Save the date for BACT’s 5th annual fundraising event, Concert for Conservation, to take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
This years’ concert venue is at yet another exquisite Barrington Hills estate, Rolling Oaks Farm. Pack a delectable picnic to enjoy while relaxing in the ambiance of live music with family and friends.
Tickets $75 per person. Group pricing and sponsorship opportunities available.
BACT hosted speaker, Chad Pregracke, at the 2016 Annual Gathering on Tuesday, April 26 in the ballroom at Barrington’s White House.
Chad was a perfect fit for the gathering, whose theme was water and the connectedness we all share through our waterways, as his story mirrors the journey BACT has begun with the high school students in our area. Chad recognized the impact of the BACT Conservation@School program with Barrington High School as an integral way to educate the students on the health of our local streams and inspire students to become more aware and active in local conservation efforts. As students are being introduced to the life teeming inside Flint Creek on the BHS campus, the effects of the creek on our local watershed, and sharing in clean-up efforts in and along the creek, an environmental ethic is being cultivated in these students.
Chad Pregracke, President and Founder ofLiving Lands & Waters (LL&W) and 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, led a room full of BACT guests on his personal journey full of challenges and adventures which started as a young adult living on a garbage filled Mississippi River to his current and ongoing efforts to clean this and other rivers’ trash. Chad’s enthusiasm and perseverance was infectious as he recounted, through a captivating, genuine, and oftentimes humorous presentation, his experiences growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River and the formation of his non-profit river cleanup organization, LL&W.
BACT joined thousands of others worldwide to celebrate Earth Day on Friday April 22.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us at Pederson Preserve located across from Barrington High School on Earth Day.
Over 30 volunteers met to plant 2000 echinacea seedlings and gather two garbage bins of debris from the road side. The seedlings, grown by BHS horticulture classes in the school greenhouse this winter, were gently planted in pre-drilled holes and tenderly covered with compost and water. These new seedlings will give way to a spectacular display of native flowers adding to the beauty of this preserve which has been undergoing restoration efforts since its purchase in 2011.
Preserving open space and the vital natural resources that impact the entire region is an important part of the work we do at Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT).
Through conservation easements, heritage corridors, and community focused programs BACT works to protect our rural heritage and the environmental health of our entire region.
Did you know that the Barrington area lies in the Upper Fox River watershed? This means that most of the rainwater that falls in our area flows into the Fox River. From there, water flows west and south into the Illinois River, then into the Mississippi River and finally, into the Gulf of Mexico. As you can see, what enters our water from our land impacts many. Through water we are all connected.
BACT is acting to address the growing concern about our local and global water resources by offering support in your yard, in our community, and in the classroom.
The Conservation@Home, Conservation@Work, and Conservation@School programs bring education and tools to area residents, employees, and students to help apply conservation principles to their own landscapes.
Interested in joining our efforts? Sign up for an upcoming work day, plan to attend an event, or make a financial donation.
Together we can continue the important work of protecting the open space heritage of our community and our region and positively impact the environment.
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.