Welcome to the LBOLA Official Website

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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, down 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. In 2011, we’re celebrating our 30th 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.  — Larry McCotter, President

Volunteer workdays are Saturdays or Sundays from 9:00 AM -12:00 Noon. 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 LBOLA.org for preserve locations.
Sunday January 26 Prairie Preserve at the western end of Belle Foret Drive
Sunday February 9 Carolyn Goetz Wetlands Preserve
Sunday February 23 Skokie River Prairie Reserve
Sunday March 9 Skokie River Prairie Reserve

March 15 and 16 2014  Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training

Sunday March 23 Carolyn Goetz Wetlands Preserve
Sunday April 13 Skokie River Prairie Reserve
Sunday April 27 Earth Day Plantings – Rockland Wetlands


Native Tree Sale Order Form

Native Tree Sale Order Form PDF file will allow you to download and print, or email. Should you choose to use paypal, please email your order, then go to the donate page and use paypal to complete the transaction. HERE … read more

LBOLA work days. Your chance to volunteer.

See our events calendar to check out what’s coming up. Then give us a call, email, or stop by and join us on a work day. Why not just show up at the site? You can imagine how helpful it … 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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