Register For Our Gravel Hill Prairie Hike and Lite Yoga

Join us from 10:00am – 12:00pm  for our Hike and Lite Yoga outing at the Gravel Hill Prairie.  Enjoy a crisp morning of hiking at the beautiful Gravel Hill Prairie followed by lite yoga instruction led our own Susan Lenz, Director of Community Engagement.  Remember to wear appropriate clothing and shoes and don’t forget your water bottle and a yoga mat! 

BACT members are free. Non-members are $20.00 per person.   The fee for a non-member paid by cash or check is $20.00 per person which can be dropped at our offices or mailed to:  Barrington Area Conservation Trust, 145 W. Main Street, Suite 201, Barrington, Illinois  60010.

If you choose to pay by Paypal below an extra $ .91 handling fee will be added at the time of processing.  Please call our offices at 847.387.3149 with any questions Monday – Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm or email Emily@bactrust.org.



Thank You For Supporting Our 2017 Concert For Conservation

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the BACT 2017 Concert For Conservation fundraiser!  It is early yet, but it looks like it was a record event for BACT and we can’t thank our  sponsors and the Barrington community, members and non-members, enough for all the support.

There were many firsts this year.

  • There were over 300 tickets sold.
  • We introduced the Countryside Toodle drive (more information below).
  • Many owners with their classic cars showed up and were displayed near the concert venue.
  • Flesk Brewing, Barrington’s new brewery, came out to serve samples of a special beer called The Conservationist which they brewed just for us.
  • and we had our largest group of BHS teenagers volunteer to help this year.

Thanks also goes too Pat McKillen and the Don Cagin Orchestra who got everyone up and dancing in between the rain drops.  Check back here for more updates on all of our sponsors, auction winners and raffle winners.

 

 

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
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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!

Need Native Plants for Fall?

native-plant-sale-bannerBACT is partnering with FPDCC for a Native Plant Sale on September 24 at Camp Reinberg in Palatine

The native plant sale will be held as part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s “Party for the Preserves” event celebrating Public Lands Day.  We will have a wonderful selection of  forbs and grasses from Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery. In addition to the plant sale, this all-day event features various sessions, including birding, brush-cutting, and a showing of the movie “Hometown Habitat.” Click here for a full schedule of the day’s events.

The plant sale is at Camp Reinberg, 1801 N Quentin Rd., Palatine (MAP) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  (Pre-ordered plants may be picked up during this time.)

Questions? Call Beth Adler at 847.387.3149. 

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.

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BACT participating in Fred Fest

Fred Fest photo by Bob Lee.

Fred Fest photo by Bob Lee.

BACT will join the fun as Fred Fest returns to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington, Saturday, August 20, from 1–8 pm. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities.

Fred Fest benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, raising funds for the restoration of  of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington.  Efforts include restoring nearly 100 acres along the Fox River to its pre-settlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species.

Join us for games and crafts.  Please note there is no rain date.

 

Inspiration from speaker, Chad Pregracke

BACT hosted speaker,   Chad Pregracke, at the 2016 Annual Gathering on Tuesday, April 26 in the ballroom at Barrington’s White House.

Annual GatheringBoys&DaveChad 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 of Living 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.

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Native Plant Sale

Order trees & shrubs now through May 1 and order rain barrels as well!

Rain garden design & installation by Ringers Landscaping.

Landscaping with native trees, shrubs, and plants in strategic parts of your yard (in partnership with your turf grass) adds beauty as well as conservation benefits.

Order pick-up is scheduled for Friday, May 20 between noon and 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Barrington Village Hall.

To get started with a home consultation, click here or contact our Conservation@Home coordinator Beth Adler at (847) 387-3149.

 

 

2015 Annual Concert for Conservation

Swinging Sixties  Bact’s 2015 Annual Concert for Conservation.

VolunteersOur annual Concert for Conservation being held today Saturday, August 29th will still take place!  Gates will open at 3 p.m. and the band begins at 4 p.m.

We are watching the radar closely and will post any further updates as necessary.

Velocity, a 7-piece band sponsored by Northern Trust, will bring a dynamic and high energy performance to our outdoor concert.  This year’s Swinging Sixties theme will bring us back to the lazy summer days of the groovy 1960’s where free spirits let the grass tickle their toes and the sun kiss their shoulders.  Bring your picnic including favorite foods, cocktails, soft drinks and water along with your blankets, lawn chairs and Ravinia tables and share this afternoon with loved ones at our unique outdoor concert fundraiser.

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