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The support of more than 5,000 members and 500 volunteers helps us carry out our mission to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment in northeastern Illinois. We focus our work in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties where we have helped preserve more than 35,000 acres of open space, and we also go where we are needed in LaSalle, DeKalb and Grundy Counties.

The support of more than 5,000 members and donors and 500 volunteers makes it possible for us to carry out our mission to improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois.  We focus our work in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties where we have helped preserve more than 35,000 acres of open space, and we also go where we are needed in LaSalle, DeKalb and Grundy Counties.

About Us

Simply put, we save land and we save rivers, and we’ve been at it for 47 years. Founded in 1972, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois.

Events

Upcoming events hosted by the Conservation Foundation

06-24-2019 09:00:00

This week-long day camp for ages 7-10 will run from June 24th through June 28th, 9am to 3pm at The Conservation Foundatio...

07-08-2019 09:00:00

This summer camp session for children entering 1st-3rd Grade will run from July 29th through August 2nd, 9am to Noon daily at The Conservation Foundat...

07-15-2019 09:00:00

This summer camp session for children entering 4th-6th Grade will run from July 15th through July 19th, 9am to Noon daily at The Conservation Foundati...

07-20-2019 14:00:00

Join us for an event that is quintessentially summer, the Beer, Bands and Barns music and beer festival at our Dickson-Murst Farm on Saturday, July 20...

07-29-2019 09:00:00

This summer camp session for children entering 1st-3rd Grade will run from July 8th through July 12th, 9am to Noon daily at The Conservation Foundatio...

08-05-2019 09:00:00

This summer camp session for children entering 4th-6th Grade will run from August 5th through 9th, 9am to Noon daily at The Conservation Foundation's ...

08-10-2019 17:00:00

All are invited to come to our table for an evening of simple pleasures and exquisite food in the middle of McDonald Farm's 60 peaceful acres.

The ...

08-18-2019 09:00:00

“Like a trip to Grandma’s Farm” is how Dickson-Murst Farm Partner Kristy Gravlin describes the annual Dickson-Murst Day at the Farm, planned this year...

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The Conservation Foundation’s Green Earth Harvest CSA is an all-organic farming operation that provides healthy, organic vegetables to the community through the sale of “shares”. When you become a Green Earth Harvest CSA shareholder, you are essentially purchasing a portion of the harvest. You’ll come to McDonald Farm in Naperville (or one of our remote pickup locations) every week or every other week and pick up your produce.

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Conservation Stories

Naperville Post Office

A visit to the post office has become a feast for the senses of Naperville residents, thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers Carolyn Finzer

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Marvel Davis

Marvel Davis has lived in the Big Rock area her entire life.  Her late husband, Harley, lived in Big Rock his entire life.  One of Harley’s ancestors,

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Don & Espie Nelson

Don Nelson (pictured) and his wife Espie are long-time members of The Conservation Foundation and our Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition, and have been a

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Shop the Rookery

Show your love for nature and our mission to preserve and restore it by purchasing these quality products for yourself or to give as gifts with purpose. A portion of your purchase will directly support our work to preserve and restore open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds and promote stewardship of the environment.