Current and Previous Grantees

2017 Grantees
2016 Grantees
2015 Grantees
2014 Grantees
2013 Grantees


For the 2017 grants cycle, ComEd announced a special focus on pollinator conservation. Congratulations to the 2017 ComEd Green Region Grantees:

Cook County

  • Oak Lawn Community Garden Expansion (Oak Lawn Park District): This project will establish pollinator habitat at the Oak Lawn Community Garden to enhance the experience of garden visitors and support pollination for nearby community garden plots.
  • Improving Palmisano Park for Pollinators and People (Chicago Park District Natural Areas Program): This project will improve Chicago’s Palmisano Park, with volunteers installing over 6,400 native plants to provide nectar and host plants for pollinators while contractors repair trails to increase site access.
  • Green Bay Trail Habitat Restoration Project (Village of Glencoe): This project will support the ongoing implementation of the stewardship plan for areas along the Green Bay Trail in Glencoe, including removal of invasive and aggressive species and replanting native trees, shrubs flowers, grasses and sedges.
  • Niles Pollinator Garden (Village of Niles): This project will transform an unused area of turf grass into a wildlife refuge and pollinator garden, supporting native pollinator species, offering educational signage, and creating an environmental sanctuary for community residents.
  • Restoring Sedge Meadow (Village of South Barrington): This project will involve planting native sedges and wildflowers in areas of a former reed canary grass-dominated field, adjacent to a public pedestrian walking path, as part of a larger effort to eradicate invasive species in this area and reestablish native habitat.
  • Proksa Park Butterfly Garden (Village of Berwyn): This project will reestablish pollinator habitat in the urban setting of Proksa Park and provide educational signage about pollinators.

DeKalb County

  • DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration (DeKalb Park District): This project involves developing and implementing a beautification plan for land adjacent to the DeKalb Nature Trail, including removing invasive species, installing native plantings, providing educational signage, and creating a habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

DuPage County

  • Communal Pollinator Garden at Belmont Train Station (Village of Downers Grove): This project will create a pollinator garden on Village-owned property adjacent to the Belmont Avenue train station, promoting long-term, community-based conservation initiatives with native plants and educational signage in this high visibility location.
  • Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Night Heron Marsh Forest Preserve (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County): In conjunction with the regional Fox Valley Monarch Corridor project partnership to build a 975-acre pollinator habitat corridor, this project will restore 25 acres of wetland and prairie as part of a potential 76-acre pollinator habitat area.
  • Village of Glen Ellyn Pollinator Meadow Mix Pilot Program (Village of Glen Ellyn): This project will improve storm water management, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support sustainability for native plants and pollinators by replacing turf grass with pollinator meadow mix in various locations throughout the community.
  • Richmond Community Gardens and Apiary Outdoor Classroom (Village of Westmont): This project will support bulding an outdoor classroom at the Richmond Education Gardens and Apiary, promoting educational programs about natural gardening, landscaping, the environment, and pollinator habitat.

Kane County

  • Poynor Park Pollinator Habitat Improvement (Campton Township Open Space): This project will convert approximately 12 acres of turf grass in Poyner Park, a well-used open space site, into native pollinator habitat with educational signage – expanding an established 65-acre prairie/wetland restoration and creating a buffer area around a pond.

Kendall County

  • Henneberry Forest Preserve Tree Mitigation and Prairie Shrubland Restoration Project (Kendall County Forest Preserve District): This project will restore 45 acres of oak savanna and prairie shrubland habitat at Henneberry Forest Preserve, expanding pollinator and conservative grassland bird species habitat as part of the regional Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project.

Lake County

  • Village of Green Oaks Dennis Dorsey Conservation Area – Northern Flatwoods, Oak/Hickory Woodland and Vernal Pond Restoration (Village of Green Oaks): This project will continue invasive species management activities, led by volunteer stewards, in a 5-year effort to restore globally-imperiled northern flatwoods and vernal pond habitat, oak/hickory woodland, and high-quality wetlands at the Dennis Dorsey Conservation Area.
  • Pollinator Habitat and Edible Landscaping along the Robert McClory Bike Trail (City of Highland Park): This project will introduce pollinator habitat and urban food gleaning opportunities along the popular Robert McClory Bike Trail, by removing invasive species and planting native plants, fruit trees, woody shrubs, and berry bushes.
  • Fremont Township Conservation Campus (Fremont Township): This project will create and promote a comprehensive “Conservation Campus” at a government center that was not originally designed for an open space focus – including habitat restoration, permaculture gardens, innovative stormwater management, and pollinator-friendly plantings along with walking paths and educational components.
  • Farrington Connect the Corridor Project (Village of Buffalo Grove): This project will restore 0.5 acres of streambanks and buffer areas, 0.25 acres of wet bottom basin, 2 acres of dry bottom basin, and 1 acre of degraded woodland along Farrington Ditch, creating a continuous corridor between local parks and public lands that supports native habitat, wildlife, and people.

LaSalle County

  • Phase 1 Graves Park Improvements (Village of Seneca Park Board): This project will support Phase 1 development of Graves Park, a new 16-acre park adjacent to the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal and Trail and Seneca’s downtown business district, through native landscaping, arboretum plantings, a walking trail, and interpretive signage.

McHenry County

  • Hundred Oaks for a Hundred Years (McHenry County Conservation District): This project will support McHenry County Conservation District’s “Hundred Oaks for a Hundred Years” event at Pioneer Fen in October 2017, when students from Johnsburg Schools will plant trees to restore a 40-acre woodland and learn about conservation in the County.
  • Eco-Cultural Connection: Woodstock, Mexico & Mariposa Monarca (City of Woodstock):  This project will establish boardwalk access and enhance pollinator habitat through native plantings at Westwood Conservation Area, create an educational “Mariposa Meander” pollinator garden to introduce community members to pollinator plants and conservation actions, and engage community members from Mexico with bilingual signage and educational activities.
  • Pollinator Enhancement at the McHenry County Administration Building (McHenry County): This project will involve removing existing ornamental plantings at the County’s Administration Building and installing native plant species to provide pollinator habitat, complete xeriscaping and raingarden demonstration projects, and provide educational opportunities.

McHenry & Kane Counties

  • Spella Park Pollinator Project (Village of Algonquin): This project will promote the health of pollinators by restoring 9.5 acres of turf grass, accessible by a local pedestrian trail, to create pollinator habitat that supports on-site educational programming through the Algonquin Library.

Will County

  • The Butterfly Ranch at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (Governors State University): This project will transform 11+ acres of successional field into a canvas for butterfly propagation while it provides students, nearby residents, and park visitors with opportunities for bird watching, biking, hiking, and education through didactic signage.
  • Symerton Park (Village of Symerton): This project will acquire 1.5 acres of land for a children’s park and open space area, post signage, and implement the site preparation and groundcover planting needed to install playground equipment.

Winnebago County

  • A Cleaner Levings Lake (Rockford Park District): This project will install 20 Biohaven Floating Islands within Levings Lake to improve water quality by acting as a floating wetland, cleaning the lake water from excessive nutrients and providing fish habitat.

2016 Grantees

Cook County

  • Anderson Park Improvement (City of Hometown): This redevelopment project provided new equipment for Anderson Park and helped to increase accessibility and open spaces in the park.
  • Niles Community Garden (Niles Park District): The Niles Community Garden transformed an unused plot of land into a productive and educational garden. The garden offers twenty-six organic plots, two of which will supply fresh produce for public donation.
  • Interpretive Nature Park (Prospect Heights Park District): This grant helped to create an interpretive nature park, providing ecological benefits while nurturing children’s connection to nature. Native buffers replaced turf grass around the Slough wetland, improving health and habitat while continuing to build a volunteer network.
  • Veterans Park Wildlife Area and Observation Deck (Village of South Holland):
    This project established a wildlife area and observation deck. This will allow the public to view migratory wildlife, raising ecology awareness, and enhance the local ecology system.
  • Gillson Park Bird Habitat (Wilmette Park District):
    This grant helped establish a migratory bird habitat at Gillson Park. This habitat will increase both recreation and education opportunities for the community, as well as provide a critical habitat for migrating birds.

 DeKalb County

  • Multi-Use Community Trail (Village of Shabbona): This grant helped the village acquire land and create a multi-use pathway connecting a number of community areas to the village itself.

DuPage County

  • Ecological Restoration Project (Bensenville Park District): This project focused on both the restoration and management of naturalized and native park sites, helping to ensure their health for current and future generations.
  • Native Planting and Pollinator Restoration Project (Village of Carol Stream): This project converted approximately one acre of grass in a decommissioned sewage facility to native and pollinator plantings.
  • Education Gardens and Apiary (Village of Clarendon Hills): The Richmond Education Gardens and Apiary promote access to community ownership of process and product, localization, healthy eating, and organic and environmentally sound gardening practices to encourage investments based on environmental sustainability practices.
  • Lincoln Marsh Nature Area (Wheaton Park District): This grant helped provide a nature play area within the 151-acre Lincoln Marsh Natural Area to encourage children and their families to play and learn in a safe natural environment.

JoDaviess County

  • Open Space Improvements (Village of Warren): This project installed new safety railings in areas frequented by students, replaced trees in the village park, and upgraded the green space in the center of the downtown.

Kane County

  • Community Park Green Space (Big Rock Park District): This project created the first public vegetated bio area with native flowers within the Park District’s jurisdiction. The planned area promotes bird and wildlife habitat while offering opportunities for study of native flora and healthy ecosystems.
  • Restoring Rain Gardens at Phillips Park (City of Aurora): This grant helped the City of Aurora replant and restore their rain gardens and a bioswale area at Phillips Park.

Lake and Cook County

  • Restoring Mike Rylko Park (Buffalo Grove Park District): This project extended and accelerated the restoration of Mike Rylko Community Park’s streambanks, woodlands, and wetlands along the Willow Stream corridor.

Lake County

  • Meadowview Nature Path (Grayslake Community Park District): Grayslake Community Park District, in collaboration with Meadowview Sprouts, worked on restoration of a wooded area, adding a nature trail and interpretive signage, and replacing a wetland boardwalk.
  • Liberty Prairie Reserve Restoration Project (Libertyville Township Open Space District): This grant helped restore 113 acres of degraded farmland into a native habitat that connects to three Illinois Nature preserves, creating one contiguous block of habitat.
  • Skokie River Woods Open Space Planning (Park District of Highland Park): This project developed an open space plan to increase public access to the Skokie River Woods natural area and improve regional connectivity while protecting the environmental integrity of the wetland ecosystem.
  • Oak Ridge Park Habitat Restoration (Village of Lake Zurich): This project began the habitat restoration of a degraded oak woodland, which included the removal of invasive species and the reintroduction of native ones.

LaSalle and Livingston County

  • Hardscrabble Park Trail Extension and Plan Amendment (City of Streator): This grant helped construct a trail atop a former railroad right-of-way recently acquired by the city, create displays telling the story of the site’s history, and update the city’s 2002 Greenway Master Plan to reflect changed local conditions.

Lee County

  • Rock River Burn Crew (Dixon Park District): The Middle Rock River Conservation Partnership brings together 25-plus natural land managers in three state-designated Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs). This project focused on prescribed fire and radio equipment required to safely complete burns on natural areas.

McHenry County

  • Hyde’s Lakeview Park Improvements (Village of Island Lake): This grant supported improvements to the newly acquired Hyde’s Lakeview Park. The goal of the park is to provide the community a scenic setting with benches, limestone walkways, and resting areas overlooking Island Lake.

Will County

  • Community Garden and Urban Farm Initiative (Will County): This project established a community garden/urban farm initiative. The initiative includes an educational garden, small indoor hydroponic growing area, and compost bins.

2015 Grantees

Boone County

  • Veteran’s Memorial Park Shelter (Village of Poplar Grove): This project was a part of an ongoing effort to develop an accessible, passive-use park shelter adjacent to Long Prairie Trail. The shelter and path will be enjoyed by residents, cyclists, and recreational enthusiasts, and it will be used as a space for organized events, scouting, and community wide activities.

Cook County

  • Independence Park Teaching Garden (Chicago Park District): This project supported the Independence Park Teaching Garden, which offers an applied approach to nutritional and biological science education for children enrolled in the summer day camp.
  • Hermitage Street Community Garden Expansion (Forest Preserves of Cook County): This project funded the expansion of the successful Hermitage Street Community Garden in Englewood. The expansion allows more families to use allotment beds and the community to be invested in the use of this open, green space that employs environmental best practices.
  • Wetlands Restoration Planning at Irons Oaks (Homewood Flossmoor Park District): This project supported the planning and restoration of the Irons Oaks Pond to determine the best course of action to restore nature water filtration and quality.
  • Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (Village of Lemont): This project allowed the Village of Lemont to install a boat dock at the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, which is situated along the historic I&M Canal State Trail and is one of the Great Lakes quarries. This project was a part of an ongoing effort to increase passive recreation opportunities and offers visitors 100+ acres of nature to explore.
  • Midlothian Village Greenway (Village of Midlothian): This project helped fund the Midlothian Village Greenway Project, which is a green infrastructure implementation project to increase community awareness of water quality best practices, and improve water quality and aesthetics along Midlothian Creek.

DeKalb County

  • Genoa to Kingston Trail Project (DeKalb County Forest Preserve District): This project connected the Russell Woods Forest Preserve with a multi-use trail, continuing the trail west through Russell Woods and the South Branch Prairie to complete a section of this important trail.
  • Peace Road Trail Connection (City of Sycamore): This project connected the Peace Road Trail extension from the South Prairie Elementary School to the main trail next to Peace Road. The new connecting trail allows safer access to the trail north of Prairie Drive on Peace Road, increasing the enjoyment of all who use the trail.

DuPage County

  • Grow Healthy Community Garden (Village of Villa Park): This project allowed the Village of Villa Park and its partners in the Grow Healthy Villa Park Coalition to create a community garden on a vacant site and engage partners and residents in establishing an edible, teaching garden that is truly transformational for the village.
  • Honey Hill Meadow (Village of Wayne): This project allowed the Village of Wayne to preserve and protect a 38-acre undeveloped meadow for walking, horseback riding, bird watching, and exercise of unleashed dogs. The meadow is traversed by two creeks that form Norton Creek, a tributary to the Fox River.

Grundy County

  • Multi-Use Path and Bridge (Village of Diamond): This grant supported the installation of an accessible multi-use path that includes a scenic bridge, benches, and informational signage.

Kankakee County

  • Heldt Park Hill Prairie and Natural Playground (Village of Grant Park): This grant helped create a hill prairie and a natural playground learning environment that is safe, cognitively challenging, and utilizes native plants and natural elements to create a beautiful, sustainable, and environmentally friendly area of wildlife habitat with a very low carbon footprint.

Kendall County

  • Dedicated Nature Preserves Planning and Restoration (Kendall County Forest Preserve District): This grant helped establish management plans for the Maramech Woods Nature Preserve and Tucker-Millington Fen Nature Preserve to implement enhanced natural area monitoring and restoration activities, with the primary focus on removing non-native species from core habitat areas.

Lake County

  • Restoring a 22-Acre Remnant Prairie on the McClory Bike Path (City of Lake Forest): This project is a collaborative restoration to remove invasive plants along a popular, heavily-traveled 2.5-mile section of the Robert McClory Bike Path in Lake Forest. This grant greatly expanded the efforts to control the many invasive plants that threaten this high quality prairie area.
  • Dennis A. Dorsey Conservation Area (Village of Green Oaks): This grant supported the restoration of the Dennis A. Dorsey Conservation Area. This project focuses on a rare habitat that is threatened globally – 12 acres of northern flatwoods, oak savanna, and vernal pools, which will be restored by volunteers and local homeowners as a citizen model.

Lee County

  • Franklin Creek Headwaters Signage (Lee County): This grant supported the design, fabrication, and installation of a kiosk and informational signs to help visitors navigate the 80-acre Franklin Creek Headwaters property while learning about the site’s key natural and historic features.

McHenry County

  • Pathways to Education at William C. Donato Conservation Area (City of Woodstock): This grant funded the design of new wetland walkways to ensure the William C. Donato Conservation Area is a safe and accessible outdoor learning lab for Woodstock High School students and is enjoyable for all park visitors.
  • Hundred Oaks for a Hundred Years (Richmond Burton High School District – 157): This grant supported the reforestation of a 20-acre oak woodland that will connect two fragmented woodlands, restoring a 160-acre oak woodland community. This grant supplemented current woodland restoration on the site and is a component of the long term restoration plan to restore an oak woodland totaling 500 acres at Glacial Park.
  • Oakwood Hills Fen Restoration Lower Basin (Village of Oakwood Hills): This grant is a part of a larger two-year project to stabilize severe ecosystem degradation at the Oakwood Hills Fen Illinois State Nature Preserve, ensuring that, along with the restoration of this important site, visitors will be able to access and enjoy the hiking trails.

Stephenson County

  • Wetland Observation Deck Project (Village of Orangeville): This grant allowed the Village of Orangeville to construct an observation deck to enhance community interaction with the Village’s restored wetland along the Jane Addams Trail. The Village will partner with the local non-for-profit group “A Community Together (ACT).”

Will County

  • Community Park Wetland Bank Development (Channahon Park District): This grant supported the expansion of the current trail system and create linkage to the I&M Canal State Trail, allowing visitors to explore the diverse ecological environments of the wetland bank, park, and canal, and learn about the history of the area.
  • Island Prairie Boardwalk Extension (Frankfort Square Park District): This project allowed the Frankfort Square Park District to expand public access into the Island Prairie Park wetlands by creating a boardwalk extension. The project also included a shoreline and wetland restoration, which will use native plant material grown in the Island Prairie greenhouse.
  • Dellwood Park West Conservation (Lockport Township Park District): This project is a part of a joint effort by the Lockport Township Park District and the Will County Forest Preserve District to collectively restore and manage the Dellwood Park West, conserving globally rare and federally endangered species and providing residents with opportunities for bird watching, biking, and hiking.

2014 Grantees

Cook County

  • Remediation of Dorchester Community Garden (City of Chicago): This grant supported site preparation at the new location of the 62nd and Dorchester community garden before management of the garden transfers from the city to NeighborSpace.
  • Natural Areas Restoration (City of Prospect Heights): This grant supported restoration of two natural areas, the Slough on Wheeling Road and the Prospect Heights Bike Path, under the auspices of the newly-formed City of Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission.
  • Completion of Emily’s Prairie (City of Rolling Meadows): This grant completed the creation of Emily’s Prairie, a new native prairie located between Salt Creek and Rolling Meadows High School.
  • Forest Road Trail Access (Community Park District of LaGrange Park): This grant helped establish a new bike path across Forest Preserves of Cook County land, which will connect Forest Road in LaGrange Park with the Salt Creek Trail system.
  • Mahoney Park Bird Pond Restoration (Kenilworth Park District): This project is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize Mahoney Park and will allow the Kenilworth Park District to restore the in-ground bird bath to its original state. Mahoney Park is a wildflower and bird sanctuary officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration of the bird bath will benefit local and migratory birds and area residents.
  • Interpretive Bioswale (Park District of Oak Park): This project allowed the Park District of Oak Park to install an interpretive bioswale at the Oak Park Conservatory, which serves as both a functional and educational tool and provides educational opportunities on topics such as urban water management, ecosystem function, and the values of native plants.
  • Dunning Read Conservation Area (State of Illinois):
    This grant supported the initial restoration and enhance public access of approximately six acres of this conservation area, kick-starting the long-term conservation management plan, on Chicago’s northwest side.
  • West Fork Stabilization in Downtown Glenview (Village of Glenview): This grant allowed the Village of Glenview to enhance public access to and stabilize and naturalize the streambank of the west fork of the north branch of the Chicago River. It represented Glenview’s comprehensive approach toward improving natural habitat and water quality using green infrastructure.
  • Downtown Open Space Plan for Fox Pointe (Village of Lansing): This grant allowed the Village of Lansing to sustainably redevelop and convert a key vacant site within the heart of the community’s downtown into a community park containing native plantings and trees.
  • Niles Rain Garden Project (Village of Niles): This grant supported the completion of the Niles Rain Garden Project, which will improve a depleted site, educate public officials and residents on sustainable practices, create a pedestrian friendly park, and develop a regional model to encourage others to promote water conservation in their communities.
  • Oak Lawn Reforestation Corps (Village of Oak Lawn): This grant brought together community leaders and elementary and high school students to help reforest Village-owned parkways with high quality native trees, creating habitat, reducing stormwater runoff, increasing air quality and providing students with hands-on learning about the importance of trees in urban environments.

DuPage County

  • Lake Hinsdale Park Walking Path (Village of Willowbrook): This grant funded the installation of a walking path at Lake Hinsdale Park, increasing access and enjoyment for all who frequent the park and enhancing the site as a destination for residents.

Grundy County

  • Primrose Park (Village of Mazon):
    This grant allowed the Village of Mazon to increase public access to Primrose Park, and included a path, fishing docks, and benches around two fishing ponds and a walkway bridge.

Kane County

  • Pingree Grove Forest Preserve (Forest Preserve District of Kane County): This project will improve habitat for turtle species at Pingree Grove Forest Preserve through management of invasive species within upland habitat and isolated wetlands used for nesting.
  • Water Wonders Rain Garden (Village of North Aurora): This project funded the interactive Water Wonders Rain Garden within the Fox River watershed and included interpretative signage, native plantings, walking path, and a pedestrian foot bridge to encourage exploration of the garden.

Kankakee County

  • Native Plug Installation (Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District): This grant expanded ecological management and interpretive signage at 30 acres adjacent to the Aroma Land and Water Reserve.

Kendall County

  • Fox River Observation Platform (Oswegoland Park District): This grant allowed the Oswegoland Park District to construct a concrete observation platform, seating and steps leading to the edge of the Fox River to provide an area for the public to access adjacent to the Fox River for passive recreation.

McHenry County

  • Trail Improvements (Marengo Park District): This grant allowed the Marengo Park District to make their hiking trail more accessible for senior and handicapped citizens, improve the quality of the existing trail, and enhance the use and enjoyment of those who visit the site.

Lake County

  • Open Space and Pedestrian Corridor Plan (Village of Lakemoor): This project allowed the Village of Lakemoor to leverage its land acquisition activities to achieve the overall goals of the Village’s Central Area Open Space and Pedestrian Corridor Plan.

Will County

  • Peter Halligan Nature Park (Crete Park District): This grant developed a 6.5 acre park with butterfly habitat, wild bird habitat, a reflection path, benches, signage and an overlook.
  • Goodenow Grove Trail and Habitat Enhancements (Forest Preserve District of Will County): This grant funded trail upgrades and new trails at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve and Plum Creek Nature Center, along with installation of a demonstration prairie and other ecological treatments for habitat improvement.

Winnebago County

  • Ferguson Forest Preserve (Winnebago County Forest Preserve District): This project supported the design and installation of 10 interpretative signs along the trail and at the entrance to the newly acquired Ferguson Forest Preserve, which encourages visitors to learn about and develop a greater appreciation for their natural surroundings and enhance their experience at the Preserve.

Woodford County

  • Sutton’s Park Walking Trail (City of Minonk):  This grant supported the construction of a walking trail through Sutton’s Park that allows easier access to the exisiting Nature Trail. The walking trail and established Nature Trail are a part of a larger, comprehensive plan to connect the trails to a park located on the southern edge of Minonk.

2013 Grantees

Cook County

  • Village of Brookfield Open Space Plan (Village of Brookfield): This project funded an update to the Village’s Open Space Plan and addressed key natural systems within Brookfield, such as Salt Creek.
  • 6062 Trees Community Garden and Outdoor Classroom (Enlace Chicago): This project supported the design and installation of a rain garden and outdoor learning area within a community garden in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.
  • Illinois Prairie Path Landscape Enhancement Project (Village of Hillside): This project included capital and landscape improvements to the Illinois Prairie Path main stem segment passing through the village of Hillside.
  • Izaak Walton Preserve Trail System Footbridge Replacement (Village of Homewood): This project funded the purchase of materials to build a replacement bridge for the existing footbridge located at trail marker BR0.11 on the four-mile Izaak Walton Preserve Trail, in Homewood.
  • Orland Park Nature Center (Village of Orland Park): This project supported site preparation, including prairie seed mix, and the development of a master plan for the Pebble Creek property and a future nature center.
  • Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanical Gardens (City of Palos Heights): This project implemented the master site plan for Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanical Gardens and its surrounding natural areas.
  • Central Park Wetland – Three Year Ecosystem Enhancement Plan (Village of Park Forest): The project supported a three-year improvement plan aiming to restore the quality and habitat of the site through enhancement activities like invasive weed control, mowing and prescribed burns, and water level management.
  • Elmwood Dunes Preserve (Village of Wilmette): This project restored and protected the bluff and dune ecosystem at Elmwood Dunes Preserve by purchasing and planting native plants, trees, and seeds and installing educational signage.

DeKalb County

  • Trail Project (City of Genoa): This trail improvement project provided a gravel trail through parts of Genoa’s Prairie Corridor project, allowing the community to have greater access to recreational opportunities and scenic natural areas in the Grand Prairie.

DuPage County

  • Ackerman Park Access from the Great Western Trail (Glen Ellyn Park District): This project constructed an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, crushed limestone, 140-linear-foot trail extension connecting Ackerman Park in Glen Ellyn to the Great Western Trail.

Kane County

  • Invasive Species Removal at Harley Woods (Campton Township): This project removed invasive plant species at the Harley Woods site.

Kendall County

  • Paddle the Fox (Village of Oswego): This project funded the design and fabrication of five signs to identify the water trail as part of the “Paddle the Fox” project, placed along the Fox River at established canoe launch sites.

McHenry County

  • Still Farm Restoration (Village of Bull Valley): This project restored five acres of a 52-acre former farmland site, now owned by the Village, into savanna and wetlands including a walking path and signage for the public’s education and enjoyment.
  • Trail of History Woodland Restoration (McHenry County Conservation District): This project funded 1,500-2,000 local-genotype oak and hazelnut seedlings to restore a 160-acre tract of historic oak woodland in McHenry County.

Ogle County

  • Skare Park Restoration (Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District): This project implemented targeted control of highly invasive herbaceous plant species in select areas within Skare Park, on a priority-based treatment schedule.

Will County

  • Restoring and Revitalizing Mokena’s Crystal Creek Prairie (Village of Mokena Public Works Department): This project supported Mokena’s ongoing partnership with the Land Conservancy of Will County for improved land management and educational outreach activities at the 45-acre Prairie Park Preserve, a public parkland area of wetlands and prairie.

Winnebago County

  • Aldeen Park Dam Basin Restoration (Rockford Park District): This project converted four acres of Aldeen Park to natural vegetation to promote flood management, water infiltration, and ecological biodiversity.