The Nature Foundation of Will County representatives present a $10,000 donation check to the Forest Preserve on June 13. From left are: Forest Preserve and foundation board members Meta Mueller and Rachel Ventura; foundation board member Laurie McPhillips; foundation Chairwoman Jamie Donovan; Forest Preserve board President Laurie Summers; Forest Preserve Chief Operating Officer Ralph Schultz; and foundation Executive Director Cindy Harn. (Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)
A $10,000 donation from The Nature Foundation of Will County is being used for a pollinator garden at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville.
The check presentation took place Thursday, June 13, at the Forest Preserve's Board of Commissioners meeting. Proceeds from the foundation's seventh annual “Bringing Nature Home” native plant sale in May funded the donation.
Foundation Chairwoman Jamie Donovan said this is the first year the plant sale was linked to a specific Forest Preserve project – the pollinator garden at Isle a la Cache. The garden was installed recently in a former outdoor amphitheater area and unveiled June 8 at the preserve's annual “Island Rendezvous.”
The garden will not only benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators, but provide “beauty, enjoyment and endless learning opportunities to the museum’s visitors for years to come,” Donovan said.
This is the third check presented by the foundation to the Forest Preserve so far in 2019. Two previous donations totaled $15,780.
Those donations are being used to fund the Forest Preserve’s Preserve the Moment photo contest, the Willy’s Wilderness website, Plum Creek Greenway Trail bench and art installations, roving naturalists’ carts, the care and feeding of reptiles housed at Plum Creek Nature Center, and nature education and arts and interpretation programs.
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