A Night for Nature

A Virtual Benefit to Support Wildlife and Wild Areas in DuPage Forest Preserves


Help Support Wildlife and Wild Areas

Each fall we’ve come together at a "Night for Nature" to raise funds for the Forest Preserve District’s conservation efforts and projects that connect people to nature in DuPage.

We aren't able to meet in person this year, but that doesn’t mean your support is any less important. 

That's why we’re hosting a virtual benefit from Sept. 13 through Sept. 16 to raise $12,000 so you and the Friends can continue to have a lasting effect on the forest preserves and the plants and animals that call them home!

Discover the good work that's being done to restore wild areas and protect wildlife on the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page. Then, make a gift to show your support. 

Bid on exclusive forest preserve experiences in an online auction, including:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of a prescribed burn for your family or friends (up to four individuals) at a forest preserve this fall to learn about a unique natural-resource-management practice

  • An electrofishing demonstration (up to two individuals) to see how ecologists use low-voltage currents to temporarily — and harmlessly — stun fish at a forest preserve lake; then, help net and record fish species that rise to the surface before returning them to the water

  • A behind-the-scenes tour (up to four individuals) with our resident veterinarian at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a unique wildlife-rehabilitation facility

  • A picnicking, boating and archery experience (six hours) at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
  • Personal instruction (for one player) by Forest Preserve District PGA staff and one 18-round game of golf (for four players with carts) at The Preserve at Oak Meadows and Maple Meadows and one 9-hole game (for four players with carts) at Green Meadows.  

Or purchase a rubber duck for only $25 to race along Spring Brook at Blackwell Forest Preserve! Our signature duck race returns on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. on Facebook, when we’ll debut the race video with $500 going to the winner!

Thank you for your support!

More About the Online Auction

Bids for the auction closed on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.


More About the Duck Race, Rules and Prize

Duck sales opened online on Aug. 30, 2021 at 12 a.m. CST. 

Duck sales closed online on Sept. 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. CST. 

Ducks will be raced on Sept. 15 at Spring Brook at Blackwell Forest Preserve.

The duck race prize winner will be announced during the "Night for Nature" video premiere on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page. The prize winner will also be contacted by email communication. 

A number (1 – 250) will be attached to each duck relating to the number of the official online purchase. Multiple duck entries on one online purchase will be assigned a separate duck number for identification purposes. The person whose name appears on the purchase that matches the winning duck will be awarded the $500 cash prize. Positive identification will be required to claim a prize.

The race committee reserves the right to postpone or reschedule the event because of inclement weather, acts of God, or other circumstances beyond the committee’s control. In case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that prevent the launch of the ducks, the cash prize will be presented through a random drawing.

The sole winner need not be present to win. Winner will be announced following the event. Winner will also, where necessary, be notified by telephone, email and/or certified U.S. mail. If a winner does not claim his/her prize within 30 days of the race date, or if the Friends’ presenter is unable to contact winner due to insufficient or illegible contact information, or if a winner is deemed ineligible to win a prize, presenter will select a substitute winner by random drawing of entries. All prizes will be awarded. Prize winner must be individual at least 18 years or older. Winner must show proper identification when claiming a prize. Prize may not be substituted or exchanged.

The "Night for Nature" duck race 2021 is presented by the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, a nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Your Gift(s)

A gift to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Contact the Forest Preserve District's development office at 630-871-6400 or fundraising@dupageforest.org.


Special Thanks to Our Duck Race Sponsor

Wheaton Lions Club


Thanks to Our Community Partner

Domtar, Inc.


The Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County advances the vision of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County through philanthropic endeavors.

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