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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 47 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

02-26-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

02-27-2020 14:00:00

3.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available for this seminar

 

The 2020 Beyond the Basics Stor...

03-04-2020 12:00:00

DuPage County Stormwater Management and The Conservation Foundation are hosting a FREE lunch and learn workshop in the ...

03-15-2020 13:00:00

In this 1 p.m. workshop, Jim Kleinwachter will show you how rain barrels and rain gardens work and how to install them to capture the valuable water r...

03-18-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

03-19-2020 19:00:00

"The Biggest Little Farm" is inspiring not just for farming enthusiasts, but for all who care about
making our earth b...

03-25-2020 18:30:00

DuPage County Stormwater Management and The Conservation Foundation are hosting a FREE "Detention Basins: Going Native"...

03-25-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

03-29-2020 13:00:00

In this 1 p.m. workshop, Jim Kleinwachter will show you how rain barrels and rain gardens work and how to install them ...

04-15-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

04-29-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

05-20-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

05-27-2020 19:00:00

The Fox River and the land next to it contribute to the open space, natural areas and water quality we enjoy and that a...

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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

Marvel Davis

Marvel Davis has lived in the Big Rock area her entire life.  Her late husband, Harley, lived in Big Rock his entire life.  One of Harley’s ancestors,

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Don & Espie Nelson

Don Nelson (pictured) and his wife Espie are long-time members of The Conservation Foundation and our Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition, and have been a

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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.