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The Forest Preserve District invites civic groups, organizations and businesses to learn about the DuPage forest preserves, natural-resources management programs and services through its speaker programs. Our speaker programs are delivered in-person or virtually by one of our nature experts — an environmental interpreter, ranger, heritage interpreter or ecologist — and include time for questions and answers. For virtual programs, our speakers present through Microsoft Teams or are able to co-present on your platform. Please note: Programs are offered September – May. $25 per program for residents, groups and businesses.
Please complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page to arrange a program.
Our Speaker Programs
Blanding’s Turtle: What We’re Doing to Help an Illinois Endangered Species
Discover the Forest Preserve District’s work to help the state-endangered Blanding’s turtle. Hear about how the restoration of habitat supports this species, and learn about our partnership with other agencies to help this turtle recover in the greater Chicago area. Then, find out about how you can help the Blanding’s turtle, too!
Farm to Forest: Reclaiming Farmland for Nature
Much of the land now owned by the forest preserve was once farmland. Learn about the District’s history from inception to present day, along with the forest preserve’s restoration efforts in converting former farmland to natural habitat. This presentation outlines specific restoration strategies, and touches on ecological benefits, budgeting, stormwater permitting and ethical concerns of restoring land to its natural state.
Garden Insects of DuPage County
Dupage County has a wide variety of insects, many of which may call your garden home. Hear about some of the insects you are likely to find in your garden, what plants they prefer, what role they fill, and, good or bad, why they all matter to the local ecosystem.
Mussel Up: Aquatic-Species Recovery in DuPage
Discover how the Forest Preserve District is working to clean our waterways and improve water quality with native mussels, including some endangered species in Illinois. Hear about how our Urban Stream Research Center propagates mussels and works with partners to extend science-based research and habitat improvement.
Native Plants and Pollinators for Our Local Landscapes
Dig into native plants best suited for your landscape. Discover the benefits of native plants at home, including reduced maintenance, water conservation and improved soil condition. Then, get tips for planting natives to attract pollinators, including butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, and support other wildlife.
Natural-Areas Restoration: What We Manage and Why We Do It
Discover how and why the Forest Preserve District manages habitats, plants and animals in DuPage forest preserves. Hear about our organization’s philosophy about managing habitat, and find out about restoration projects completed in your favorite preserves. Then, discover opportunities for volunteers to help out in the restoration process.