Bid on Exclusive Ways to Connect to Nature at 'A Night for Nature' Sept. 26

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Bid on Exclusive Ways to Connect to Nature at 'A Night for Nature' Benefit Sept. 26

Evening includes food, fellowship and up-close encounters with nature

(Aug. 20, 2019) — Bid on exclusive DuPage forest preserve opportunities — from helping train a bobcat to joining a prescription burn — during a live auction at “A Night for Nature” on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Danada House, 3S501 Naperville Road, Wheaton.
The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is hosting the benefit to raise funds for natural areas, nature education and recreational programs in the forest preserves. The evening includes dinner and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 per person ($900 per table of 10) and are available at through Sept. 13. For more information, call 630-933-7097.
Guests can bid on rare experiences at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, such as participating in a training session with the resident bobcat or woodchuck before taking a behind-the-scenes tour. Bid on the chance to participate in a prescription burn or an electrofishing survey with Forest Preserve District ecologists, or receive personalized instruction from a Forest Preserve District PGA pro before playing 18 holes with three friends at The Preserve at Oak Meadows.

“Our live auction will give guests several private and unique opportunities to experience the many wonders of DuPage forest preserves with their families, friends or employees,” said Friends Board Chair Karyn Charvat.

Silent auction items include a guided spring warbler walk for 10 at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve; a fall kayak outing for four at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve; a covered wagon ride for 10 at St. James Farm Forest Preserve; and a recreation and picnic package that includes a ranger-led archery program at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.

“We are grateful to the Friends for its efforts to help raise funds in support of the Forest Preserve District’s mission to restore habitats and sustain wildlife while providing programs to connect people to nature,” said Forest Preserve District President Dan Hebreard, “This benefit will not only seek additional support from some of our most engaged donors but also recognize our community partners, including Domtar, L.L. Bean, ComEd and the DuPage Birding Club.”

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, six 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, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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