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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

12-02-2020 13:00:00

"Hoo" are the strange and mysterious creatures that lurk in the dark in the neighborhoods around us? Join us to learn about Owls and how these rarely ...

12-09-2020 13:00:00

If you plant the plants, the animals will come. What insects can you expect to find when you start making an attractive yard? Entomologist Terry Miesl...

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...

01-28-2021 08:30:00

Our annual DuPage Environmental Summit is planned for January 28th from 8:30am to Noon and will be held virtually this year for the safety of all.

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02-25-2021 08:00:00

The Conservation Foundation presents our Beyond the Basics conference 2021 for community leaders and stormwater professionals.. Our theme this yea...

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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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Strengthening Our Foundation:

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Conservation Stories

50th Anniversary Of Earth Day

“Spring reminds us that resilience is only a season away.”  ~Angie Weiland Crosby __________________________________________ “During the wild uncertainty of a frightened land, Spring reached out

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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.