Forest Preserve Hosts Backyard Conservation Program Kickoff
Learn how to create a nature-friendly backyard that is hospitable to native species by joining the "Conservation@Home" program.
To help homeowners get started this growing season, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will provide educational materials and seminars during a kickoff event on Sunday, March 19, at Plum Creek Nature Center.
The District is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), The Conservation Foundation and Possibility Place Nursery to offer the event.
The "Conservation@Home" event will begin at 1 p.m. Visitors can peruse literature on the program from partner organizations before attending 30-minute information sessions. "Conservation@Home" sessions will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The "Do's & Don'ts of Native Landscaping" with botanist Kelsay Shaw of Possibility Place Nursery will be held at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Registration is required, and space is limited; call 708-946-2216 to reserve a spot. Registrants will be entered in a raffle to win one of two rain barrels being provided by The Nature Conservancy.
Also at the kickoff, the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of Will County will provide information on native plant species that will be for sale during its upcoming "Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale," planned for Saturday, May 20, at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet.
The "Conservation@Home" program's mission is to help homeowners make earth-conscious choices by planting native plants, trees and shrubs, and creating rain gardens and gardens for birds, butterflies and other pollinators. IDNR and The Conservation Foundation provide certification for backyards that are nature friendly and conserve water.
Backyard gardeners aren't the only ones who will be participating in the "Conservation@Home" program. Over the next five months, the Forest Preserve District will use the program's principles to transform the area around the Plum Creek Nature Centerís bird feeders into a true bird haven.