Oaktober Fest


Join Barrington Area Conservation Trust for its annual fall family festival.   All ages are invited to enjoy live music in beautiful Far Field Preserve.   Mane in Heaven will be there with their miniature horses too! Plant native plants and learn about nature!  Please bring your shovels and gloves.  This event is free and open to the public.   Oaktober Fest will take place rain or shine.

Tartans for the Trust…. Buy Tickets now!



Barrington Area Conservation Trust will host “Tartans for the Trust,” a new and exciting festival never seen before in the Barrington area on August 31st.   The Barrington Hills Park District Riding Club will be transformed to the Highlands to include bagpipes, pub bands, games and activities for all ages!   Traditional Celtic music will reverberate through the hills from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  “Tartans for the Trust” will be a multi-generational family celebration for all to enjoy.  Pack a picnic, grab your favorite libation and join us for a unique evening of merrymaking.

Tickets are $100 per person.

17 and under free. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Purchase Tickets Here

Entrance Fee100.00 USD
Your confirmation will be emailed to your PayPal email address

(Once tickets are purchased, your name will be added to the guest list and you will check in at the door.  No physical tickets needed.)

Purchase Raffle Tickets Here

The winner will be chosen at the event on August 31st, 2019.  Winner does not need be present to win.  The winner of the raffle will choose one of the three prizes within 2 weeks.  There is no expiration but it is recommended to book the trip within a year.

1 Raffle Ticket100.00 USD
3 Raffle Tickets250.00 USD
10 Raffle Tickets500.00 USD
Your information will be recorded and you will be entered into the raffle

Click here for more information on the Ireland Trip

Click here for more information on the Scotland Trip

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Michelle Maison at michelle@bactrust.org

Earth Day Celebration

Barrington area residents of all ages came together at the Earth Day Celebration hosted by Barrington Area Conservation Trust on Monday, April 22 at Pederson Preserve.   Over 350 people participated in planting nearly 1000 plants, removing buckthorn, and restoring this exceptional natural area in our community.  Nine high school science classes walked to the Preserve during the school day to deliver plants they nurtured in the high school greenhouse and to take part in this conservation work.  The Village of Barrington Hills generously provided oak saplings for participants to take home.  BACT also offers special thanks to the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, the Village of Barrington, PepsiCo Global R&D, and Barrington High School for sponsoring this event.  

Quintessential Barrington Features BACT

Join BACT for Restoration Work Days!

Become a wilderness warrior!  Join BACT at Far Field Nature Preserve for our next work day!  Click here for upcoming dates and more information!

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 1, 2019.  For more complete information, please click here.

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.

Concert Photos!

Thank you to all who came out to our Concert for Conservation!  Click here to see all the photos from the beautiful day “Under The Tall Oaks.”

Volunteer Conservation Educator Opportunity

 School year is right around the corner.  Assist BACT’s Conservation@School Coordinator with school fieldwork experiences, internships and classroom presentations for high school students.

Click here for more details.