Ancient Oaks Foundation

Introducing the Ancient Oaks Foundation, Lake Zurich’s only conservation organization. This group began as a volunteer arm of the VOLZ as the Oak Ridge Marsh Conservation Group and has recently expanded to become a 501c3 nonprofit foundation. Its mission is to restore Lake Zurich’s oak woodlands, wetlands and natural areas which are being lost to invasives through volunteering, education, supportive funding and long term planning. Visit their website to learn how you can join them in saving Lake Zurich woodlands and natural areas.

The group’s current project takes place at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive in Lake Zurich. Volunteers meet on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 am til noon to work on various tasks such as brush clearing, pulling weeds and spreading native seed in this beautiful oak woodland. It’s a great way to get some exercise, make some new friends and help the environment. Contact with questions and to sign up for an informational email blast.
We're proud to introduce the first Ancient Oaks Foundation (formerly Oak Ridge Marsh Conservation Group) podcast production:
  • Wild Lake Zurich - This audio tour is a self-guided tour through some of Lake Zurich's unique natural areas.
  1. Download the free podcast from the foundation website using your usual method
  2. Go to Breezewald Park
  3. Follow the prompts as the tour progresses
Tour Details
  • The tour takes a path from Breezewald Park North to the Oak Ridge Marsh path, heads East and then crosses Lions Drive into the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park. Along the way the listener hears an overview of the geological and human history of Lake Zurich.
  • We talk about the forces that shaped the marsh and we talk about the work of the Oak Ridge Marsh Conservation Group and it's efforts to restore the native habitat of the Nature Park. We emphasize the need to appreciate and care for Lake Zurich's natural beauty.
  • The tour takes about 45 minutes to one hour, depending on your walking pace and is an excellent way to use readily available technology to help educate the citizens of Lake Zurich about our unique environment.
We'd love to hear your opinion about this venture and hope you'll enjoy it and pass the word on to others who might be interested.

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