Batavia Area Environmental Groups

Batavians for Clean Energy & Conservation
BCEC is a local citizen group dedicated to promoting wise usage of energy and natural resources within homes and throughout Batavia. Their goals are to increase the visibility and awareness of environmental issues in our community, inspire resident to live more sustainably and move the city toward greener policies and practices. Contact Ann Drover at 879-0677 for more details.
Batavia Woman’s Club
Batavia Woman’s Club Department of Conservation and Gardening has programs and activities relating to the environment. They support and volunteer for a wide range of activities including seed gathering at the Fermilab prairie, KC Wildlife Center, Batavia’s EnvironExpo and the historic Batavia Tree Walk. Contact Ginny Babcock at 879-7579 for more details.
Conservation Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment. Although the Foundation works in the larger area of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, they have a program that can make a difference right here in Batavia. The Conservation at Home program encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water. This includes planting native vegetation, trees and shrubs, creating butterfly and rain gardens, and removing exotic species of plants right in your own backyard flowerbeds. Loss of open space, wildlife habitat and dirty rainwater runoff are the leading causes of environmental degradation in our developed areas. If we can replace some of this lost habitat in our yards, then we can reduce some of the negative impacts of development and have cleaner water in our neighborhoods. Contact Jim Kleinwachter at 630-553-0687, ext. 302.
Fermilab Natural Areas
The mission of Fermilab Natural Areas is to restore, manage, and conserve Fermilab's natural areas in support of our science mission. Fermilab Natural Areas also wishes to encourage its neighbors to experience and enjoy Fermilab's natural beauty as well.
Friends of the Fox River
Several opportunities exist to participate with this organization from assisting in a Fox Rescue cleanup, participating in a Watershed Monitoring Network where you’ll learn how to monitor water quality, or lending a hand at during a habitat improvement project. For more information, please visit the Friends of the Fox River website.
Plain Dirt Gardeners
Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners provide educational seminars and manages the Wildflower Sanctuary along the Riverwalk in Batavia. An environmental focus of the group is working with native plants and encouraging gardeners to use them creatively in their landscape. Their annual plant sale includes a variety of native plants.

Regular Meeting
The club meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from September through June at 7 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library. Invited speakers offer informational seminars about all types of gardening at meetings. Guests are always welcome. More information is available from Diana Sharp at 630-879-7578.
Spiritual Green Connection
This interfaith environmental team is working toward reconnecting its congregations and communities to the sacredness of the living earth. In addition to sponsoring various programs, they offer support and a variety of resources to assist in establishing an earth stewardship program in your house of worship. Contact Linda Sonner at 630-879-7965 for additional information and meeting times.