Dayton Bluffs Grand Opening (Afternoon) & Fundraising Party (Evening)

After three years of restoration work at this natural wonderland, we are ready to open the 253-acre Dayton Bluffs Preserve near Ottawa to the public.

A Spring carpet of Dutchman's Breeches at Dayton Bluffs


Please join us and the City of Ottawa on
Saturday, May 20th from 3 to 6pm
for the Grand Opening of the Dayton Bluffs Preserve!

Our Grand Opening Celebration will include the “unveiling” of the new site master plan, a Native American blessing (invited), educational displays and activities for kids, and hikes and tours to several parts of the property, including the Native American burial mounds, pioneer cemetery and many of the restored natural features.  We will also hear several short speeches from a few of the many people who helped make this preserve a reality, including the mayor and other dignitaries. 


That evening, we hope you will be part of a fundraiser party at
The Lone Buffalo in Downtown Ottawa, 7pm to 10pm
in support of continued restoration efforts at the Dayton Bluffs Preserve.

Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, libations from the on-site Tangled Roots Brewing Company, and hear inspiring stories of the history of the Dayton Bluffs and its road to restoration.  Tickets are $50/person.

Eventbrite - Dayton Bluffs Grand Opening Reception

Special thanks to our sponsors: 
HR Imaging Partners, Tangled Roots Brewing Company, The Lone Buffalo, Bill & Susie Walsh, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Ottawa Savings Bank and Heritage Harbor, LLC.

The Conservation Foundation and the City of Ottawa have formed an unprecedented partnership around the Dayton Bluffs and its 253 acres of natural beauty.  We own the property and are responsible for its longterm management and restoration, while the City of Ottawa leases it from us and operates it as a city park.  With a mile of Fox River frontage, multiple ravines, each their own lilttle ecosystem, fascinating geology and captivating history, the Dayton Bluffs Preserve is a truly unique property.  We are so pleased to have been able to preserve it and through this partnership, to ensure its long-term ecological restoration and still be able to share its magic with the public.

To learn more about the Dayton Bluffs Preserve, click here.