The BACT | Great Oaks of Barrington Contest recognizes people who care for our area’s precious oak trees – from those who plant oaks to those who clear out invasive species beneath our community’s long-lived sentinels – because we understand and value this ecosystem. Renowned ecologist and entomologist Doug Tallamy linked a single white oak tree to 534 species of moths and butterflies. To download an entry form, please click here.
In 2014, we added the Acorn Award to recognize people who are inspiring others to grow oaks through their own positive example. We also a created a special award to recognize the Most Fascinating (but true) Story behind local oaks.
About the contest
Age, health, location, classic beauty, and personal story are used to judge the trees. The overall winner receives a free consultation with an oak tree expert to support the oak’s long-term health.
Participation in the competition is different each year. Anyone with a healthy oak tree – big or small – can enter their tree, however we request that participants who have won awards in previous years not re-enter their winning tree for at least 5 years.
The greatest award in this contest comes with knowing that you’re providing food and shelter for a vast array of wildlife, especially birds and butterflies that depend on these disappearing giants.
Want to plant an oak tree?
According to Illinois State Museum, there are approximately 20 species of oaks that are native to Illinois. Bur, red, white, and swamp white oaks are just a few species that are common to our area and BACT staff can suggest sources for native oaks.
Through the BACT | Conservation@Home program, you can learn how to successfully re-introduce oaks to your yard or make a better home for those that already exist. To learn more, call (847) 387-3149 or e-mail Conservation@Home coordinator Beth Adler.