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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 more than 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.

We believe…
every person, regardless of where they live or their social-economic status, deserves clean water, clean air, and safe access to nature as a way to be healthy and happy.

Events

January 28, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
February 8, 2023
Building Health, Wellness, and Mindful Nature Programming
February 9, 2023
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
February 15, 2023
Building Health, Wellness, and Mindful Nature Programming
February 15, 2023
A River Flows Through It
February 16, 2023
Membership & Awards Luncheon
February 21, 2023
Conservation On Tap
February 22, 2023
Building Health, Wellness, and Mindful Nature Programming
March 15, 2023
A River Flows Through It
April 17, 2023
April Showers! Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, & Native Plants
April 19, 2023
A River Flows Through It
May 17, 2023
A River Flows Through It
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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.

latest news & Articles

Conservation Stories

It All Comes Back To The Land

We’ve had the great honor and pleasure these past few months of sharing some huge conservation “wins” of the past year or so. If you’ve donated or supported us in

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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.

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