Ancient Oaks Foundation Events

Ancient Oaks Foundation Events 2017-12-11T15:22:20+00:00

Habitat Restoration Volunteer Workday Information

Join us for the rewarding work of habitat restoration.    Work days are on most Saturdays of each month from 9 am until around noon. 

Join our volunteer email list to keep informed about changes and additions to our regular workdays. Workday details:  Dress for the weather in clothes that you wont mind getting dirty. Adults over 16 and kids age 10 and up with an adult are welcome!  Various types of work from easy to strenuous are done throughout the year, yes, even in winter. In summer, apply insect repellent.  We provide water. There are no bathrooms but there are bushes!

Upcoming Workdays

Although we keep this information as current as possible,  join our email list [email protected] to be notified of changes in workday details.

For all workdays, Dress for the weather in layers (winter)  wear sturdy gloves and insect repellent(summer).   Dress in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.  In case of inclement weather, join our volunteer email blast [email protected]  for updates.

Saturday, December 16,  9 am until noon.  Meet at  Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive,  Seed Spreading and invasive removal.

Saturday, December 23  and Dec 30, NO WORKDAY- DUE TO THE HOLIDAY

2018:  All dates: 9 am until around noon

Saturday, January 6, Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive,  Brush removal

Saturday January 13, Kuechmann Park, 626 N. Old Rand Rd. LZ- Brush Removal

Saturday, January 20, Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive, Brush Removal

Saturday January 27, Kuechmann Park, 626 N. Old Rand Rd. Brush Removal

Owl Walk , January 20, 4:30 pm to 6 pm.  Join us for this popular program where we learn about these “Tigers of the Sky”.  A live demonstration by Melissa of the Lake County Forest Preserve.  Then we will go out into Paulus Park to see if we can locate any in the park.  Register through the Parks and Rec Dept or call 847 438 5146




Buckthorn Busters

Monday,  January 2,  7 pm.  At the Garden Club of Lake Zurich General Meeting.                                                                   Location: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods                                                                   European native buckthorn is an invasive shrub that is slowly destroying our native oak woodlands and natural areas.  More than likely you have some in your yard and early winter is the best time to eliminate it.  Learn how to identify it and rid it from your property.  This is a free program and open to the public.  No registration is required. We will also talk about our Heritage Oak Registry.

 AOF Board of Directors Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.  Please email us at “Contact” or [email protected]  with comments or questions.

SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, February 24,  Wild About Trivia! This is a Fun night of team trivia, food , games, drinks and lots of laughs- all for a good cause.  Details in January 2018


Join AOF as we “Save the Monarch”

THANK YOU to Mayor Tom Poynton who has taken the Mayors Monarch Pledge.  Lake Zurich is now in the Mayors Monarch Leadership Circle.

The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90%  in the past 10 years.  This is mainly due to a decrease in milkweed habitat which is needed for reproduction and as a food source for caterpillars. Overuse of pesticides is also a contributing factor.

But the Save the Monarch program seeks to reverse this trend through awareness and, more importantly, giving humans the tools needed to help save the monarch in their own back yards.

The Ancient Oaks Foundation is heading this effort here in the Lake Zurich area.  We have already established several butterfly friendly gardens in Lake Zurich. 

While supplies last:  Free Milkweed Seeds.  Fall and winter are the perfect time to plant milkweed seeds.  These plants are the only ones used for monarch egg laying so their importance cannot be over stated.  Their pink globe-like flowers are lovely and will add a touch of whimsy to your yard or garden.   Contact us to receive a free packet.

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