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Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, advances the vision of the Forest Preserve District through philanthropic endeavors. The money it collects through its fundraising efforts helps the District manage the county's prairies, woodlands and wetlands and offer educational and recreational activities countywide.

For more information about the Friends, contact the Fundraising & Development office at 630-933-7097 or 


Friends' Ambassadors Circle

With your tax-deductible donation of $100 or more, you'll become a part of the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Ambassadors Circle, which offers wonderful items and forest preserve experiences based on your level of support. 

Donors who contribute $100 or more in one year automatically become part of this exclusive group, which receives special recognition, offers and updates as well as invitations to Ambassadors Circle-only programs, experiences and receptions.

Donor Benefits

Benefits Friends Guardian Steward Benefactor Visionary
  $100 – $249 $250 – $499 $500 – $1,499 $1,500 – 3,499 $3,500 +

Stuffed plush owl

Recognition in the annual report
Conservationist subscription  •  
Ticket to hospitality area at Family Field Day
Ticket to hospitality area at Danada Fall Festival • 
Invitations to exclusive lectures, tours, hikes and previews     4 6
Engraved donor tree leaf at District headquarters     •  • 
Invitations to donor-appreciation programs     •  • 
Private habitat-restoration or building tour (for four)       •  • 
Private naturalist-led forest preserve expedition (for four)       •  • 


Our Efforts Support the Forest Preserve District

The Friends accepts financial and in-kind donations from individuals, corporations and groups (such as those featured below) that support DuPage forest preserves, programs and projects.   

Donor Project Completed
Neighbors near Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve Forest Preserve District purchased 9 acres at the forest preserve and protected the land from development
Individual Donors and Anonymous Foundation Funds to repair and restore the damaged Horse Trough fountain and Chamoissaire sculpture at St. James Farm
Oberweiler Foundation Wheelchair-accessible shuttle for tours and special events at St. James Farm
Gaea Foundation Blood-chemistry analyzer for Willowbrook
Girl Scout Troop 105, Individual Donors and Foundations Blanding's turtle program support to revitalize the county's dwindling population of state-endangered species
Rotary Club of Elmhurst, Sierra Club River Prairie Group and Individual Donors Programming trailer to support District's recreational programs and camps across DuPage County 
Rotary Club of Elmhurst and Individual Donors  Sixteen kayaks for programs, clinics and weekend river trips 
Cabela's   $3,800 in supplies for programs, events and outdoor equipment as prizes for "Take 5" DuPage Forest Preserves Photo Contest 
 L. L. Bean

Outdoor equipment for programs and camps 

Friends of Danada  Collaboration on a topiary horse at Danada Equestrian Center to mark the 50th anniversary of Lucky Debonair's Kentucky Derby win
84 Lumber Timber to rebuild bridge at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve
Individual Donors Restoration projects at Mayslake Peabody Estate
Individual Donors Memorial fish stocking at Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve
Individual Donors Blacksmith shop equipment at Kline Creek Farm


Contact the Forest Preserve District’s Fundraising & Development office at 630-933-7097 or   

Make an Impact

Please choose the way in which you would like to support the work of the Friends today!    

Donate: Designated/Unrestricted Gift
Donate: Priority Project