Community Education

The purpose of CFC's Community Education Committee is to inspire and equip local residents to lead environmentally friendly lives. We are a community resource helping homeowners to make simple changes in daily activities that will allow them to exist seamlessly in a healthy natural environment. We are especially involved in home landscaping. Community Education develops and delivers programs and materials that involve many aspects of connecting people with nature.



2018 Winter Programs

Continuing with our tradition of offering insightful programs on aspects of creating habitat and earth-friendly yard practices, we have these exciting programs planned for 2018:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Barrington Area Birds — From Natural Areas to Your Backyard 

Judy Pollock, Former Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Chicago Region, Bird Conservation Consultant, Living Habitats

The Barrington area is host to many important bird species, some that nest here and others that migrate through. The Forest Preserves of Cook County in conjunction with Chicago Audubon Society created a document that describes best practices for bird conservation in local natural areas. Homeowners can support these practices by providing bird habitat in their yards.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

 Become a Citizen Scientist 

Panel of monitors for birds, bumble bees, butterflies and plant bloom times

Learn about how to monitor

  • native bees for Bumble Bee Watch from Brandie Dunn
  • birds for Cornell’s Project FeederWatch from Meredith Tucker
  • plants’ bloom time for McHenry County Phenology Project from Kris Hall
  • butterflies for Peggy Notebaert’s Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network

Saturday March 17, 2018

Selecting Native Plants That Thrive in Wet Locations

Meredith C. Tucker, naturalist and Chair of CFC’s Habitat Corridors program

Meredith Tucker discusses planting in moist areas and shows us plants in local yards that are thriving and helping to soak up standing water. She will include examples of native trees, shrubs, forbs (flowers) and sedges.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 

The Value of Ants — Living With and Loving Them

Sean Menke, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Lake Forest College

In this new topic for Community Ed programs, Dr Menke will discuss the role of ants in the landscape and in your yard! Learn to appreciate their essential functions in healthy ecosystems.


Programs begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Barrington Village Hall and end by 11:30. Come for coffee, conversation and handouts at 9:30. We ask for registration in advance so we can plan accordingly. CFC members attend free, visitors pay $10 per program.

RSVP 847-382-SAVE (7283) or to [email protected] Please provide your name, phone number & program name.

If you are looking for a program for your organization, you can go to our For Groups page to see what we offer.