The mission of this association is the protection, preservation, restoration and management of open spaces and natural areas in Lake Bluff, IL.




Welcome To LBOLA!

    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 property by the Lake Bluff Park District and what is now known as the Carolyn Goetz Wetlands Preserve.

    We’re proud that we manage over 200 acres of Lake Bluff, in 13 separate natural areas around town.

Come Volunteer!

Join us outdoors! Enjoy the fresh air and help preserve and restore our natural areas.

Lake Bluff Open Lands Association’s accomplishments in protecting and restoring the natural areas around Lake Bluff are primarily the result of both student and adult workdays throughout the year.

-Workdays can be found on our schedule above

-If you feel unable to volunteer your time , we are a non-profit and depend on monetary donations!

-Please email with your volunteer inquiries, if you have other ways you can aid Lake Bluff Open Lands Association we'd love to hear from you!



Lake Bluff Open Lands Association is a non-profit organization working to protect Lake Bluff's open and natural areas forever. Due to generous donations, volunteer hours, and a hard working intern team in the summer, LBOLA has been able to continuously maintain 200+ acres across 13 natural areas.


Our preserves are open to the public at no charge , however if you feel so inclined to donate financially or your volunteer time, please contact us. None of our success would be possible without the communities generous donations.


Lake Bluff

Open Lands Association

P.O. Box 449   |   Lake Bluff, IL 60044   |   (224)-436-1512 |



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