Non Profit Organizations

About Us

We are a 501c3 charitable foundation dedicated to the preservation of Lake Zurich's natural areas through education, volunteerism, supportive funding and long term planning.


Ancient Oak Volunteers spread native seed at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, 500 Lions Drive in Lake zurich
Migrating waterfowl rest on Lake Zurich during the fall migration.  A healthy environment is good for humans and animals alike!
The Ancient Oaks Foundation advocates for good management practices of the villages natural areas, such as this prescribed burn in Spring 2014
Wildflowers thrive after a prescribed burn
Oak woodland parks, such as Kuechmann Park on Old Rand Road are under  threat of development. The Foundation seeks to reverse this trend.
The Ancient Oaks Foundation advocates for maintainance of the village parks such as the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park which increasse property values and the health of the community
This "conservation area" at Breezewald park at one time was a prairie patch.  Neglect has taken it's toll and it is now a weed patch.  The Ancient Oaks Foundation would like to see it restored.
Eagle Scout Eric Auster designed and installed a butterfly garden at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park.  The Ancient Oaks Foundation supported his efforts.
This Coopers Hawk nest had not been seen at the Nature Park until the area was cleared of invasives by the Ancient Oaks volunteers
We are partnering with the VOLZ Community Services division to clear invasives and replant native wetland flowers and grasses.
The Ancient Oak Foundation wants to preserve these special oak trees so that they can reproduce.  Future generations can enjoy and benefit from these beautiful trees.

Rep/Contact Info

Keegan Shiner
Executive Director
Judith Thode