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The Forest Preserve District of Will County relies upon the support of the community to ensure the success of our program, event, preservation, and development efforts. We can't do what we do without you!

Individual donations to our programs and facilities are welcome, and we invite you to participate in our many fundraising programs described below.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. To make an online donation via PayPal, visit our Sponsorships and Donations page.

For more information about donating to the District, please call 815.727.8700.

Tree Donation and Dedication Program

Every now and again we face the dilemma of how to pay special tribute to our friends and loved ones in a way that has lasting impact. Our Tree Donation and Dedication Program is an opportunity to honor and offer a living memorial to individuals, or to mark a special occasion in your life.

Tree Donation PlaqueConsider planting a tree:
  • In honor of a family member or your graduating class.
  • To celebrate the birth of a new child, or an anniversary.
  • To acknowledge service club members, organizations, or businesses.
  • In memory of a family member or friend.
Participation in the program is $500, and includes:
  • The planting of a tree in a Will County forest preserve;
  • A commemorative engraved plaque mounted at our Sugar Creek Administration Center; and
  • A letter to the honoree or family notifying them of your tribute.
The tree that you donate will demonstrate your commitment to the environment and our community. Trees reduce energy costs, minimize noise pollution, and improve air quality. Trees are the only element of community infrastructure that actually appreciate in value. For years to come, your tree will provide food and habitat for wildlife, the comfort of shade, and a beautiful vista for preserve visitors.

Bench Donation and Dedication Program

Dedicated BenchThe Bench Donation and Dedication Program is designed to further enhance our beautification efforts by providing you with a unique opportunity to sponsor an attractive bench for placement along a bicycle trail or in a forest preserve. Individuals, corporations, clubs, or community groups are all invited to sponsor a bench to dedicate to the memorial of the deceased, to publicize a business, to provide community awareness, or to acknowledge a group or individual. The cost for a new bench, complete with a commemorative engraved plaque, is $2,500. Plaques can also be purchased individually for $1,000 to be placed on existing benches. In keeping with the District's mission of benefiting the environment, all benches are made from recycled plastic.

If interested in donating a bench and/or plaque, please download and complete the following application.

Bench Donation Application

Bench Locations:
Centennial Trail
Messenger Marsh

Forked Creek Preserve

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

Monee Reservoir

Old Plank Road Trail

Hadley Valley
Plum Valley Preserve
Hammel Woods
Prairie Bluff Preserve
Hickory Creek Preserve
Riverview Farmstead Preserve
Isle a la Cache
Rock Run Preserve
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
Rock Run Rookery Preserve
Kankakee Sands Preserve
Wauponsee Glacial Trail

Lake Chaminwood Preserve

Lake Renwick Preserve

McKinley Woods

Whalon Lake

Vermont Cemetery Preserve

Veterans Memorial Trail

Photographs Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock and Bob Zinkiewicz

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17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433
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