Spring 2021 Conservationist

From the President


As I write this, to say “happy spring” seems a bit premature, but the calendar is there to reassure us that warmer weather is truly around the corner. Here at the Forest Preserve District we’re ready!

As we continue to navigate through new ways of doing things, we’re working diligently to offer some of our most popular programs safely. Our biggest spring event, our annual Native Plant Sale, is a prime example. We’re taking our usual lineup of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees and adding the ease of online ordering to last year’s curbside pickup to create our most convenient sale yet! Place and pay for your order in advance online, and pick up your plants on May 14 or 15 at Mayslake Peabody Estate. Just pull up and let us do the work. You don’t even have to get out of your car to drive home with a great selection of plants for your yard. Details are online.

You’ll find we’re also bringing back a lineup of guided programs from our perennially popular bird walks and forest hikes to outdoor tours of Mayslake Peabody Estate and Kline Creek Farm.

As with all of our offerings you can find the latest (including exciting details on upcoming visitor center reopenings) 24/7 at dupageforest.org and by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Last but not least, we’ve hired a new executive director, Karie Friling, who will be joining our Forest Preserve District family on April 9. Our current leadership team has the organization moving in a great direction, and the addition of Karie’s experience, talent and proven leadership will give us even more momentum as we implement our districtwide master plan.

Spring is on its way to DuPage forest preserves, and we hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are!


Daniel Hebreard
President, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County