Earth Day is One Day But There Are Many Opportunities to Do ‘Green’ Things Year-Round in 60010

Barrington Area Conservation Trust , Citizens for Conservation , The Talk in 60010
April 22, 2018

We are lucky to live in an area where most people genuinely care about the health of the community and the nature that supports us.

Hopefully, you were able to do an Earth Day activity with your friends and family. If you didn’t have the chance or would like to become more involved in local efforts to help our environment year round, there are two organizations doing great environmental work and welcome community support of all kind!


Citizens for Conservation (CFC): Their mission is ‘Saving living space for living things through protection, restoration, and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources and education.’

Founded in 1971 by citizens concerned about future development threat to lakes, streams, savannas, wetlands and prairies. The organization works to protect and preserve native habitats including rare species of plants and animals. They have helped save over 3,500 acres through land donation, acquisition and conservation easements. CFC also manages Eight Local Preserves, champions Habitat Corridors and launched the Barrington Greenway Initiative.

How you can get involved or learn more:

  • Become a volunteer – CFC regularly trains new volunteers to help the organization.
  • Eco Monitor Plants & Animals
  • Become a Native Seed Gardener – grow rare native plants to share seeds to help repopulate important species to the area.
  • Join them on a scheduled ‘restoration workday’ Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Activities vary based on season.
  • Make your property part of the Habitat Corridor – CFC volunteers advise how to create healthy habitats on your property.
  • Educate yourself by attending one of their events.
  • Become a member of Citizens for Conservation.
  • Donate: CFC accepts donations of land, money and can help you make them part of your planned giving.

Connect to Citizens for Conservation's website here

Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT): Their mission is to ‘Preserve our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces for current and future generations.’

Founded in 2001, by a local resident to preserve the open space, rural character, and scenic, recreational, historic, and natural resources of the Barrington communities through advocacy, education, and promotion of responsible land stewardship. They are actively restoring Five Area Nature Preserves and championing the Monarch Habitat Corridor.

How you can get involved or learn more:

  • Volunteer – BACT has opportunities for all ages to get involved throughout the year either outside working with the land or inside in support of the organization. Monday, April 23rd they will be working at Pederson Preserve from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Become a Member – become a part of BACT work and the solutions they offer for a healthier, greener place to live.
  • Create a Monarch Waystation on your property – Kits are available from BACT for 100 square foot gardens that attract the endangered Monarch Butterfly population. Order forms due May 1st!
  • Conservation@Home – Free to members and only $50 to non-members, a BACT naturalist will come to your home and advise how your property can be more eco-friendly.
  • Conservation@Work - a regional program that educates, supports and recognizes businesses and corporations who incorporate environmentally friendly practices. They also offer ‘Lunch & Learn’ programs for employees.
  • In-depth opportunities are available for Teens & Young Adults through Conservation@School, Teens4Green, Internships and Scholarships.
  • Learn about your water – BACT has resources to help you with water conservation, understanding your water quality and how to preserve it.
  • Educate yourself by attending an event or learning about how to eliminate invasive species and create a healthy property attractive to endangered native plants and animals.
  • Donate – your donation supports restoration, education of all ages, and community planting days.

Connect to the Barrington Area Conservation Trust website here

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