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.

Group gathering for start of yard walk

2018 Winter Programs

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.