Defenders of McHenry County is a citizen organization dedicated
to the preservation and improvement of the environment. We are
committed to building sound ecological relationships between
people and the natural world that supports all life.
To achieve the aim of environmental
preservation and improvement, we provide the community with
educational programs and volunteer action on pollution
prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource
We advocate policies which protect
drinking water supplies and conserve land for open space and
agriculture. We demonstrate waste reduction through recycling
drives and reuse centers. We encourage natural resource
protection through native landscaping and stream protection
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protection information to attendees at local seminars and events
Prepared and presented
comments related to protection of the environment in McHenry County
to the County for consideration in the Unified Development Ordinance
Monitor meetings of the
MCC Board of Trustees to help protect the Crystal Lake Watershed as
they move forward with their Sustainability Plan
Attended a meeting to
provide comments on the Village of Lakewood’s Green Infrastructure
Plan prior to adoption by their Board
Continuing to facilitate
meetings of the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed
Facilitate monthly Green
Drinks events at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Upcoming Events and
(also see Calendar link
Office Hours: Monday
through Thursday, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Book Store Hours: Tuesday
through Friday, 11 am - 4 pm. Saturday 11am - 3pm
Pancake Breakfast and Prairie Walk
Members are invited to the Defenders’ Annual Pancake Breakfast and
Prairie Walk on Saturday, June 1st at the Soil and Water
Conservation District (SWCD) building and The Defenders’ property on
Those who would like to
enjoy a walk to look for birds and wildflowers should gather at the SWCD
parking lot at 7:30 a.m. We'll be back by 9:00 a.m. to meet up with members who
would like to just partake of the pancake breakfast.
As in past years, Walt
will be serving up pancakes, sausage and hot coffee. Please bring your
own tableware as well as a brunch type item (i.e. fruit, muffins, etc.)
to share. Hope you can come and enjoy this
“beginning of summer” event with other Defenders friends!
Used Book Sale
In June, we will have a special book sale downstairs
at the Woodstock Square Mall.
Sale dates are:
Thursday June 6th - 11 AM until 5 PM
Friday June 7th -11 AM until 4 PM
Saturday June 8th - 11 AM until 3 PM
We'll need help sorting the books into categories now through Tuesday June 5th, anytime from 11am to 4pm,
(3pm on Saturday). Call the office if you can help!
In addition to being a great fundraiser for the
Defenders, used book sales also keep unwanted books, movies and CDs out
of the landfill.
Defenders' McHenry &
Woodstock Recycling Drives
We hold a monthly recycling drive on the second Saturday
of each month, alternating between McHenry & Woodstock, McHenry in
odd-numbered months and Woodstock in even-numbered months.
Our next collection of fluorescent tubes,
batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button), and clean polystyrene foam (AKA Styrofoam) will be in
Woodstock on Saturday, June 8th, from 9 am until noon. Click the link below for the
address and more information.
A donation will be requested for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors
and televisions brought
We also collect packing
peanuts, re-useable bubble wrap, and electronics such as computers,
phones, printers, electronic toys, etc. A donation is requested to
recycle TVs and computer monitors (suggested donation is $10 - $35
depending on size) We can also
take VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.
At the McHenry drive, we
WILL be taking aluminum cans, paying you a
reduced rate or accepting them as a donation to help fund our
educational and advocacy programs.
Become a new member of the Defenders at the recycling drive,
at the $50 level
or higher, and get two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for
Home Depot & Ace Hardware will
take your compact fluorescent bulbs for recycling at no charge.
The Green Spot Used Books Store
110 S Johnson Street, Suite 104
Woodstock IL 60098
Visit the Defenders' Green Spot used book
store, across the hall from the office. We have a continually rotating supply of good used books and gift
items, all at
incredible prices, and all proceeds help the Defenders.
Book donations are welcome.
You can drop them off anytime we're open, or you can use our book bin, located
on Johnson Street just to the left of the building, day or night!
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am - 4pm and Saturday 11am - 3pm.
Phone person wanted. Anytime we
need volunteers for an event, we do a lot of calling, and can
use help. You can do this from your home or at the Defenders'
office - we'll provide a script with all the information you'll
need. Let us know if this is something you'd like to help us
Help at our monthly
recycling drives is always appreciated.
Green Spot Resale
– We can always use volunteers to
help sort and price book donations, Mondays - Saturdays, anytime
If you can commit to a 11am - 4pm shift
once a week or once every other week, Tuesday through Saturday, we
can use clerks at the book store. Call the office if you want to
Speakers Bureau - we often get calls
from groups looking for someone to do a presentation for them. If
you enjoy public speaking, let us know the topics you can cover, and
we'll add you to our list.
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