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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 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

12-18-2021 10:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

Immerse yourself in nature and experience the healing effects of forest therapy or Shinrin-Yoki (Japanese for for...

01-05-2022 19:00:00

Flowers don't just bloom in the summer! Get ideas for planning your native garden so you have year-round interest. Whether you have full sun, full sha...

01-25-2022 08:30:00

Building Climate Change Resiliency into Our Landscapes
 

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker for...

02-24-2022 08:00:00

Beyond the Basics 2022: Weathering the Storm: Building Resilient Communities Through Design

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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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Conservation Stories

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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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Remembering Our Betty

The Conservation Foundation and region in general had to say a difficult goodbye this month to a woman who was quiet in manner, but whose

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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.