About Citizens for Conservation

Our mission is "Saving Living Space for Living Things" through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources, and education.

What We Do

PROTECT  natural areas - CFC led the initiative to protect over 2500 acres of public land in the Barrington, Illinois area.  Years of planning, urging and negotiating resulted in the creation of four
new forest preserves:  Ela Marsh, Fox River, Grassy Lake/Flint Creek and Baker's Lake Younghusband Prairie.  CFC itself owns eleven preserves encompassing 367 acres.  Much of this land has been generously donated, but CFC has purchased over 100 acres through fundraising campaigns.

INFORM the community about the value of natural resources and foster good environmental ethics and practices.

Hundreds of people have attended free adult education programs that we offer to the public on a variety of subjects.  Our Adventures in Nature program allows children to discover and explore nature, thereby fostering an interest and passion for the outdoors.  We regularly open our preserves to the public for guided nature walks and birdwatching. CFC can approve volunteer hours of applicants to the High School National Honor Society or community service programs.  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts perform projects on our properties under our guidance.

RESTORE native plant communities - prairie, oak savanna and wetland.  CFC's prairie restoration successes have been the subject of articles in two British publications, and its floating islands
installations and grassland bird restoration efforts have been featured in two nationally broadcast TV programs.   Restoration helps perpetuate the diverse species of plants and animals that give our communities their special character.  Acting as stewards of the land, we transplant wildflowers, remove weeds, clear brush, collect seed, and conduct controlled burns.

Who We Are

We don't just hold land; we actively restore it, putting back in place the full biodiversity that once covered northeast Illinois. For restoration, education, and other efforts, we absolutely depend on volunteers, keeping our costs low and our productivity high. We own over 350 acres in several properties, provide conservation easements on properties owned by individuals, and work in selected critical areas in local Forest Preserves. All of the tracts are located in the vicinity of the Flint Creek watershed and School District 220 in the Barrington area of northeastern Illinois.

Map of Preserve Properties

More information on volunteers can be found on the Volunteer page.

2013 CFC Annual Report

Learn About CFC's accomplishments, financial review and a Thank You to our many supporters.