Don’t miss this important movie screening!


Movie Screening

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

November 5, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Cabela’s, S. Barrington

“Finally, a film that examines the critical role that native plants play in our landscapes. Hometown Habitat, featuring Douglas Tallamy, explores our land ethic and how we need to make radical changes in our plant selections to increase biodiversity, heal the earth, and find harmony with nature. This documentary should be included in every school curriculum.”
—Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants

Hometown Habitat
is a 90-minute environmental education documentary film showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Entomologist Doug Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the benefits of native plants in landscaping, provides the narrative thread throughout the film. The message: Each individual has the power to conserve resources, restore habitat for wildlife and bring beauty to their patch of earth.

This movie fosters the mission of The Meadow Project to educate and raise awareness about sustainable, native, healthy, easy and affordable land care practices that support wildlife and human life.

We hope to see you there. Bring a friend!

Oaktober Event and Annual Oak Contest


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To raise awareness for the Illinois state tree, Governor Bruce Rauner has designated October as Oaktober, Oak Awareness Month. Come celebrate with us on BACT owned Far Field Preserve, currently being restored to its original oak savanna heritage. We will plant oak trees and saplings, collect native seeds, roast marshmallows and listen to music on a beautiful fall day. There is fun for the whole family.

In addition, BACT is hosting our annual oak contest. The Great Oaks contest has three categories: tree size, classic beauty and personal story (a short narrative on why/how this particular tree has impacted your life). Nine winning oak trees will be named; first, second, and third place in each category. Category winners will be announced on October 8 at the BACT Oaktober Fest.

Please read on for contest rules and entry form.

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A Big “Thank You” to All!


The BACT’s annual Concert for Conservation was held on August 27 at Rolling Oaks Farm (the Galvin Estate) and was a lovely evening filled with socializing and the sounds of ’60s and ’70s music from the Burnell Group. 

We had a tremendous turnout for the event as it continues to grow, with over 300 people attending this year. All told, we raised more than $136,000 from the event, for which we gratefully thank our hardworking committee chairs, Matt Vondra, Meghan Norton, and Jess Green.

Thanks also to our staff and the many volunteers who made the event such a big success! We hope to see you next year!

If you would like to see more pictures from the event, click here.



BACT Supports Tower Lakes in Green Initiatives.


Rain GardenBarrington Area Conservation Trust applauds the community of Tower Lakes in their efforts to be a truly green community.  BACT was present at Tower Lakes’ second annual Eco Day where they joined other conservation-minded organizations in support of Tower Lakes’ sustainable decision-making.
BACT Executive Director, Lisa Woolford, was the keynote speaker at this years’ event.  Woolford talked about the ways the Conservation Trust has supported Tower Lakes over the years. (Click here to view the presentation slides.)
In 2012, BACT contributed $200,000 to help purchase a 15.5 acre oak woodland located off Route 59 in Tower Lakes.  While the Village of Tower Lakes and Cuba Township co-own the property, BACT holds a conservation easement on the land that will protect it in its current natural state forever.
BACT founded the Tower Lake Drain Watershed Partnership in order to support efforts to improve water quality in this area.  Through its Conservation@Home program, BACT has visited dozens of homes in the Tower Lakes community assisting individual landowners with sustainable options for their own backyards.
BACT continues to support the Tower Lakes community, as well as the communities in the greater Barrington area, to preserve our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces for current and future generations.White pelicans


What do we do?


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 coWork Day Group Apr 2015-1nservation 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.


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