Winter 2020 Conservationist

News & Notes

Work Starts on New Oak Meadows Clubhouse

a conceptual drawing of the Oak Meadows clubhouse

Construction has started on a new clubhouse and visitor center at The Preserve at Oak Meadows. The project should be completed by September 2020.

The design of the one-story, 18,018-square-foot building is a reinterpretation of mid-century modern architecture with angled flat roofs, transitional spaces that blend the indoors with the outside, and expansive windows for stunning views of the surrounding course. It will have a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, a room with adjoining outdoor terrace for meetings and banquets, a pro shop, locker rooms, and office space.

Environmentally friendly features will include a green roof, sustainably sourced wood and LED lighting systems. The project will also add solar panels to the existing golf cart storage building, making The Preserve the first in the nation with an entire fleet of electric carts charged completely by solar energy.

The building replaces the site’s former 45,000-square-foot clubhouse, which was destroyed by lightning-ignited fire in 2009.


Electric Plug-Ins Join District Fleeta Chevy Bolt

The Forest Preserve District has added two zero-emission Chevy Bolts to its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Each all-electric Bolt has an estimated range of 235 miles per full charge and will be used as a pool vehicle at the headquarters office. Staff will be able to remotely track key performance metrics such as current battery levels, energy usage in different temperatures, and energy efficiencies while driving.

The District currently uses biodiesel, E85 gasoline, liquid propane gas and compressed natural gas vehicles. Adding plug-ins was the next natural step in reducing the agency’s carbon footprint, especially as trucks and vans go into production next year.


Give the Gift of Nature

Forest Preserve District gift card in a red box with a bow

Looking for a gift for that someone who has everything? Want an easy way to pay for DuPage forest preserve summer camps? Then get a Forest Preserve District gift card!

Use the cards to pay for programs and camps; reserve picnic shelters and campsites; rent canoes, kayaks, or boats; or buy cool swag. You can buy cards through Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 or or at any Forest Preserve District education center. Interested in golf? Get gift cards good at all three Forest Preserve District courses at


Collections Corner

a display of equipment of Kline Creek Farm

As part of a new partnership, the Forest Preserve District is loaning artifacts from its collections to the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton for the Home Grown: Agriculture and Life in DuPage County exhibit. Now through summer, museum visitors can see relics from the Forest Preserve District’s past, such as beekeeping equipment from Kline Creek Farm and historical photos of St. James Farm. History fans can continue to learn about the powerful influence farming had in shaping the land and people of DuPage by visiting the forest preserves in person.

To read about other collection finds, follow the Nature’s Storytellers blog, and check out future “Collections Corner” features here in News & Notes.


2020 Permits on Sale Nowa woman shooting a bow and arrow at the archery range

Purchase annual permits for private watercraft, archery, off-leash dog areas, and model crafts online now here.

New for 2020, active U.S. military personnel and honorably discharged U.S. veterans are eligible for one free annual permit per household per year for archery, watercraft and model crafts as well as off-leash dog areas.

In addition to online purchases, visitors can buy all annual permits in person at District headquarters, 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dog lovers can also buy off-leash permits at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Questions? Call Visitor Services weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 630-933-7248 or use our convenient online chat at


Many Thanks 

the tiered waterfall at Waterfall Glen in winter

The Forest Preserve District thanks the donors who contributed to its efforts between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31. To learn how your financial support can benefit the District, visit To give to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Friends of the Forest Preserve District, visit

Gifts of Note
Kathleen Favata
$1,000 — Blackwell in memory of Duffy and Belvedere

Mr. and Mrs. Nik Porfyris
$500 — Mayslake Peabody Estate

Gifts of Note to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District
Mary J. Demmon Private Foundation
$5,000 — Danada Equestrian Center

Michael Firman and Marilyn Schweitzer
$2,648.40 — Education, Natural Resources and Willowbrook Wildlife Center

$1,500 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Deborah Houlihan and Family
$1,000 — Waterfall Glen in honor of Kenneth Bala

Richard Laurence Parish Foundation
$1,000 — Areas of greatest need

Bruce “Zink” and Martha Sanders
$1,000 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

BP Foundation in recognition of Patricia Banaszak’s volunteer hours
$860 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Laura Torphy
$750 — Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Wheaton Warrenville South High School Marching Band
$681 — Areas of greatest need in memory of Peter Dudak

Scott Hardek
$600 — Areas of greatest need

Lombard Junior Women’s Club
$600 — Law Enforcement thermal-imaging drone

Pepper Construction
$500 — Areas of greatest need

WBK Engineering
$500 — Areas of greatest need