Welcome to the Illinois Conservation Foundation
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For far too many people, the joy of experiencing life in the natural world becomes a blurry, distant memory. But for today's youth, that doesn't have to be the case.
The ICF and our supporters are committed to ensuring that Illinoisans - young and old - have the opportunity to connect with nature. We are working to preserve some of the wild habitats disappearing from the Prairie State and provide our citizenry with opportunities to participate in quality outdoor activities. Foremost in our mission is to support programs designed to educate our youth in proper conservation education & sustainable living/business practices and to provide tomorrow's leaders with opportunities to participate in life-altering, memorable outdoor experiences.
Since 1994, the ICF has partnered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to raise financial resources designated to help protect and enhance the natural wonders of Illinois. The ICF is a grassroots conservation effort, conceptualized by Illinois' first Conservation Congress, a formal process for conservation-oriented organizations to propose and advocate actions that can be taken by elected and appointed officials to protect and conserve the natural resources of Illinois. More than 40,000 supporters partner with ICF to help us realize our goals.
Brett Dunn, Pecatonica High School, Biological Sciences Teacher:
"Its places like this that inspired people like Thoreau and Leopold to pick up a pencil. An educator's dream, a living classroom, always wonderful, ever evolving, growing and we are allowed to witness it.
The world continues to get small and with all the answers to your questions a mere click away, it becomes increasingly less necessary to venture outdoors and discover the answers for yourself. As an outdoor educator, I relish any opportunity, no matter how fleeting, to do just that - venture out! "
A 501 (c) (3) organization, the Illinois Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, with all funds held in private accounts.