Conservation at Home

Learn About Spring Gardening with Conservation@Home Programs

Interested in starting a garden this spring, but unsure where to begin? Want to learn about sustainable garden practices and how to incorporate native landscaping? Then consider joining the Forest Preserves of Cook County for the Conservation@Home: Kick Start Your Garden! Program.

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More than 40 Home Gardens Certified Through Conservation@Home Program

Earlier this year, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, launched the Conservation@Home program to encourage Cook County residents to adopt environmentally friendly practices that help provide wildlife and native plants habitat in residential, school and workplace gardens.   Since the program’s inception, 43 homeowners have had their gardens certified, and 21 more are working toward certification.

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Take Time to View Spring Wildflowers

In addition to longer days and warmer weather, one of the most exciting (and most colorful) things about spring is the variety of wildflowers that carpet parts of the forest floor.   Chicagoland is home to numerous different species of native wildflowers, and these plants serve a crucial role in the ecosystem. Spring wildflowers provide unique and important habitat for native pollinators and other insects. These insects then become important sources of nourishment for migratory birds.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County