Celebrating 50 years of Preserving and Protecting
the environment in McHenry County!

In order to protect all living things, the Environmental Defenders is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the natural environment in McHenry County.  As a grass roots organization, we are committed to building sound ecological relationships between people and the natural world that supports all life.

Cover image credit: VectorStock – Diversity hands reaching for Earth.

YOU can join and/or volunteer and help us advocate for a healthy environment and also enjoy what we protect, together.


New masks for sale soon …our MASCot!


Congratulations to the Illinois Environmental Council! We're proud to be one of your members! #illinoisenvironmentalcouncilOur affiliate organizations are the backbone of the environmental movement in our state and represent the very best of our community. They’ve guided our agenda and shaped our strategies for nearly 45 years.

Their strength is not only a sign of IEC’s strength as an organization, but of the strength of our environment and the policies that protect it as well. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that IEC has officially reached an exciting milestone:

We now have over 100 affiliate organizations operating within the state of Illinois!

Welcome to the team American Rivers, River Network, Earthjustice, Chicago Sustainability Task Force, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Calumet Collaborative and Urban Growers Collective!

If you have household items that you're wanting to get rid of as a result of your Spring cleaning, we'd love to have you donate them to our garage sale! ...

Preserve. Protect. Educate. Since 1970