Welcome to the LBOLA Official Website

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Volunteer Events

Please check our Facebook page to sign up for one of our Volunteer days. Volunteer workdays are Saturdays and some Sundays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Events at the Skokie Reserve & Lake Bluff Forest Preserve (LCFPD) begin at our parking lot on Hwy. 176, west of the water plant and east of Mariani. For details, call the LBOLA warmline 847-234-2860 Red Hat days are for over 18 using power tools. If you haven’t experience, we are happy to train you in Chain saw use. Great adult activity, where you can see a difference immediately.

 9/13  LFHS @ Skokie
 9/19 LCFPD
 9/27 LFHS @ Skokie
 10/11 Red hats work day @ Skokie
 10/17 LCFPD
 10/25 LFHS @ Skokie
 11/8 Red Hats @ Goetz Wetland
11/21 LCFPD
 11/22 LFHS @ Goetz Wetland
 12/13 Red Hats @ Skokie
12/19 LCFPD
 12/27 Red Hats at North Train Station Parking Lot
1/3/2016  LFHS @ Skokie
 1/10/216  Red Hats @ Skokie
 1/16/2016 LCFPD

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Last year’s LBOLA Earth Day celebration was again at Rockland Wetlands on the 
NW corner of Green Bay and Highway 176/Rockland Road. Earth Day will include the planting of hundreds of new woodland and wetland transplants to further beautify and diversify this wonderful entrance to the Village. Please park at Blair Park (near the pool), bring your family, and plan to get dirty! Many thanks to our volunteers who’s year over year tireless efforts are continuing to expand this entrance to our Village, with sustainable native plants. At little to no cost to the Village.



Everyone is welcome. Join our E-Mail list and stay updated. We host many workdays where you are encouraged to come out and contribute with your family or group. meet new friends, discover the wonders of nature, here in Lake Bluff.


Who We Are.

The Lake Bluff Open Lands Association is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of open spaces and natural areas in and around Lake Bluff, Illinois.With no paid staff and only seasonal, student workers, we are an “almost” all volunteer organization. We work on Village, Park District, our own properties and on Conservation easements in and around the Village. In 2015, we’re celebrating our 34th anniversary and we’re excited that we are able to manage over 200 acres of Lake Bluff, in 13 separate natural areas around town as natural areas, including: The Skokie River Land and Water Preserve, The Lake Bluff Site (Lake County Forest Preserve District), The Carolyn Goetz Wetlands Preserve, The Prairie Preserve on Belle Foret Drive, Lake Genevieve, Dwyer Woods, Ravine Park (from Gurney to Moffett), Beach Prairies, Crab Tree Farm Conservation Easements, Moffett Woods, Rockland Wetlands, Bike Path (along Hwy. 176) and Train Station Bike Path Entrance, as well as three additional Conservation Easements on private property throughout Lake Bluff.

Please lend a hand if you can.

Management of our preserves is largely accomplished during our volunteer fun days, usually held on Saturdays and Sundays. For a schedule of upcoming volunteer events, click on the Calendar. We’d love to have you join us. We can’t do it all by ourselves  — Larry McCotter, President

Volunteer workdays usually are Saturdays or Sundays from 9:00 AM -12:00 Noon. No experience required. There are activities for all ages and skill levels, and great bonfires when appropriate. Work gloves, tools are provided. Don’t be bashful, come and help out. Skokie Reserve & Lake Bluff Forest Preserve (LCFPD) dates begin at our parking lot on Hwy. 176, west of the water plant and east of Mariani. For details, call the LBOLA warmline 847-234-2860 or visit the preserve pages for locations.  

Summer Solstice On The Lake

Summer Solstice at the Lake Shore to Benefit LBOLA- Saturday, June 18th! Our fourth annual Summer Solstice Celebration will soon be upon us. Join us for a celebration of the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. … read more

LBOLA work days. Your chance to volunteer.

See our Facebook and front page to check out what’s coming up. Then give us a call, email, or stop by and join us on a work day. LBOLA’s accomplishments in protecting and restoring the natural areas around Lake Bluff … read more

Notes from our past.

Lake Bluff Open Lands Association was formed in 1981 by Carolyn Goetz for the purpose of saving a small wetland and white pine plantation from being developed into a housing subdivision. Carolyn’s success led to the eventual purchase of the … read more

We’re on a Mission.

The purpose of this association is the protection, preservation, restoration and management of open spaces and natural areas, including wetlands, forests, ravines, beaches, beach bluffs, prairies, rivers and savannas in and around the Village of Lake Bluff, Illinois. These purposes … read more

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