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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

09-20-2021 12:00:00

The McDonald Farm's Annual Fall Native Tree & Shrub Sale is back! Add the beauty, shade, and habitat that native trees and shrubs provide to your ...

09-25-2021 08:00:00

Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter.
Participate in our clean-up program. Just bring yourself, gloves, and a mask. Trash ba...

10-03-2021 13:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

10-06-2021 19:00:00

Join us in October for our Illinois 30x30 Coalition: A conversation about nature-based climate solutions in Illinois webinar! The United Nations Conve...

10-13-2021 12:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

10-16-2021 13:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

10-28-2021 09:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

11-03-2021 09:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

11-13-2021 09:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

11-20-2021 13:00:00

2021 Forest Therapy Walks
 

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

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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

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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Meet Our Summer Interns

As our native plants bloomed and the summer sun lined the gravel road to the McDonald Farm, we had the pleasure of welcoming new summer

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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.