Conservation Stories

50th Anniversary Of Earth Day

“Spring reminds us that resilience is only a season away.”  ~Angie Weiland Crosby __________________________________________ “During the wild uncertainty of a frightened land, Spring reached out her mystical hand, willing to

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A Safe Place to Learn and Connect

With so much that was familiar in their little worlds crumbling around them this year, it has been incredibly important to still serve the youth of our communities and connect them to

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Clete Rettenmeier – Aurora Fire Station #12

When the Aurora Fire Chief approved some landscape improvements at Fire Station #12, fireman Clete Rettenmeier called on The Conservation Foundation.  Clete had already worked on his own yard through the Conservation@Home program

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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 certified Conservation@Home property for more

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Field Notes: Climate Change

As I turned up the driveway to the farm two Sundays ago, I stared down the face of climate change in the form of several fields flooded out, the product

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For the Love of Land

We are beyond thrilled to announce a trio of exciting land protection projects that have come to fruition in the last couple of months, preserving 330 acres across Kane, Kendall

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King John of McDonald Farm

“The Farm – it feels like a new kingdom,” says John Wagner of Wheaton.  John is a builder of kingdoms – he actually built Disney’s Magic Kingdom on Minecraft –

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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, John Pierce, settled the family’s

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Meet Our Summer Interns

As our native plants bloomed and the summer sun lined the gravel road to the McDonald Farm, we had the pleasure of welcoming new summer interns to The Conservation Foundation. 

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