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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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.