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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

09-30-2020 13:00:00

Trees are on the forefront of climate change mitigation, human health, and social justice. Their importance cannot be understated. However, it can be ...

09-30-2020 17:30:00

Join us for a Forest Therapy Walk on September 30th, 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Dean Nature Sanctuary in Oak Brook!

Immerse yourself in nature and exp...

10-07-2020 13:00:00

A naturalized neighborhood pond shoreline can reduce erosion, geese and algae. But does this mean your pond will look weedy? Of course not! Learn the ...

10-07-2020 17:30:00

Join us for a Forest Therapy Walk on October 7th, 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Dean Nature Sanctuary in Oak Brook!

Immerse yourself in nature and experi...

10-10-2020 10:00:00

Join us for a Forest Therapy Walk on October 10th, 10am to Noon at Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville!

Immerse yourself in nature and experience the h...

10-14-2020 17:30:00

Join us for a Forest Therapy Walk on October 14th, 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Dean Nature Sanctuary in Oak Brook!

Immerse yourself in nature and exper...

10-21-2020 13:00:00

Learn about the significance of oaks in Illinois and what challenges they are facing across our region. Get involved in supporting our natural area by...

10-21-2020 17:30:00

Join us for a Forest Therapy Walk on October 21st, 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Dean Nature Sanctuary in Oak Brook!

Immerse yourself in nature and exper...

10-24-2020 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...

10-25-2020 13:00:00

Join us for a Forest Therapy Walk on Sunday, October 25th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Lincoln Marsh in Wheaton!

Immerse yourself in nature and experie...

11-21-2020 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...

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...

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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

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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For the Love of Land

We are beyond thrilled to announce a trio of exciting land protection projects that have come to fruition in the last couple of months, preserving

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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.