CFC Has Something For the Whole Family

Citizens for Conservation is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to environmental preservation and restoration of the wider biodiversity that once covered northeast Illinois. CFC is based in Barrington, Illinois where the organization owns and carefully manages over 415 acres in 11 property locations.

The CFC doesn’t just hold land, however; the CFC actively restores it through volunteerism and financial aid from generous donors who want to see the beauty and biodiversity of our land remain for generations to come. Volunteers with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests drive our restoration efforts, education programs, and a variety of other activities.

If you are inspired to join the CFC in saving living space for living things, you are welcome you to peruse the events below to volunteer, attend a seminar or outdoor activity, or just stop by and say hello! Whichever you choose, you’ll be glad you did!

Start Your Garden Growing with the Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale

Native plants provide many advantages for gardeners and the environment.  They do not require fertilizers or pesticides which save gardeners both time and money.  In addition, their deep, fibrous root systems firmly anchor in soil to help conserve water and prevent erosion.  Native plants do not require watering once established, but instead provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Choose from native perennials, grasses, sedges, ferns, butterfly and rain gardens, native wildflowers, plants for woodlands, prairies and wetlands. Citizens for Conservation will hold its 19th annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A huge selection of robust, hardy native plants will be available for purchase and knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Perhaps Some Flowers for Mom…Take a Mother’s Day Wildflower Tour

Make Mother’s Day weekend extra special! Mothers and grandmothers can join their children ages 5 and older to view the beautiful spring flowers at Baker’s Lake in Barrington on Saturday, May 9, from 1-3 p.m. Learn about native flowers and watch birds nesting on the island in the lake. Children will receive live flowers to give for Mother’s Day. Dads are welcome, of course!

And a Trail Walk, too!

CFC kicks off this year with free interactive self-guided prairie walks at Flint Creek Savanna Preserve on Sunday, May 10, from 1- 4 p.m. Wildflowers will be in bloom so do bring a smartphone with a scanner app and access videos of experts along the trail, if you like. Wear good hiking shoes; maps and refreshments will be provided. The Savanna and Prairie Trail will be open to the public the first Sunday of each month, June through September.

Families That Seine Together …

Join Tom Vanderpoel for a close look at native fish of Illinois on Saturday, June 13, from 1-4:30 p.m. We will drive to a local creek or lake to wade and capture fish using seines (nets). This is an exciting way to discover the amazing creatures living in our local water systems. Don’t miss it! This class is open to children age 6 and above. Parents are required to attend. Prepare to get wet and muddy!

For Your Little Camper…The CFC Beginning Naturalist’s Camp is in session June 8-12

This pre-school camp is for children ages 4 and 5 years old and will focus on a week of nature adventures at Flint Creek Savanna in Barrington. We will hike, observe, make nature crafts, discover insects, frogs, and other animal friends, learn about trees and flowers, and so much more. Each day campers will learn about a specific ecosystem. They will hear stories and draw pictures of what they see. Camp fee is $100 for CFC members and $150 for non-members. Please register early online, as only 12 participants will be accepted.

And If Volunteering is Your Pleasure…

Citizens for Conservation restoration volunteers have launched the ambitious spring workday schedule, working every Thursday and Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. Jobs may include energizing spring projects such as sowing legume seed, cutting brush, rescuing native plants, and planting sedges, all vital to the continued success and expansion of CFC’s award-winning restorations.

Experienced and new volunteers are always welcome! Meet at CFC headquarters at 459 West Highway 22 in Lake Barrington. Look for the white farmhouse with a silo across from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Bring work gloves, and dress for the weather. CFC will provide the tools and you’ll enjoy yourself so much, you’ll sign up again next week!

For further information and to enjoy the CFC events listed above, registration forms can be found at Please call 847.382.SAVE (7283) with questions.