Annual Appeal Time

It’s that time of year where many of you are inundated with appeal letters from various non-profits.  There are so many worthy causes, locally and globally.  We get it.  However, please consider giving to BACT this year.  A healthy ecosystem lends itself to a healthy community.  We have been blessed to live in an area with rare and exceptional open space.  Let’s work together and conserve this gift in our area.  Give now and support our winter appeal.

Donate on Giving Tuesday!

Help BACT raise $3,000 for trees and shrubs on Ridge Road’s Katie’s Marsh!

This past year, with a grant from Cuba Township and help from Ringers Landscaping, BACT began the arduous process of removing buckthorn from Katie’s Marsh.  Now comes the fun part-replacing the buckthorn with beautiful native plants. Help us!  Help us raise $3,000 on Giving Day for native plant screening along Katie’s Marsh on Ridge Road.  $3,000 will allow us to purchase and plant six Canadian Hemlock  trees.  Not only will these plants bring pleasure to the eye of passer-byers, they will provide screening as well as numerous benefits to the wildlife that depends on native plants to thrive.  Make a healthy, diverse ecosystem in your neighborhood a priority, and give here now,  Let’s make beauty happen today!


KATIES MARSH_Planting Plan

The proposed planting plan for Katie’s Marsh.

OakTober Fest Success!

Thank you to all that came out to OakTober Fest!  We planted 68 trees and shrubs while enjoying the beautiful outdoors at Far Field Nature Preserve.

Oaktober Fest!

October 13th, 1:00-3:00

At Far Field Nature Preserve

(On the corner of Lake Cook Rd. and Old Sutton Rd., Barrington Hills)

Join the Barrington Area Conservation Trust for our annual Fall family festival.  Enjoy live music and a bonfire while you relish the beauty of Mother Nature.  Plant native plants, learn about bees, and enjoy seed collecting.  Please bring your shovels and gloves.  This event is free and open to the public.  Snacks for purchase.


OakTober Fest will take place rain or shine. In the event of unsafe weather, lightning, tornadoes, etc. BACT will close the property.


Partnering with:


Land Preservation and Conservation Easements

Join BACT and the Fox Valley Hound Heritage Foundation to better understand how conservation easements work as a land preservation tool for private landowners and how preserved open space increases land values in a community. Speaker Holley Groshek of the Equine Land Conservation Resource and Lou Harrison of Harrison and Held will share their expertise on horse related conservation easements and the tax benefits associated with conservation easements.

Join us for our 2018 Concert for Conservation

August 25th, 2018

65 Spring Creek Road

Barrington Hills

Save the date for BACT’s Concert for Conservation on Saturday, August 25th, 2018.  Our concert will be held again, “Under the Tall Oaks” in Barrington Hills.  Gates will open at 3:00pm – 7:00pm.  This is a Ravinia-style picnic celebrating the rare and exceptional open spaces in the Barrington area.  Bring your wine, picnic and blanket and enjoy an afternoon celebrating conservation with the True Blue Band.  All ages are welcome!  Check out our auction items here!

Presenting sponsors: Bluestem Ecological Services and James and Elizabeth Bramsen.

This year we will kick off the concert by hosting the Countryside Car Tour.  Bring your cool car (or your regular car) to Ambrosia in the Foundry at 1:00 p.m. where car enthusiasts will meet and mingle with other car lovers before the concert.   Some refreshments will be served and then at 2:30 p.m. attendees will take a leisurely drive down country roads, past the picturesque properties BACT works so hard to protect.  This portion of the day is free.

Guest enjoying music, food and friends Photo Credit: Bob Lee

Purchase concert tickets by check: Member 18yrs. and older $85.00 per person/Non-Member 18 yrs. and older $90.00 per person.   Please mail to: BACT, 145 W. Main Street, Suite 201, Barrington, IL 60010

Purchase concert tickets by credit card:
Member 18yrs and older $85.00 + $2.50 processing fee = $87.50 per person
Non-Member 18yrs. and older $90.00 + 3.00 processing fee = $93.00 per person

Choose from our ticket options below.

Ticket Options


Order Your Native Perennials Now!

DID YOU KNOW……The fall season is a great opportunity to plant your native plants for next spring.  The Barrington Area Conservation Trust has partnered with The Barn Nursery to provide high quality native perennials to the local community.  By ordering native plants through this website you will not only encourage the use of native plants and provide a home for native species, you also help raise money for the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.  All orders can be picked up at The Barn Nursery & Landscape Center in Cary, IL within 5-7 days of placing your order.  You will receive an email notification when your order is ready for pick up.  Thank you for your support!  Place your order here.

CHECK IT OUT!  Here are before and after pictures of a monarch garden planted last year and in full bloom this year!

Open House at Far Field Nature Preserve

Far FieldWe are hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, June 28th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Stop by for a visit at our Far Field Nature Preserve at Lake Cook and Old Sutton Roads in Barrington Hills. Come by to learn more about how to remove buckthorn and learn about the Challenge Grant awarded to us by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and how this matching grant will help us raise funds to remove the remaining buckthorn on this preserve. Visit for more information.

Help Sponsor A Monarch Hut At Lines Elementary School, Barrington – Please Donate Below!

HELP US REACH OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL BY JUNE 30TH AND BECOME A PARTNER IN EDUCATING YOUTH ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY!  Please make a donation today to help fund a monarch hut which will be placed A.C. Lines School.  Monarch caterpillars are placed on milkweed within the hut so that students and people of all ages will learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the importance of this pollinator. Please help us raise $325.00 each for this beautifully designed, custom made huts.  Any amount you can donate will help.

Make your donation today and help sponsor a Monarch Hut for The Smart Farm of Barrington or Lines School.

Your donation is tax-deductible and acknowledged with a letter from BACT.


Summer 2018 – Schaumburg Urban Monarch Technician Opportunity

Over the last two decades, the monarch population has decreased by 80 percent and experts now agree that a key threat to the species is the loss of milkweed plants across the Midwestern United States.  This summer the Field Museum’s Monarch Project will expand on its existing research with the help of volunteers.  The volunteer ecological technician will collect one season of local field data using established protocol.

This volunteer position will implement intensive monitoring of monarch butterfly habitat at selected sites throughout Schaumburg. This individual will be trained by staff from the Field Museum.  A total of six (6) applicants will be chosen for this project.

CLICK HERE for application information, qualifications and duties related to this wonderful summer position.  This Ecological Fieldwork Technician position is being offered in partnership with the Field Museum, The Village of Schaumburg and BACT.

Teddy Roosevelt A Smashing Success

On Tuesday, May 22, BACT hosted Teddy Roosevelt reprisor, Joe Wiegand, at the Sanfilippo Carousel Pavilion in Barrington Hills. Joe has been featured as President Roosevelt in “The Men Who Built America” on the History Channel and has a feature role in the “National Parks Adventure” film. He has also appeared at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Joe came in character and regaled the crowd of over 200 with stories about Teddy and his fascinating life in politics and conservation.  This fabulous evening included dinner, drinks and entertainment as well as the opportunity to tour the steam engines housed in the Carosuel Pavilion and ride the carousel.
This magical evening was sponsored by:  John and Meredith Klaas

Apply Now For Our Summer Internship Program

BACT Summer Interns Stream Monitoring in Flint Creek

Is your HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT looking for something to do this summer?  Don’t miss out on our great internship opportunity.  We are now accepting applications for our summer internship program.  Applicants must be a current high school student, including incoming freshmen through seniors who graduate the spring immediately before the program.

Completed applications for either of our two sessions must be received by May 6, 2018.  For more complete information, please click here.

Mother Nature Went on Holiday. Earth Week Celebration Workday RESCHEDULED Again for Monday, April 23

April 23, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 5:00  at Pederson Preserve

While we have looked all over, we can’t seem to locate Spring.  It appears that Mother Nature has gone on holiday.  Planting new seedlings in the snow is not ideal.  So, we are once again rescheduling our workday.  The new date will be Monday, April 23, 10:00am to 5:00pm at Pederson Preserve, directly across from the high school.  Join BACT for our first collaborative community conservation event celebrating Earth Week!  Community members, local businesses, municipalities, student and family will come together to honor Mother Nature.  Participants will plant native plants, clear buckthorn and help with habitat restoration.  All ages are welcome.  Drop in for all or just part of the day!  Parking is available in the Pepsico lot.

Fill out our volunteer waiver here.

Partners and Sponsors for this workday include:  Barrington 220 Education Foundation, Barrington High School, PepsiCo R&D, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Village of Barrington, Village of Barrington Hills.

Volunteer Highlight – Eden Solberg

This week we took a moment to interview one of our Teens4Green and active volunteers, Eden Solberg. Eden is a senior at BHS. She has been involved with BACT for the past several years and is a founding member of the Teens4Green Youth Advisory Board. Here is an excerpt from our conversation with Eden.
Why did you become involved in the BACT? I was interested in nature and the environment. I liked that BACT had outdoor educational programs for teenagers.
What do you like most about volunteering for BACT? I really enjoy the Sunday workdays watching community members being active and out working in open spaces. I also love going to Teens4Green meetings because I find the education and outreach programs fun, and I can hang out with my friends while doing something good for nature.
What have you learned since you joined BACT?  I have learned a lot about invasive species and how to protect native plants.  I have also learned a lot about butterflies, how to protect them and about how oak trees are vulnerable.
What was you favorite project with Teens4Green?  Last year, the teens made butterfly donation jars.  We planned the project during one of our meetings, and then we designed them at another meeting.  We went in groups of two to the local businesses and asked if they could put them out for a week so that we could raise money for a table at the Barrington Farmer’s Market.  We used the table at the market as an informational table to raise awareness about monarch butterflies.  I really enjoyed talking with people at the market.
What future projects do you have coming up? I work with the Barrington Buddies at the high school. I am planning a picnic at Far Field Preserve in May for the group. I picked Far Field because I have really enjoyed seeing it change over the past few years. We have planted many oak trees, native plants and prairie flowers there, and it is wonderful to see everything bloom. I think the Buddies will enjoy walking around the field.
Do you have any recommendations for other students to get involved?  I recommend that any student who likes nature and wants to get outside go to the Sunday workdays.  Also, join the Teens4Green group.  The events are fun, and the staff members are really helpful and easy going.  They are always willing to answer questions and teach you more about the environment.  Follow the link to High School Programs to see what they have going on for teens.

Friendship Village Restoration Workday

Herb Demmel of
Friendship Village

Friendship Village is a leading Chicago-area retirement community located in Schaumburg, IL.  Through the tireless efforts of resident Herb Demmel, the land next to Friendship Village, known as Sarah’s Grove, is being restored to its original oak woodland habitat. Herb served as chairman of the Land Stewardship Committee for nine years at Friendship Village. He volunteers his time clearing Sarah’s Grove of weeds, non-native plants and trees. In May 2016, BACT presented Herb with a Conservation@Home certificate for his work on Sarah’s Grove. (Click here for more information on Herb Demmel and his work.)

Join BACT and help Herb with his restoration efforts. On April 8, 12:00-3:00, we will gather at Sarah’s Grove, 350 Schaumburg, IL, and clear brush and remove non-native plants. Wear outdoor clothing and bring water. BACT will provide the tools, fun and snacks. Download Friendship Villages volunteer waiver form to participate and mail it to BACT, 145 W. Main St., Barrington, IL  60010 or bring it with the day of the event.

For questions or more information, contact Emily at or call
(847) 387-3149.

Earth Week Celebration

Adult Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Celebration, Wednesday, April 18th

BACT is celebrating Earth Day with a community wide restoration workday at
Pederson Preserve on Wednesday, April 18 th , 10:00-5:00. Community businesses
and high school students will participate throughout the day planting native plants,
cutting down buckthorn and clearing brush. Pederson Preserve is located directly
across the street from Barrington High School.

We are looking for adult volunteers to supervise planting and assist BACT staff. If
you are available and enjoy working with kids and protecting our glorious
environment , please contact Emily at We will supply the
water, treats and tools. All you need to bring is your love of mother nature. Two
volunteer shifts available, 12:00-2:30 and 2:30-5:00.