Volunteer Appreciation Event

Posted on October 6, 2017 by - Member Events

On Sunday, October 15 at 2PM, please join us at the annual
Volunteer Appreciation Event.
If you have volunteered with The Environmental Defenders for an hour, a day or ongoing on a regular basis, we would like to celebrate YOU and all that you do.   Each one of our volunteers adds up to the whole that makes The Environmental Defenders what it is today: a vital conservation organization that makes real change and progress toward a healthier McHenry County. 
This year, we return to Sterne’s Woods & Fen in Crystal Lake for a group tour ride through the woods followed by a fire and treats.  John Fiorina, Manager of The CL Nature Center and Natural Resources with the Crystal Lake Park District, will be there to do some special Dutch oven cooking.  Our tour leader is Steve Byers, who directs all the restoration work of the fen where a hydrological restoration project was completed last winter.  Steve is also Natural Areas Resource Specialist at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and a member of The Environmental Defenders.  Steve will highlight the special qualities of this natural area. “Sterne’s Woods & Fen became an Illinois State Nature Preserve in 1994 to preserve and protect its unique ecology. A fen is a rare type of wetland in which cold groundwater that is high in calcium and magnesium seeps to the surface.  The unique water chemistry supports plants that grow nowhere else.  Sterne’s Fen is home to at least 10 rare or endangered plant species.” This is a special place to celebrate special people.
Please rsvp to envirodefmc@gmail.com by October 13.  On Sunday, October 15

, please meet at the outdoor pavilion (5617 Hillside Drive) at 2PM and dress appropriately for weather that day.   Hope to see you then!

Styrofoam Collection Up and Running

Posted on October 4, 2017 by - Environmental Tips, In the News

The Environmental Defenders is pleased to announce a second location for Styrofoam collection with the reopening of the site at Algonquin Public Works at 110 Meyer Drive (oepn 24 hours a day). We thank the Village of Algonquin for partnering with us and also Algonquin Township Highway Department for reopening of that site at 3702 Highway 14 in Crystal Lake (open Mon-Fri., 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) We encourage the public to reduce Styrofoam use and to recycle what clean Styrofoam they do have by dropping it off at our two locations or at our monthly recycling drives.  Other locations will be opening by end of year.  Thank you to U-Haul, Chicago Logistic Service and Dart Company for their partnership in helping to keep Styrofoam out of landfills and out of our environment.

Fall Book Sales Starts Saturday, September 23!

Posted on September 21, 2017 by - Environmental Tips

Book Sale Flyer – 2017


Location: Algonquin Township Highway Department garage, 3702 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake
Sale Dates and hours:

Saturday September 23 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday September 25-29 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED Saturday September 30
Sunday October 1 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Monday-Saturday October 2-7 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays open until 6:00 p.m.!
Bag Sale October 5, 6, and 7!

THOUSANDS of books available. Come check out our wide selection: 
Fiction, Non-Fiction, History, Biography, Mystery, Religion, Philosophy, Books for Children and Teens, Self-Help, Travelogues, Sports, Entertainment, Cookbooks, Crafts, Music, Art & Photography, Foreign Language, Poetry, 
Short Stories, and SO MUCH MORE!!

2017 Scholarship Winners

Posted on August 10, 2017 by - In the News

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County’s Education Committee, chaired by Mary Forni, is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s environmental scholarships. Sheridan Taylor (left) and Paige King (right) are the recipients of $1,000 Environmental Defenders’ Scholarships for their volunteer work in the area of environmental stewardship and volunteerism. Sheridan, a graduate of Cary-Grove High School will be attending the University of South Carolina to study environmental science/marine ecosystems and Paige, a graduate of Johnsburg High School, will be attending the University of Montana to study wildlife biology.  Both young ladies are members of The National Honor Society and between them volunteered at The Hollows, Volo Bog and Pioneer Fen.