Water Conservation Workshop & McDonald Farm Tour

Let's not leave our water supply to chance - rainwater is a precious resource! Come learn how to collect and keep it on your property through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens at a free Water Conservation Workshop on Sunday, March 26th, 1pm to 3pm, in the Clow Education Center at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville.

This workshop will include a 1pm presentation on how rain barrels and rain gardens work and how to install them to capture the rain that falls on your land and put it to good use.  Our rain barrels, which are repurposed, recycled and recyclable and equipped with spigots, screens and overflow valves, will be available for purchase for $75 each.

At 2pm, enjoy an educational tour of the 60-acre McDonald Farm, a showplace of conservation in action and headquarters of The Conservation Foundation.  See on-the-ground examples of rain and butterfly gardens, rainwater harvesting, solar and wind energy, permeable paving and native plants.

These earth-friendly practices improve our local water quality, increase habitat for bird and butterfly species, and provide beauty and opportunities for our families to connect with nature right in our own back yards.  Learn how to transform your little patch of earth and become part of The Conservation Foundation's Conservation@Home program, which recognizes homeowners for environmentally responsible landscaping efforts. 

This workshop is free but the courtesy of pre-registration is appreciated.  To register, please email Jim Kleinwachter by clicking here.