The Nature Conservancy in Illinois works to protect the Prairie State for future generations. Explore our work and get an insider's view into our projects, preserves and conservation work!
We achieved many of our conservation goals this year thanks to your support!
Read about how the Conservancy is making conservation history.
In October 2014, bison came home to Illinois prairie.
The Illinois chapter presented this annual award at the December board meeting.
Read about the Conservancy's most recent projects.
Learn about the next phase of restoration work at Emiquon.
What's happening at The Conservancy this spring? Find out in the latest edition of our newsletter!
See photos and images of "Roots & Routes to Grow: A Community Tree Planting Day" held in the Chicago Park District's Burnham Wildlife Corridor.
Learn what it's like to grow up on one of our preserves.
We have a long history of protecting nature in and around Chicago.
Find out why Nature Conservancy members are inspired to support our conservation efforts.
Our Director of River Conservation Doug Blodgett tells us why rivers flood and what we can and need to do to mitigate damages. Illinois River flooding
The Conservancy is partnering to find natural solutions to help clean our water. Learn more
Staff and volunteers have transformed Nachusa into more than 3,000 acres of native landscape. Learn more
Conservancy staff at the Franklin Demonstration Farm are monitoring the effects of cover crops on nutrient absorption. Learn more
The Nature Conservancy's Nachusa Grasslands Preserve celebrates its 25th year. Learn how this preserve has transformed into the 3,000 acres it is today.
Thanks to decades of stewardship, Nachusa now resembles the rich grassland of earlier ages.
Jason Beverlin, Illinois River Program Director, brings you the latest on the Emiquon restoration.
See what’s moving, flying, swimming, and crawling through the Prairie State!
Michael Reuter, senior director of Central U.S. conservation strategies, talks about Illinois' pivotal role in the health of these freshwater resources and how the work connects to river conservation world-wide. Read more
Freshwater mussels are imperiled worldwide, and many species are nearly extinct. But a new project, the first of its kind attempted on the Illinois River, could provide a solution to this large-scale problem. Read more