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. Check out their website for more info.
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.
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 or visit their website for more information.