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We save land.

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

08-15-2022 09:00:00

The online 2022 Glen Ellyn Native Tree & Shrub Sale is here! The sale opens on Monday, August 15th at 9:00am and closes on Friday, September 16th ...

08-20-2022 17:00:00

Wow - that went fast!

Our Fox River Paddlewheel Boat Cruise is sold out.

08-24-2022 18:00:00

Wednesday, August 24th
6:00 - 7:00pm

 

Three Rivers Public Library in Minook...

08-24-2022 18:30:00

Grow Solar Chicagoland is back for 2022! Join Windfree Solar, Grow Solar Chicagoland, and The Conservation Foundation at McDonald Farm in Naperville f...

08-24-2022 18:30:00

Conservation@Home Class

 

Wednesday, August 24th
6:30 - 7:30pm

 
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08-27-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

08-28-2022 09:00:00

Sunday, August 28th
9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Dickson-Murst Farm

09-07-2022 19:00:00

Community Connection & Fun on the Farm
 

For Green Earth Harvest’s 20th Anniversary, our farmers are celebrating 20 years of local commun...

09-17-2022 15:00:00

Saturday, September 17th
3:00 – 8:00pm

 

Dickson-Murst Farm

09-18-2022 13:00:00

McDonald Farm photographed by Ed Teune

 
Green Earth's Fall Community Market
 
Sunday, September 18th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
 

09-24-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

10-29-2022 08:00:00

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Program
Donate one hour of your time and help make Yorkville brighter – participate in our clean-up program!
 

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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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