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We save rivers.

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 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.

About Us

Simply put, we save land and we save rivers, and we’ve been at it for almost 50 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

06-01-2020 13:00:00

What does it mean to have an "organic" garden? What plants and methods should you use in an organic garden? Find out ev...

06-04-2020 13:00:00

What is composting? What are the ins and outs of this misunderstood garden staple? Join us to learn the basics of compo...

06-08-2020 13:00:00

Conservation can be a tricky, and sometimes intimidating, topic to navigate. But it doesn't have to be. Join CEO Brook ...

06-22-2020 13:00:00

Our intro class is back! Learn what Conservation@Home is and how you can use native plants to make your yard a better h...

06-25-2020 13:00:00

What's bloomin'? Have you been out in nature lately? What might you find blooming in your favorite preserve? Or even in...

06-27-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

06-29-2020 13:00:00

Learn what invasive species are common to the Chicago region. Find out how to remove them and what to plant instead.

07-25-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

08-22-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

09-26-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

10-24-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

11-21-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

12-19-2020 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation and the Friends of O'Hara Woods welcome you to join us for our monthly workday at O'Hara Wo...

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The Conservation Foundation’s Green Earth Harvest 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 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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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.