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Conservation@Home: Activities celebrating foundation's 45th year continue

John Church
John Church

It is hard to believe, but here we are already in the middle of 2017 and The Conservation Foundation (TCF) is halfway through a year of celebration for our 45th anniversary!

That's 45 years of saving land, cleaning up rivers and streams, connecting children and youth with the wonders of the natural world; 45 years of teaching home and business owners how to create habitat and put their landscapes to work for nature, and assisting community leaders and staff to integrate the care of our environment into their policies and community development and safety efforts; and 45 years of watching our volunteers and donors receive the fulfillment that comes from living with nature.

It is a year of special activities, observances and events and we hope you'll be a part of it!

From our annual Earth Day Benefit Dinner to a paddleboat ride down the Fox River, a Farm to Fork dinner to a Birthday Bash at McDonald Farm to events at the Dickson-Murst Farm and to local community presentations, there are plenty of gatherings to celebrate this milestone year. Visit our website's events page at theconservationfoundation.org often for specific dates, details and registration information.

Watch for the new “Wandering Heron." Our organization’s symbol is the heron and he will be traveling to several sites of significance to The Conservation Foundation. Visit our Facebook page theconservationfoundation.org to help identify where our tall travelers turn up in your area!

Check out the Rookery Online Store, our own online storefront, where you can easily load up on all sorts of items to proclaim your support of The Conservation Foundation. We'll have some 45th anniversary commemorative items, and plenty more products for your own personal collection or to give as gifts with purpose. A portion of all sales will be donated directly to fund our programs.

The success we have had over the last 45 years is thanks to loyal supporters of The Conservation Foundation, both past and present.

Some local highlights of what they have made possible include the preservation of Jay Woods, a 45-acre property in Kendall County donated to the foundation to eventually become a gem of the Kendall County Forest Preserve District.

Open space referenda led by The Conservation Foundation are successfully passed in 2002 and 2007 to assist the Kendall County Forest Preserve District. Kendall County residents vote to double their amount of forest preserve land by approving the 2007 referendum by 68 percent, the highest percentage to date in the region.

In 2006, our TCF program office at the Dickson-Murst Farm in Montgomery is opened thanks to a donation of property from the village of Montgomery and the support of volunteers.

Today, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s largest and oldest private conservation organizations – with more than 4,000 members and donors, and more than 500 volunteers who contribute 20,000 hours per year. For more information, see our website or phone 630-553-0687, ext. 204.

• John Church is the Kendall County Program Director at The Conservation Foundation.

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