming a Save the Monarch community.

Service Opportunities

Ancient Oaks Foundation continues to work with Scouts, churches, schools and businesses who wish to accomplish service to their community.

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Lake Zurich High School Oak Grove Habitat Restoration

Restoring the local habitat for all the wildlife that depends on it.


Paulus Park Barn Pollinator Garden and Demonstration Rain Garden

Supplying free milkweed and nectar flower seeds to attract pollinators