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Valerie Kehoe
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
vkehoe@illinois.edu

Susan Gasper
Extension Educator, S.T.E.M.
University of Illinois Extension
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
smgasper@illinois.edu

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
kreith@illinois.edu

Conservation@Home Program

Conservation@Home Program

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Conservation@Home Cook County recognizes and certifies properties that demonstrate environmentally sound landscape practices. This program is brought to you by the partnership of Forest Preserves of Cook County and University of Illinois Extension.

Through the Conservation@Home certification program, residents of Cook County have the opportunity to shape their private landscapes in a conservation minded way with guidance and criteria provided for them. Criteria can be downloaded below.

The biggest reward for integrating sustainable practices on your property is being aware that you are contributing to clean water, rich soil and resilient ecosystems that support people and wildlife. The Conservation@Home certificate recognizes yards and sites that are conscientiously improving their area for the environment and humanity.

Conservation@Home is a program of The Conservation Foundation. University of Illinois Extension is pleased to be a partner.

Have Your Land in Cook County Evaluated

For a one-time fee of $50, certified home gardeners will receive a Conservation@Home sign to post in their yard, a subscription to our seasonal newsletter, and receive early notifications of upcoming plants sales and Conservation@Home programs in the Forest Preserves.

Before applying, please review the 2017 Conservation@Home Criteria below. To apply for Conservation@Home certification click here.

Certification Process

1. Resident submits application online

2. C@H Coordinator reviews application and consults with resident

3. If it is determined that the resident is ready for a home visit, resident submits $50 fee

4. Evaluator conducts phone interview and schedules home visit to last approximately one hour

5. Yard is evaluated and if certifiable, C@H sign is awarded

6. Resident begins receiving C@H perks

Please join us at one of our upcoming free public programs:

To learn more about the following programs visit: http://fpdcc.com/conservation/conservationathome/

Building a Bird Garden

Saturday April 15th at 1 pm - Trailside Museum, River Forest

Saturday May 20th at 1 pm - Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington 

Easy Care Natives

Call your local Nature Center to register for the following programs.

Saturday, March 4th, at 10:30 am - Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 am - Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont

Sunday April 23rd at 1 pm - Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington 

Saturday May 6th – 11 am to 1 pm - Drop in info table- River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

Starting Native Plants from Seed

Call your local Nature Center to register for the following programs.

Saturday, March 18th at 1 pm - Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont

Containers for Pollinators

Call your local Nature Center to register for the following program.

Saturday, May 6th, at 10:30 am - Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland

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