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Friends of the Forest Preserve District

Be a Friend to Your DuPage Forest Preserves

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing ways to help care for DuPage forest preserves.

Every year gifts from numerous individuals, companies, and organizations help the Forest Preserve District carry out its mission to maintain nearly 26,000 acres, over 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, 31 lakes, and seven education centers.

We are grateful you’re reflecting on the forest preserves and your experiences by connecting a gift to a preserve, project, or program that’s had an effect on you. 

Featured Events


Enter Your Duck in the Race

Sponsor a rubber duck for your chance to win $500 in our annual duck race on Sept. 5 along Spring Brook.


A Night for Nature Returns

Celebrate the beloved wildlife and beautiful wild areas of your DuPage forest preserves at our signature event on Sept. 12. 

Friends Programs & Events

Choose What Your Donation Supports


Greatest Needs in Forest Preserves

Your gift will support habitat restoration, wildlife preservation, and environmental sustainability.


Willowbrook Wildlife Center Campaign

Your gift will advance wildlife rehabilitation, purchase medical equipment, and enhance education. 

Make a Gift

With your tax-deductible donation of $100 or more, you'll become a part of the Ambassadors Circle, which offers recognition (if desired) and forest preserve experiences based on your level of support.

The Friends accepts financial and in-kind donations from individuals, corporations and groups that support DuPage forest preserves, programs and projects. 

Levels of Support


Individual donor's gifts at $2,500 or more are afforded our Community Partner benefits.

Your Impact to Benefit the Forest Preserve District

Where Your Gifts Made a Difference in 2023


Ways to Give

Your generosity sustains DuPage forest preserves and inspires the work we do to make them extraordinary places to visit. 



Gifts in Memory or Tribute

Honor a friend or loved one when you make a gift to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District. 

Memorials or Tributes


Leaving Your Abundance to Nature

The Friends invites you to leave your own meaningful mark on the DuPage forest preserves by including the foundation in your will. You can change your bequest or trust designation at any time.

If you are interested in a planned gift, we'd advise you to speak to your personal tax and financial advisor and potentially your legal counsel about its benefits. 

Types of Planned Gifts


Our Board of Directors & Staff

The Friends of the Forest Preserve District is governed by a volunteer board of directors. These individuals are leaders in our DuPage community and support the Forest Preserve District's mission. 

Board of Directors

Chair Bob Watt

Vice Chair Mike Dyer

Treasurer Ashley Guest

Secretary Joseph Suchecki

Ex-Officio Member Jeff Gahris

Member Diane Addante

Member Brian Battle

Member Larry C. Larson

Member Tom Murphy

Member Carl Schultz

Member David Stang

Member Jeanette Wells


Executive Director Jeannine Kannegiesser

Our Finances & Governance


Be Our Partner

Our community partners program is designed for organizations, clubs, and businesses interested in giving back and enhancing the quality of life for all DuPage residents. Align your mission and values with recognition opportunities based on your level of generosity. 

With Special Thanks to Our Partners

G. Carl Ball Family Foundation
BNSF Railway Foundation
Chicago Fire
CNH Industrial
The Conservation Foundation

Mary J. Demmon Private Foundation
Domtar Paper Company
The DuPage Foundation

Ecolab Foundation
Edward Jones — Financial Advisor: Mike Dyer
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Navistar, Inc.
Republic Bank of Chicago
Rice Lake Square
TC Energy
Wheaton Bank & Trust

Adopt a Blanding's Turtle

Adopt a Blanding’s turtle,  and your donation will help provide care for a hatchling born as part of the Forest Preserve District’s head-start program. 


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"I give back to the Forest Preserve District, because I love nature. Other people can donate to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District for the same reasons I do: To make certain that nature is maintained, accessible, and here for future generations."

Larry C. Larson

Friends of the Forest Preserve District

Our Mission

To advance the vision of the Forest Preserve District through philanthropic endeavors

Over 1,000

Annual Donors

Over 550

Ambassador Circle Donors

Over 20+

Community Partners

General Info

Partnership & Philanthropy
Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
3S580 Naperville Road
Wheaton, IL 60189