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Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.  It is a movement that was created as a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

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What happens at a Restoration Work Day?

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Far Field burn Nov 8 2015

On Sunday, November 8th volunteers helped to continue restoration work on our Far Field Preserve in Barrington Hills by piling buckthorn and other brush and burning those piles to clear the perimeter of the field near the road.

Far Field Preserve located on the southeast corner of Lake-Cook and Old Sutton Roads, was being farmed for soybeans just over one year ago.  The owners donated the parcel to BACT with the desire and long term goal of having it restored to its original oak savanna.   Last December, this parcel was seeded with prairie grass seed, the first step in restoration.  Work continues on the parcel, removing invasive growth such as buckthorn, tending to the native grass, and planting oak saplings.

This parcel is one example of restoration work being done in the Barrington area by BACT staff and friends.  We hope as you travel throughout the area you will see these efforts and admire the beauty.  We could not preserve the open lands and the accompanying natural resources without the efforts of many hands.

Want to become involved?  Watch for work day opportunities  on our website. We welcome individuals and groups.


Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring


BHS Stream Monitor1 Sept2015On Tuesday, September 22 Barrington Area Conservation Trust ‘s Conservation Leadership Project Coordinator, Susan Lenz, led approximately 220 Barrington High School students on a quest in Flint Creek.  The objective?  To input their real world data into a stream monitoring program that will make comparisons between sites from season to season and year to year.

These students from five Barrington High School AP and Honors Environmental Science classes visited one of five sites on a portion of Flint Creek located on the BHS campus.  They performed physical, chemical, and biological tests.  The students will revisit the same site several times throughout the school year and monitor their observations.      BHS Stream Monitor8 Sept2015

BHS teachers from these classes commented that for some of the students this was the first time they had been in a river.  The students reactions were surprise at the variety of living organisms in the river.  The Science Department Chair, Julie Baylor, stated that “everyone is really happy and excited for the next monitoring experience”.

Watch for updated information on the Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring.

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Elizabeth Bramsen named into the Illinois Conservation Foundation 2015 Outdoors Hall of Fame


On the eve of Thursday, September 24th, Elizabeth (Betsy) Hamill Bramsen, along with two other Illinois residents, was  inducted into the 2015 Illinois Outdoors Hall of Fame at the Illinois Conservation Foundation Induction Ceremony and Fundraising Dinner.  Betsy also received the Chairman’s award from Wayne Rosenthal for her efforts on behalf of youth conservation education.

Betsy ICF award2Betsy is a founding board member at Barrington Area Conservation Trust and has been instrumental in our work in and around the Barrington communities.  Betsy has helped develop the Barrington High School Conservation Leadership Project that is helping students develop meaningful connections to nature through classroom and field experiences.

In 2001, Betsy supported the Brookfield Zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo that boasts hands-on, interactive programs that teach children about nature and conservation.  Children are encouraged to “dig in the dirt and get muddy,” she said.  In July, she opened Hamill Wild Encounters at the zoo.

Click here to learn more about Betsy and her wonderful contribution to the preservation of our natural world.

To learn more about the work of the Illinois Conservation Foundation please visit their website at


Fox River Grove District 3 receives Conservation@ School Certification


FRG C@School ErikEricBethBrandonWhen students at two schools in Fox River Grove District 3 came back to school this fall, they were greeted with a beautiful natural landscape that now supports native plants, wildlife, and sustainable habitats.

Both Fox River Grove Middle School and Algonquin Road Elementary School were recently awarded Conservation@School certification by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust for their work with Ringers Landscaping to transform the schools’ outdoor areas into extensions of the classroom that provide educational opportunities about our environment and the world in which we live.


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A New Home for BACT


Barrington Area Conservation Trust offices have moved to Barrington’s White House, the new community and cultural center in the heart of downtown Barrington.

Located in Suite 201 at 145 W. Main Street, BACT is neighbors with Let It Be Us and Barrington Children’s Charities.  The historic house boasts a lovely third floor ballroom that may be rented for events and special celebrations.  First floor parlors are also available to rent and several events have been planned for the public.   For more information click here or visit the Events page on the Barrington White House website.