Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and our land.


Since 1967, Lake Forest Open Lands has acquired, preserved, restored, and maintained nearly 900 acres of highly diverse native landscapes for the benefit of the local community. Six nature preserves encompass woodlands, wetlands, and several rare and globally significant prairies, ravines, and savannas. These preserves reach from the shores of Lake Forest, north to the bluffs of Lake Bluff, south to the Fort Sheridan Nature Preserve, and west to the savannas in Mettawa and include over 12 miles of walking trails, which are open to the public year-round. Lake Forest Open Lands strives to engage and expand our community's commitment to the preservation and conservation of our historic and highly unique nature landscapes, and is dedicated to a mission that ensures that all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and our open spaces.


Nearly 900 acres of open space. All preserves are managed by a team of full-time land restoration ecologists who preserve and restore the ecosystems.

Lake Forest Open Lands offers many school, summer camp, and internship opportunities. Through a partnership with local schools, Lake Forest Open Lands provides environmental education to over 3,200 students each year. Our education efforts have been ongoing for nearly 35 years!

Lake Forest Open Lands engages the community by providing public programs, offering public and corporate volunteer workdays, and hosting special events throughout the year.

In 2009, Lake Forest Open Lands became the very first Illinois land trust to be accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a mark of distinction in land conservation.

Who we are:
Lake Forest Open Lands is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported entirely by members and annual donors. A volunteer Board of Governors oversees the organization. Lake Forest Open Lands has pioneered use of conservation development and financing techniques and is considered a national leader among land trusts.

For more information on Lake Forest Open Lands Association please email or call 847.234.3880.