Earth Week Activities

BACT joined thousands of others worldwide to celebrate Earth Day on Friday April 22.

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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.

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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  susan@bactrust.org.

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.

 

 

National Day of Service Work Day Reschedule

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Due to the low temperature and subsequent cancellation of our National Day of Service Work Day, we have set an alternate work day:

Sunday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The location remains at Far Field Preserve located at Old Sutton and Lake-Cook Roads.  Click here for a map and parking information.   Please let us know if you will be able to attend the alternate day by sending us an email at bactrust1@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!  For questions, please call our office at 847-387-3149.

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 April 23, 2016.

 

 

 

BACT Conservation@Home Receives Award

On the evening of December 2, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission honored BACT’s Conservation@Home program with their 2015 Education, Outreach, and Media Award.

Mike Warner, Beth Adler, Lisa Woolford, Steve Mountsier

Mike Warner, Beth Adler, Lisa Woolford, Steve Mountsier

The Conservation@Home program affects water quality in the Fox River Watershed by educating, assisting and recognizing landowners who strive to maintain their land using conservation practices that benefit wildlife, water quality, and the environment.

Michael D. Warner, Executive Director of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission commented that the “program’s success lies in providing landowners with feedback and guidance on ways to improve their properties to better manage stormwater runoff and provide healthy habitat”.  He also commended BACT for “reaching out and educating other groups on conservation values”.

 

Annual Member & Friends Gathering

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Barrington Area Conservation Trust is excited to announce Chad Pregracke, 2013 CNN Hero of the Year Award recipient, as featured speaker at our 2016 Annual Gathering.

This years’ gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 26th from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. in the Barrington White House Ballroom.  Our gathering is free to members and students.  $15.00 for non-members. Light snacks will be served with a cash bar.(Interested in becoming a member?  Click here to learn more and join.)

Chad Pregracke is President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river cleanup organization.  After spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River, Chad formed LL&W in 1998 at age 23.  He was appalled by the amount of garbage in the river and as a driven teenager started his own campaign to clean up the shores.  His determination has grown his quest into a national effort with a full staff and fleet of equipment cleaning rivers around the US.

Chad is a perfect fit for our event as his story mirrors the journey we are beginning to undertake with high school students in our area.  Through BACT’s Conservation@School program with Barrington High School students, we are inspiring future generations here in our own community.  As we introduce students to local impacts on Flint Creek, which runs through the high school campus as well as much of our community, we are helping to create an environmental ethic in young people and develop our next generation of environmental stewards.

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Elizabeth Bramsen named into the Illinois Conservation Foundation 2015 Outdoors Hall of Fame

On the eve of TBetsy ICF award2hursday, September 24th, Elizabeth (Betsy) Hamill Bramsen, along with two other Illinois residents, was  inducted into the 2015 Illinois Outdoors Hall of Fame at the Illinois Conservation Foundation Induction Ceremony and Fundraising Dinner.  Betsy also received the Chairman’s award from Wayne Rosenthal for her efforts on behalf of youth conservation education.

Betsy is a founding board member at Barrington Area Conservation Trust and has been instrumental in our work in and around the Barrington communities.  Betsy has helped develop the Barrington High School Conservation Leadership Project that is helping students develop meaningful connections to nature through classroom and field experiences.

 

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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.

 

 

BACT moves to Barrington’s White House

White HouseBarrington Area Conservation Trust’s offices have moved to the second floor of Barrington’s White House Community and Cultural Center.  We are excited to be a part of the ongoing history of this magnificent house.

Please join us for the White House Open House on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and view the efforts of so many who worked to restore the beauty and increase the functionality of this 1898 Barrington landmark.

Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring

BHS Stream Monitor1 Sept2015On Tuesday, September 22 Barrington Area Conservation Trust ‘s Conservation Leadership Project Coordinator, Susan Lenz, led approximately 220 Barrington High School students on a quest in Flint Creek.  The objective?  To input their real world data into a stream monitoring program that will make comparisons between sites from season to season and year to year.

These students from five Barrington High School AP and Honors Environmental Science classes visited one of five sites on a portion of Flint Creek located on the BHS campus.  They performed physical, chemical, and biological tests.  The students will revisit the same site several times throughout the school year and monitor their observations.      BHS Stream Monitor8 Sept2015

BHS teachers from these classes commented that for some of the students this was the first time they had been in a river.  The students reactions were surprise at the variety of living organisms in the river.  The Science Department Chair, Julie Baylor, stated that “everyone is really happy and excited for the next monitoring experience”.

Watch for updated information on the Conservation Leadership Project Stream Monitoring.

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Be a part of #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.  It is a movement that was created as a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

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Fox River Grove District 3 receives Conservation@ School Certification

FRG C@School ErikEricBethBrandonWhen students at two schools in Fox River Grove District 3 came back to school this fall, they were greeted with a beautiful natural landscape that now supports native plants, wildlife, and sustainable habitats.

Both Fox River Grove Middle School and Algonquin Road Elementary School were recently awarded Conservation@School certification by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust for their work with Ringers Landscaping to transform the schools’ outdoor areas into extensions of the classroom that provide educational opportunities about our environment and the world in which we live.

 

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Introducing our Conservation Leadership Project

IMG_2050BACT’s new Conservation Leadership Project is a cooperative community effort that provides classroom programming, hands-on  fieldwork, career exploration, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities for Barrington High School students interested in conservation.

The BHS Department of Science and Engineering is working closely with BACT to develop a curriculum to promote science literacy though hands-on research.  Students will perform field tests on an area stream at 4-5 different locations and repeat the tests throughout the year, then compile data to assess the quality of the stream.

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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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Native Plants Available Through Fall

Purchase your native plants through Barrington Area Conservation Trust this year!  Your purchase supports environmentally friendly practices in your yard and supports the work of BACT.  Members receive a 20% discount.

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Not a member?  Click here to become a member today!

 

Contact us for a Conservation@ Home visit and receive helpful information on creating and maintaining conservation focused practices in your yard such as solutions that inhibit storm water run off and shoreline plants that help filter water as it runs into a lake or stream.

Horizon Farms Update

Released today by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the following update on Horizon Farms.Horizon farms sign

 June 2015: A major portion of Horizon Farm is now open to the public for hiking, biking and riding on both paved and mowed trails. Parking for vehicles and horse trailers is available through the entrance on the west side of the site off Old Sutton Road. The public may also ride or walk in on the bridle trail on the east side of the site off of Trader’s Estate road. Trails at Horizon Farm connect to trails in the Spring Creek Preserve west of Old Sutton Road. Most of the southern portion of the site remains closed to the public while the Forest Preserves continues to assess the condition of buildings and explore potential uses of the property.  Click here to visit the site map.  

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Flint Creek River Monitoring at Pederson Preserve

DSCN0423On July 9th, a group of Barrington High School students assisted Barrington Area Conservation Trust as part of the Riverwatch Monitoring Program within the BACT/BHS Conservation Leadership Project. A monitoring site was selected on Flint Creek at Pederson Preserve. Students recorded the stream’s physical characteristics and collected biological macro invertebrate samples (small stream organisms) which are bio-indicators of water quality.

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Volunteer Work Day

Celebrate the end of school while earning service hours and de-stressing with your friends!

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WHAT: Buckthorn Blowout Volunteer Work Day
WHERE: BACT’s Far Field Preserve at the corner of Lake Cook & Old Sutton Road (parking available along the north side of Lake Cook Road)
WHO: You and your friends
WHEN: Thursday, June 11 9:30 am – 12 pm
WHY: To get rid of invasive buckthorn trees promoting the recovery of the Far Field to its former oak savanna state.
WHAT TO BRING/HOW TO DRESS: Wear long pants, long sleeves (over a t-shirt), hiking boots or study shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle.

No experience necessary — we will provide training.

Click on the Volunteer tab above to fill out a liability waiver and photo release.  Questions or problems finding us, please call April at (847) 289-9760.