In addition to its 8 nature preserves Lake Forest Open Lands also oversees the care and maintenance of over 200 acres of City of Lake Forest property and over 260 acres under conservation easement. These lands are managed as natural areas and provide important habitat as well as community benefits such as floodwater reduction.

Deerpath Farm:  The 140-acre conservation easement of Deerpath Farm is the largest held by Lake Forest Open Lands and is a true Lake County gem. For many years this land was a working dairy farm and country retreat for the family of Edward Bennett, who co-authored the 1909 Plan of Chicago with Daniel Burnham. The family’s long-standing appreciation for Deerpath Farm’s natural beauty and its heritage for civic planning inspired this spectacular conservation community.

Volunteers at work restoring the North Shore Bike Path across from Lake Forest High School

North Shore Bike Path:  The 20-acre North Shore Prairie that runs alongside the North Shore bicycle path between Old Elm Road and Illinois Road. This is a relic prairie complex with many beautiful forbs and grasses.