Barrington Area Conservation Trust will kick off Earth Week with an afternoon that honors historic oaks and cultivates native vegetation for future generations at Pederson Preserve starting at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 22.
Pederson Preserve is located at the corner of Hart and Lake Cook Roads across from Barrington High School, and everyone is welcome to attend this public event.
Great Oaks of Barrington winners will be recognized during a short ceremony starting at 3:00 pm, then everyone will have an opportunity to help plant native wetland plants and clean up debris left by Flint Creek at the 5.6-acre site.
Last year, Barrington High School students and teachers together with volunteers from the community installed over 300 native plants.
This year, the volunteers expect to plant over 700 native wildflowers and grasses and cleaning up litter around Flint Creek — rain or shine. For those who want to bring nature home, BACT will have 100 free oak saplings to share and nurture.
Since 2011, BACT staff and volunteers have cleared debris, installed native plants, and spread native seed in Pederson Preserve to provide food and shelter for wildlife, reduce erosion, facilitate filtration, improve water quality, and contribute to the area’s overall environmental health.
The BACT is dedicated to preserving the open lands, natural resources, equestrian character, and scenic beauty of the Barrington communities.
To read the stories about Great Oaks winners, or find out about upcoming work days and events, please visit Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s Facebook page or call (847) 387-3149. For more information about the work and mission of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust, visit bactrust.org.