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We save rivers.

PLEASE NOTE:  Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize
our contribution to the spread of it,
our March and April events have been cancelled. 

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Healthy people and healthy communities are at the heart of
The Conservation Foundation’s mission.  We will explore rescheduling options when we see how this all unfolds.
We urge you to get outside during this time of isolation,
following social distancing and Shelter In Place guidelines.

Wishing you good health and good spirits –
we’re all in this together!

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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

04-15-2020 09:00:00

Healthy people and healthy communities are at the heart of The Conservation Foundation’s mission.
In response to publi...

04-15-2020 19:00:00

PLEASE NOTE:  Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize our contribution to the spread of it,
this eve...

04-25-2020 08:00:00

PLEASE NOTE:  Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize our contribution to the spread of it,
this eve...

04-29-2020 19:00:00

PLEASE NOTE:  Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize our contribution to the spread of it,
this eve...

05-09-2020 08:00:00

Healthy people and healthy communities are at the heart of The Conservation Foundation's mission. Due to social distanc...

05-16-2020 09:00:00

COVID-19 Notice

Healthy people and healthy communities are at the heart of The Cons...

05-20-2020 19:00:00

PLEASE NOTE:  Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize our contribution to the spread of it,
this eve...

05-23-2020 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...

05-27-2020 19:00:00

PLEASE NOTE:  Given concerns regarding COVID-19, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize our contribution to the spread of it,
this eve...

06-08-2020 00:00:00

Weekly dates in June and July!

Our week-long, half-day Nat...

06-15-2020 00:00:00

Weekly dates in June and July!

Our week-long, half-day Nat...

06-22-2020 00:00:00

Our week-long, full-day Farm Camp at the historic Dickson-Murst Farm in Montgomery will introduce your child to both th...

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...

07-20-2020 00:00:00

Weekly dates in June and July!

Our week-long, half-day Nat...

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...

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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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