ICF Outdoor Hall of Fame Gala

2022 Virtual Gala

The ICF Outdoor Hall of Fame Gala is Illinois’ premier fundraising event for outdoor education, recreation and wildlife conservation. Proceeds benefit the many programs of the Illinois Conservation Foundation, which since 1995 has raised and given away more than $41 million in collaboration with the IDNR, among other public and private partners.

In 2022, the ICF is honoring John Burke, Jr., Betty DeFord, and Brian Drendel. The ICF is also pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for 2022 is esteemed actor, author and woodworker Nick Offerman.

2022 Hall of Fame Inductees John Burke Jr, Betty DeFord, Brian Drendel

2022 Virtual Gala

Virtual Keynote Speaker

Nick Offerman is an actor, author, and woodworker, best known as the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Forest in Devs, the FX limited series from writer-director Alex Garland, Karl Weathers in the FX series Fargo and co-host and executive producer of NBC’s Making It. He co-stars as Colin Kaepernick’s father in the Netflix limited series Colin in Black & White, produced by Ava Duvernay, and is the voice of Beef Tobin in the FOX animated series, The Great North. Recent and upcoming projects include Pam & Tommy on Hulu, The Last of Us (HBO) and Amazon’s reboot of A League of Their Own.

Nick Offerman portrait photo credit Taylor MillerOfferman has written five New York Times Bestselling books, including his latest, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside (Penguin Random House, 2021), Paddle Your Own Canoe, Gumption, Good Clean Fun, and The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, written with his wife, Megan Mullally. Film credits include Hearts Beat Loud, Lucy in the Sky, The Founder, Bad Times at the El Royale, The Hero, The Lego Movie (1&2), White Fang, and The Little Hours. He publishes the Substack newsletter Donkey Thoughts, and in his spare time, he can be found at his woodshop in Los Angeles building hand-crafted items from wood, ranging from spoons to canoes and ukuleles.