BACF grant supports Wetlands Education Trail

CFC was recently awarded a grant of $3,750 from the Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF) to begin phase one of the Wild Onion Wetland Trail project. This new trail will allow residents to be closer to nature and provide information on this “green” project happening in our community. The long-term goal of this Wild Onion Wetland Trail project is to …

Junior Naturalist Camp

Learn about nature all around you. Join CFC’s Youth Summer Camp. Hands-on experiences, learning, crafts, fun and new friends. Age-appropriate activities in small groups with high adult-to-camper ratio. Two age-specific camps offered. Kids will be wowed by exploring prairie, wetland, and savanna habitats while learning about native flowers, butterflies, birds, insects, mammals, aquatic creatures and more. Memories that will last …

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walks & Hikes 2022
Sponsored by Citizens for Conservation

Track spring migration with Barrington naturalists Wendy Paulson, Barb Karon and Laura SimpsonWalks are free and open to the public. But spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Bring binoculars (and insect repellent if desired) and dress for the weather. April 1, 8 a.m. — Crabtree Nature Center (3 Stover Road off of Palatine Road) April 8, 8 a.m. — …

2022 Membership Drive

If you are already a CFC member, we very much appreciate your historical support.  We remain steadfast in our goal to preserve and restore natural areas to protect vital habitat to improve our local environment.  We count on members like you to support these efforts, both financially and through volunteering.  We need your continuing help! Please Click Here to renew your …

Spring Native Plant, Shrub & Tree Sale 2022

We are excited to return to an in-person sale again in 2022! In Person Members Only sale: Friday, May 6, 11 am – 6 pm Open to the Public: Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8, 9am – 3 pm Plant Sale online ordering closed on April 17th. Pick Up— Online Orders:  We have over 400 orders to distribute this year!  While …

Thank you Grantors

CFC thanks these wonderful organizations who help us achieve our mission and deliver value to our community. Your help multiplies the benefit and work of our volunteers to help nature. Thank you.

Doing More Together – Partnership Projects

CFC partnered with six other conservation organizations to create the Barrington Greenway Initiative (BGI) to link 14,000 acres of quality habitat to support the natural migration of native plants and wildlife. Based on this positive experience and outcomes of doing more together, CFC has reached out to collaborate with various organizations for ecological based partnership projects. Working together has fostered …

Collaborative Permaculture Project

Citizens for Conservation and Smart Farm have begun a collaborative project to demonstrate the benefits of adopting permaculture practices in gardening and farming. Efforts include volunteers from both organizations working together collaboratively. The project also supports CFC’s Barrington Greenway Initiative (BGI) vision to link ecosystems. Permaculture is a design system that follows principals found in nature. It aims to create …

Two great events – 10/12

Seed collecting and Guided Fall Color Hike Part 1 – Enjoy being outside and help nature- collect native seeds, learn and make new friends. This is a favorite time of year for volunteering. Fun and family friendly. Meet at the CFC farmhouse, 459 IL Rt 22, across from Good Shepherd Hospital. We start at 9am and work until 11am, then …

Sunday work events added for Seed Season. Starting 9/1

Seeds wait for no one! So we’re adding an extra weekly workday to collect ripe seeds before they are gone. Depending on what’s ripe and ready to collect, we’ll be collecting and cleaning seeds every Sunday from 3:30 -5:00pm. This is a fun, easy work event – a true favorite of our volunteers. Come join the fun, learn and make …