Our founder Bill Rutherford often said that he built parks and preserved green spaces to keep them for future generations. He felt it was an obligation he must fulfill. “It is a privilege to preserve wilderness areas for the children of distant generations,” Rutherford said.
We have many programs focused on helping people of all ages learn about our environment and how to be better stewards of our world. We partner with the U.S.D.A., U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, University of Illinois Extension, and University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine to keep the park a place where people will learn for years to come.