The Conservation Foundation
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
630-428-4500, ext. 12
|A Citizen's Guide to
Preserving the Fox River is a partnership
with many organizations, governments, businesses and
citizens to focus on preservation of our Illinois
portion of the Fox River.
|Fox River Guide Project Very
|Thanks to funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy
Donnelley Foundation, the Fox River Guide Project has
been very successful in meeting desired outcomes. As of
the end of 2012, all 25,000 copies of A Citizen’s
Guide to Preserving the Fox River magazine have
been distributed to more than 100 sites throughout the
This website has had more than 30,000 visits, and since
the project started in 2011, 129 properties have been
Conservation @ Home sites, two
community rain gardens have been constructed (one in
Geneva and one in South Elgin), while two more are being
planned in Oswego and Yorkville.
Nearly 1,000 additional
barrels have also been distributed in the
The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem
Partnership will continue to work together to promote
additional community engagement and do even more to help
preserve the Fox River!
|Goal of the Project:
|Our overall goal with this project is to engage more
local residents in protecting their Fox River. This new
project will be kept alive through the ongoing work of
The Conservation Foundation and the
Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.
We will increase the overall awareness of the Fox River
in the lives of the people who need it, use it, and rely
on it for their quality of life; and inspire residents
to “take action” by making changes to their lives and
properties that will benefit the Fox River.
|The Project has two components:
coffee-table style Guide promoting the Fox River as
a special place in our communities that needs our help
and support, as well as providing easy and effective
ideas people can do to help the river (rain gardens,
native landscaping, etc.) and special places to visit to
gain better appreciation.
detailed website providing instructions (how to) to
what people can do in their neighborhoods, homes and
places of business to protect the Fox River, such as how
to build a rain garden, how to install a rain barrel,
and where to get help.
|The printed Guide content
• Maps with lots
of pictures so people get a better understanding of the
Fox River and how we are all connected to it.
• Brief history
(flora and fauna) of the Fox River, and how the River
has changed over time.
• Special places
within the watershed where people can go on short trips
and experience nature and the Fox River (unique forest
preserves, parks, nature preserves, sections of the
river to canoe, etc.)
• Real ideas on
what people can do such as build rain gardens, install
rain barrels, rainwater harvesting, river/creek
cleanups, native landscaping, etc.
The Guide Announcement Press Release 7-26-11
|Distribution of the
|We have printed and distributed 25,000
guides in McHenry, Kane, Lake, and Kendall counties.
They have been made available locally in locations such
municipal village halls and libraries along the river in
the four counties, all forest preserve district and
headquarters and any of their nature/visitor centers,
local area outdoor stores, park district headquarters
and community centers, and offices of other partner
HERE for our distribution locations.
|This project is funded, in part, through
a generous grant from the
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago