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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

04-27-2021 00:00:00

Pre-order your compost bin and rain barrel for Conservation@Home! Pick-Up information can be found below.

05-12-2021 13:00:00

Have shady spots in your yard that make it difficult to grow anything? Join host Jamie Viebach to learn how "thinking like woods" can help you turn a ...

05-15-2021 09:00:00

Join us for the 30th Anniversary of this record-setting tradition!
Saturday, May 15th, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate THIRTY YEARS...

05-19-2021 13:00:00

The aquatic insect order Odonata includes the dragonflies and damselflies - remarkable insects strongly tied to the wetlands and waterways in which th...

05-26-2021 13:00:00

Reduce air, water, and soil pollution with sustainable land management practices. Learn more about Green Guerrilla's eco-friendly services and how you...

06-02-2021 13:00:00

Physical activity is critical for wellness - it reduces the health impacts of sedentary behavior, improves mental health, and prevents non-communicabl...

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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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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.