Dragonflies and Damselflies—Date Change 2/18

Dragonflies and Damselflies Guest Speaker: Cindy Crosby, Author of Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural and Personal History NOTE NEW Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 Time: 9:30 a.m. coffee, conversation, displays, handouts; 10:00-11:30 a.m. program Location: Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street; free parking behind building Discover the fascinating and bizarre lives of these garden fliers. Learn about their distinctive …

Local Oaks—Date Change 4/15

Local Oaks—Helping Them Thrive Guest Speaker: Ed Collins, Director of Land Preservation and Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation District NOTE NEW Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023 Time: 9:30 a.m. coffee, conversation, displays, handouts; 10:00-11:30 a.m. program Location: Barrington Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street; free parking behind building Ed Collins will share his wealth of information about oak trees in …

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walks & Hikes 2023

We are excited to once again sponsor this fabulous series of local bird watching adventures! Track spring migration with Barrington naturalists Wendy Paulson, Barb Karon and Laura Simpson.Walks are free and open to the public. Spaces are limited and registration is required.Bring binoculars (and insect repellent if desired) and dress for the weather. See full list dates and view details. …

Restoration Workdays

We have finished sowing seeds that were harvested this fall back into the preserves. Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers, who helped collect and process seed this year. We are now into the full swing of winter restoration activities. Join us to cut invasive brush this season. It is a rewarding winter workout!  Learn more and sign up for …

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Volunteers assist with seed harvesting in a preserve.

Help us protect natural areas and restore native plant communitiesin the greater Barrington area. Membership benefits include discounts at CFC plant sales, free admission to our educational programs, free children’s classes, and much more. Become a member today!

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

“These Camp sessions have now been completed for 2022.  Watch this space for details on our 2023 programs.” 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 …