A Night for Nature

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


Celebrate Wild Areas & Wildlife in DuPage

Join the Forest Preserve District and Friends of the Forest Preserve District for A Night for Nature benefit, which returns in person — and under the stars — on Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at St. James Farm to celebrate the beautiful wild areas and beloved wildlife of DuPage County.

Experience an enchanting cocktail hour followed by delicious small plates and spirits at St. James Farm’s pavilion. Enjoy wagon-drawn tours of restored McCormick Woods and Spring Brook, a tributary of the West Branch of the DuPage River. Warm up by a campfire. Enjoy an entertaining program. Best of all, reap the rewards of connecting to nature at a scenic preserve that abounds with wildlife, sculptures and other artwork, and cultural history.

Tickets are $100 per person and go on sale Aug. 1 (from this page). This is a 21-and-older event.

You can also purchase a rubber duck for only $25 to race along Spring Brook. Our signature duck race returns live on Sept. 16 with $500 going to the winner! Rubber ducks go on sale Aug. 1. 

Your Ticket & Gift

The annual benefit raises funds to accomplish the restoration of habitat and preservation of wildlife in DuPage forest preserves where more than 6.2 million people visit each year to exercise, relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy their favorite outdoor activities.

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.

Night for Nature 2021 numbers


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


Special Thanks to Our Duck Race Sponsors

Wheaton Lions Club


Thanks to Our Community Partners

Domtar Paper

Edward Jones


Sponsorship Commitment

To discuss your sponsorship, contact Jeannine Kannegiesser at 630-933-7220 or jkannegiesser@dupageforest.org.

A Night for Nature Sponsorship (PDF)


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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