A Night for Nature

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


Celebrate Wildlife and Wild Areas 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.

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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.

You can purchase a rubber duck (from green button) 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 are now available! 

Ticket sales for this 21-and-older event are now closed.

Our Event

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Cocktails, Wagon Tours, Silent Auction, & Conversation
Music by Anderlik, Church & Roach

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Food Service & Program
Musings on Autumn by Heather Chrisler of First Folio Theatre

7 – 8:30 p.m.
Desserts & Hot Beverages

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.


Thanks to Our Community Partners


Sponsorship Commitment

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

A Night for Nature Sponsorship (PDF)


More About the Duck Race, Rules, and Prize

Duck purchases can be made online, and sales end Sept. 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Ducks will be raced on Sept. 16, 2022 at Spring Brook at St. James Farm. The duck race and prize-winning results will be posted to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Facebook page at facebook.com/dupageforestfriends.

A number (1 – 247) will be attached to each duck relating to the number of the official purchase made online. 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 individuals at least 18 years or older. Prize awarded to minors will be awarded to parents or legal guardians. Winner must show proper identification when claiming a prize. Winner must provide the necessary information for tax documents to claim their prize. Prize may not be substituted or exchanged.

A Night for Nature Duck Race 2022 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.



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