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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

04-01-2021 08:00:00

April is Earth Month, and since we can't gather for our traditional large Earth Day Benefit Dinner in person, we're lighting up all of April with a mi...

04-12-2021 18:00:00

Join us on Monday, April 12th at our Kane County Earth Day Gathering for food and drinks, LIVE MUSIC (ohhh haven't we been missing that!!) and a cozy ...

04-13-2021 18:00:00

Join us on Tuesday,  April 13th at our Will County Earth Day Gathering for food and drinks, LIVE MUSIC (ohhh haven’t we been missing that!!) and a coz...

04-14-2021 13:00:00

Learn how you can use kitchen scraps and yard waste to create rich, beautiful compost for use in your garden! We will discuss the different types of c...

04-18-2021 14:00:00

Young Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your Seeds!

Have you ever wanted to grow your own garden but didn't know how to start? Learn step by step how to...

04-19-2021 12:00:00

Do you know where your food comes from? We do! Enjoy a Facebook Live tour of McDonald Farm with Farm Manager Jason Halm at Noon on Monday, April 19th,...

04-20-2021 19:00:00

The Conservation Foundation’s NextGen Council presents
Earth Day Benefit Trivia Night!
Test your nature knowledge and pop trivia skills during this ...

04-22-2021 18:00:00

Our Earth Day Benefit Month-Long Festival will reach its crescendo at Earth Day Benefit LIVE! on April 22nd, 6pm to 9pm.  Gather with us in-person or ...

04-25-2021 13:00:00

Join Glen Ellyn's Earth Day Symposium to hear from professionals in the area about Conservation in Our Community. Our very own TCF staff members will ...

04-27-2021 19:00:00

Have any questions about Conservation@Home or getting certified? Come to our Q&A with Jim Kleinwachter, the Conservation@Home Program Manager. Lea...

04-28-2021 13:00:00

This two-part program will tell you about the “Operation Pollination” project aimed at restoring pollinator habitat, as well as take you on a trip alo...

04-30-2021 08:00:00

Our greenhouses are bursting with a wide variety of organic vegetable and herb seedlings grown here at McDonald Farm by...

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...

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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.