Help Fund Key District Projects on #GivingTuesday Nov. 28

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Help Fund Key Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Projects on #GivingTuesday Nov. 28

Fourth Year Nonprofit Friends Group Participates in Global “Day of Giving”

(Nov. 14, 2017) — Keep your #GivingTuesday donation local Nov. 28 by donating to priority projects in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Adopt a Blanding’s Turtle. Name a state-endangered Blanding’s turtle hatchling born in August 2017 and provide care for it by supporting field-monitoring efforts and habitat-enrichment projects. 
Wheelchair-Accessible Piers at Blackwell and Herrick Lake forest preserves in Warrenville and Wheaton. The installation of ADA-accessible floating docks at the boat-rental areas will help kayakers of all ages and abilities enjoy the water.

Courtyard Restoration at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Once completed, restoration of the 1920s Mayslake Hall’s rear courtyard will help correct years of extensive deterioration at this popular cultural center.

Staircase Restoration at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Two donors have agreed to match the first $10,000 raised to repair and refinish the woodwork on the staircase and balustrade and install a period-appropriate runner at Mayslake Hall’s central walnut staircase, an architectural gem that has survived almost 100 years in near-original condition.

Belleau Woods Restoration. Support efforts to control invasive species and reverse decades of habitat degradation at one of the few remnant woodlands in DuPage County.

Donations can also be designated for a favorite forest preserve or natural resource initiative.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to have a local impact in this global effort and help our forest preserves with these projects,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

“You don’t have to look far to find a way to make a difference,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Tim Whelan, District 4. “These projects will help make our preserves accessible to more people and allow us to improve services for visitors to our beautiful preserves.”

As a follow-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit cultural and community center in New York, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate generosity and giving and use social media to spread the word. Last year more than 45,000 organizations in 96 countries participated.

Details on the Friends, the 501(c)(3) fundraising arm of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and its priority projects are at For more information, contact Fundraising & Development at 630-933-7097 or

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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