Conservation@Home is a program developed by The Conservation Foundation that encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create environmentally friendly and water conserving yards.  This includes planting native vegetation, such as prairie and woodland wildflowers, trees and shrubs, creating butterfly and rain gardens, and removing exotic species of plants.

The program is designed to work with any size landowner from a townhome to the common space of an entire subdivision to a multi-acre lot. The program empowers landowners with meaningful conservation practices that can make a positive impact on the health of the Aux Sable Creek Watershed and the local environment.

Conservation@Home Goals

  • Encourage the use of native plants in residential, school and community yards and gardens.
  • Protect and restore existing high quality natural areas in private ownership.
  • Promote good water resource practices through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens that reduce runoff, filter water and conserve water.
  • Reward landowners that practice good stewardship and conservation measures.
  • Educate landowners about how they can improve wildlife habitat.
  • Reduce invasive species.

Program Components

The Conservation@Home program encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create yards that are nature-friendly and conserve water. This includes planting native vegetation such as prairie and woodland wildflowers, trees and shrubs, creating butterfly and rain gardens and removing invasive plant species.

Recognition Criteria
  • Property must have some native plant components for the benefit of water conservation and/or wildlife.
  • There should be clear evidence of stewardship of the land (invasive species control, minimal fertilizer and pesticide use, composting etc.)
  • Property along creeks, rivers, wetlands or ponds should be managed to reduce erosion and pollutants from running off into the water.
  • Protection of existing natural areas as well as creation of new areas is highly encouraged.

If your land management style meets the basic criteria above, call The Conservation Foundation to join the Conservation@Home program. For a one time fee of $25 ($50 for non-members which includes a complementary one-year membership) certified landowners will receive a Conservation@Home sign to post proudly in their yard, a certificate of achievement as well as a yard assessment, including ideas to further improve the environmental friendliness of their property.  Download the Conservation@Home Checklist - PDF

 Contact Jim Kleinwachter for more information on the program and speaking engagements:  630-428-4500.

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