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.
If you are looking for a program for your organization, you can go to our For Groups page to see what we offer. Our community programs for 2019 are listed below.
Creating Healthy Habitat for the Rusty-patched Bumblebee
Saturday, January 26, 2019
In 2017, Bombus affinis, the Rusty- Patched Bumble Bee, became the first bumble bee to be listed as federally endangered. So, how can we help them? Learn what ecosystems B. affinis inhabits, the stages of its life cycle, what its habitat needs are, and what specific plants native to our area offer healthy bumble bee nutrition. By supporting the recovery of B. affinis, we can help safeguard our other pollinators.
Habitat Makeover: Adding Value to Your Landscape
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Andy Stahr, Landscape Architect and Ecologist
Hear a unique perspective on the successful implementation of natural areas into home landscapes. Stahr will introduce a wildlife value rating tool that can be used to evaluate a landscape’s current wildlife value as well as a plan for increasing its value through adaptive gardening.
Favorite Native Plants: Trees, Shrubs, Flowers and Grasses
Saturday March 9, 2019
Meredith C. Tucker, Naturalist and Chair of CFC’s Habitat Corridors program
Our favorite presenter will share some favorite native plants that are popular with her Habitat Corridors homeowners. These plants grow successfully in various conditions in our area. Come get some ideas for your yard and be ready to order from the plant sale this spring.
A Morning with Rachel Carson
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Leslie Goddard, Actress and Scholar
Imagine having a conversation with Rachel Carson, scientist and author of Silent Spring, a wake-up call about the dangers of the pesticide DDT. Providing a portrayal of an influential and important woman from the past, this presentation is significant to environmental issues today.
RSVP 847-382-SAVE (7283) or
Programs begin at 10:00 a.m. and end by 11:30. Come for coffee, conversation and handouts at 9:30. CFC members attend free as a benefit of membership. Program fee is $10 for non-members.
All programs will be held at the Barrington Village Hall at 200 South Hough Street in Barrington. Convenient free parking in lot behind the building.