BACT Horticulture students see spring on the horizon!


Spring is in the air in the horticulture classrooms.

Horticulture students1 Feb 2016This past week, as part of Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Conservation@School program, Mr. Ardente and Mr. Kedzie’s Horticulture classes planted 9900 echinacea seeds (purple coneflowers) in the Barrington High School greenhouse.

These native plant seeds will be nurtured in the greenhouse until they are planted on Earth Day at BACT owned Pederson Preserve located across from BHS.

Save the date to join Earth Day festivities on April 22nd and help plant the seedlings.  We will meet at 2:45 in front of the BHS tennis courts and walk over to the planting site.  For more information on how you can participate, contact Susan Lenz, BACT Conservation@School Coordinator, at

Volunteer Program Launch



Join us on February 23, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for an informal meeting to launch the new BACT Volunteer Program.

The meeting will provide a brief background of the organization along with ways you can join as a volunteer.  Come alone or bring a friend…all are welcome.


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Plan Your Native Garden & Plant Sale


On Thursday, March 10 BACT will host Plan Your Native Garden at the Barrington Library from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Rain garden design & installation by Ringers Landscaping.

Conservation@Home coordinator, Beth Adler, along with Mary Kate Solymossy will present beautiful and functional native trees, shrubs, forbs, and grasses to enhance your home landscape.  You will be given plant lists and generic planting plans for a

  • Privacy garden
  • Rain garden/Bird & Butterfly garden
  • Year-round color garden

You will have an opportunity to design your own garden plan, receive advice from Beth or Mary Kate, and order plants.


Plants will be available to order through the BACT website following the workshop.   Orders for forbs & grasses will be taken through April 1.  Orders for trees & shrubs will be taken through May 1.  Rain barrels are available for order as well.   Plant pick-up is scheduled for Friday, May 20 between noon and 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Barrington Village Hall.



Summer Internship Opportunity


IMG_0429As an opportunity to students entering tenth through twelfth grades, BACT is offering four internships that will help gain an understanding of and experience with habitat restoration and stream monitoring.  Through assisting with native plant installation and identification as well as invasive plant removal, Flint Creek stream monitoring, and stream data collection/reporting students will be able to participate in activities to broaden their understanding of ecology and environmental topics.


For more information and to apply, please click here.

Deadline to submit applications is March 28, 2016.




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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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.