Support the natural beauty of our forests, prairies, rivers, and lakes.

Your donations help to restore important wildlife habitat, build scenic greenways and trails, and preserve our natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." John Muir

Nearly 4,000 acres of natural beauty are preserved and protected by the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. Gifts to the Friends Foundation support the district's six forest preserves and ensure that these Grand Prairie landscapes remain protected for generations to come.

Your 2017 gift will build the Kickapoo Rail Trail, restore the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, and create educational programs so that people of all ages and backgrounds can get Closer to Nature.