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​The Nature Foundation of Will County is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to supporting education, recreation and conservation programs that protect nature, inspire discovery and bring people and nature together.  


We raise and administer funds in support of the Forest Preserve District of Will County's education, recreation and conservation efforts. ​​The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board made up of individuals from throughout Will County; individuals that are leaders in their respective communities and are passionate about the Forest Preserve, its mission, and furthering the goals of the Foundation.

Created in 2010, it wasn't until April 2014 that The Nature Foundation of Will County, formerly the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, held its inaugural board meeting. 


The Nature Foundation of Will County works to create a legacy of giving that supports and celebrates the preservation, conservation, education and recreation priorities of the Forest Preserve District of Will County in perpetuity. The foundation provides financial support to the Forest Preserve District of Will County for a variety of conservation and education initiatives, through funding provided from corporate and individual donors.


We envision a vital, dynamic and self-sustaining foundation that is committed to cultivating relationships and partnerships within our community that directly benefit the Forest Preserve District's ability to protect our environment and deliver programs and services to its constituents.


Time spent in natural environments has been linked to reduced stress levels, improved mood, and enhanced cognitive function. Moreover, engaging in outdoor activities promotes physical health through exercise and exposure to fresh air. Protecting our natural resources is crucial for sustaining these benefits for current and future generations. Healthy ecosystems rich in biodiversity are essential for sustaining life as we know it. 

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