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We save land.

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

06-01-2022 19:00:00

From farm shares to farmers' markets, farm stands, and from our yards, local foods are important for our environment and our health! Learn about local...

06-09-2022 12:00:00

Thursday, June 9th
12:00 - 1:00pm

 

Speakers:
Benjamin Krumstok, President-...

06-14-2022 19:00:00

2nd Annual Trivia Night

Hosted by the Next Gen Advisory Council of The Conservation Foundation

06-25-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

07-06-2022 19:00:00

Summer is in full swing, but have you heard the famous phrase “I’m bored” yet? If you have, join The Conservation Foundation’s experienced educators a...

07-30-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

08-27-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

09-24-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

10-29-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

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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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Remembering Shorty Dickson

Our hearts are heavy with the news that “Shorty” Dickson, the patriarch of our Dickson-Murst Farm, passed away last week.  Richard “Shorty” Wayne Dickson was

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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.