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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 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 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

09-13-2019 18:00:00

Don't miss the last exhibit of selected works from A Fox River Testimony, the collection of original Fox River paintings by plein air artist Joel Shee...

11-14-2019 17:00:00

Please join us for our Fall Membership & Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 14th, 2019, 5pm to 8:15pm at the historic Two Brothers Roundhouse in ...

12-05-2019 18:30:00

DuPage County Stormwater Management and The Conservation Foundation are hosting a FREE "Healthy Rivers, Healthy Streams." workshop to discuss the heal...

01-30-2020 07:30:00

Save the date for the 2020 DuPage Environmental Summit:  Is Climate Change Impacting DuPage County?  Exhibits and check-in will open at 7:30am with ou...

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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.

Featured Event

A Fox River Testimony Exhibit At Elgin History Museum - Open Through November 15th

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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.