Celebrate and love our land during Valentine’s Day week, February 12-16

love our land weekFebruary is the month of love, and this year the Barrington Area Conservation Trust invites the community to celebrate the beautiful open spaces and landscape we enjoy during “Love Our Land” week, from February 12-16.
Each day will feature inspiring stories from local landowners who love their land, and BACT will offer different activities to celebrate our land and increase awareness of the work that BACT does to protect it.
  • Sunday, February 12 Love Our Land kicks off with our partner LL Bean at their store at the Arboretum. Come on over and visit!
  • Monday, February 13 – Love Our Land week features with stories from local landowners and a Teens4Green (Youth Advisory Board) fundraiser.
  • Tuesday, February 14 – Instead of flowers this Valentine’s Day, show your love for nature and donate $75 to BACT (only $50 for current members) and we’ll deliver a “Suet for Your Sweetie” right to your home (60010 zip code)! This cute, heart-shaped suet birdfeeder will feed lots of wildlife this winter and celebrate your love of the environment. More
  • Wednesday, February 15 – We will honor Freddie Pederson with an invitation-only reception at the Garlands to celebrate her generous donation that allowed BACT to purchase Pederson Preserve.
  • Thursday, February 16 – BACT will host an Open House reception at the White House for our volunteers and the community 3:00-5:00 pm. Everyone’s invited!

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift – A Suet for your Sweetie

at-heart-bird-feederInstead of flowers this Valentine’s Day, donate $75 to BACT ($50 for members) and we’ll deliver a “Suet for Your Sweetie” right to an address in the 60010 zip code! This cute, heart-shaped suet birdfeeder will feed lots of wildlife this winter and celebrate your love of the environment. For and extra $10, you can have a suet shipped anywhere in the U.S. It includes a note from you. More

The Time of Year for Giving Is Here!

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As we approach the holiday season, it’s that time of year to consider again all the ways in which we give to the organizations we love and support.

Your annual donation to BACT is so vital to the work we do, and we hope you will continue to keep us in your giving plans for 2016. You should be receiving a mailing from us in the next couple of weeks that will help you make your donation. But if you don’t want to wait for the mail, simply DONATE NOW!

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!

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. 

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 | Concert for Conservation – Great Success!

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This year’s BACT | Concert for Conservation was hosted at a beautiful estate in Barrington Hills on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Let’s Dance! performed classic swing melodies after the talented students of Barrington Suzuki Strings shared their talents with a joyous crowd.

Thanks to everyone who made this evening a positive experience & successful fundraiser for Barrington Area Conservation Trust. See you at a wonderful new local venue next year!