The Capital Fund was established by the Friends of Thorn Creek Woods to fund the vital improvements and projects in both the Nature Center building and in the Nature Preserve itself for which the Preserve budget holds no funds.

Money for building repairs, any possible new south bridge, and trail repairs come from the Capital Fund. The Capital Fund currently has $25,569.92 through generous donations large and small.  (March 2017 Building and Trail Plans link)

Over the past few years the Capital Fund has funded the new north bridge, Nature Center front doors, louver repairs, window repairs and replacements, and trail signs.  In Summer 2016, the north bridge was being stabilized with rip rap, and the kiosk and sitting benches were repaired.

Still needed are repairs and painting of nature center, more trail improvements, additional boardwalks, a bypass trail, and more. (March 2017 Building and Trail Plans link)

Donate by mail or online by using the PayPal donate buttons below.

Acorn Donation $1 to $249

Seedling Donation $250 to $499

Sapling Donation $500 to $999

Oak Tree Donation $1,000 and up


One may also donate to the Capital Fund, “In Memory of _____.” or “In Honor of _____.” 

Please make checks payable to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and mail to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, Box 113, Richton Park, IL 60471, or stop by the Nature Center during business hours and pay in person.