The Land Conservation Foundation will host an event, “Saving Land Saving Species: Lessons for Central Illinois from Central America,” at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 Neil St. in Champaign. Ticket prices include dinner.

The guest speaker will be Mark Wainwright, a wildlife biologist and author from Costa Rica. He is also president of the Monteverde Conservation League of Costa Rica, which manages the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, the largest private preserve in Central America at 54,000 acres.

Reservations are due Sept. 15, and can be made by calling the LCF at 217-607-8155 or emailing