Barrington Area Conservation Trust (Barrington , IL)


  • Name:Lisa Cote
  • Title:Development & Communications Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Barrington Area Conservation Trust
  • Address:145 W. Main Street, Suite 201
    Barrington , IL 60010
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:847-387-3149

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  • Mission:
  • To preserve open lands, natural resources, equestrian character and scenic beauty of the Barrington communities through conservation easements and land stewardship contributing to healthy ecosystems.

  • Overview:
  • Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) is dedicated to permanently preserving and enhancing our area's open land and water resources that are a cherished part of our local heritage. By working with landowners, homeowner associations, and municipalities to implement best management practices to protect and preserve water resource in our area, BACT provides water stewardship expertise to Tower Lakes Drain Partnership, Flint Creek Watershed Partnership, and the Barrington Area Council of Governments Water Resources Committee. A strong partnership with Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has allowed for funding of many of our water preservation initiatives.
    As we become more and more aware nationally and globally of the scarcity of freshwater on our planet, it is important to educate our future generations in the areas of environmental conservation. In cultivating our future environmental stewards, BACT is currently providing resources and collaborating with Barrington High School(BHS) in creating real life citizen scientist opportunities for over 220 students. These students gain a better understanding of their watershed as well as environmental and conservation concerns through their monitoring of Flint Creek on the BHS property. Five times throughout the school year students will perform physical, chemical and biological tests to track data and draw scientific conclusions. This classroom programming is just one of the components of the BACT/BHS Conservation Leadership Project (CLP). The CLP provides real-world experiences, including classroom programming, hands-on fieldwork, career exploration, internships and extracurricular activities.

  • History:
  • BACT has preserved over 490 acres of land in the Barrington area through conservation easements, land donations, and bargain sale purchases. The land protected by our largest easement, the 406-acre Barrington Hills Horizon Farms, recently changed ownership and was purchased in 2014 by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) providing us with a new partner for preservation and stewardship collaboration. Other easements include a beautiful oak woodland, high quality fen, and rare gravel hill prairie.
    BACT has received donations of 26 acres of open space including key properties adjacent to a designated Illinois Nature Preserve. The Trust also strategically purchased a 5 acre wetland to connect a conservation easement to a 20 acre property being restored by PepsiCo.
    Partnering with the Village of Barrington Hills and other government agencies, BACT has completed 17 conservation easements that protect scenic rural roads through the Heritage Corridor program.
    The Conservation@Home, Conservation@Work, and Conservation@School outreach programs assist owners of small backyards to large-scale landscapes with sustainable solutions. These include incorporating the use of native plants into the landscape, implementing water conservation practices and providing solutions that minimize the use of chemicals while contributing to a healthier region.
    Our volunteer-driven stewardship activities for both students and adults strive to engage the community in meaningful work that nurtures a lifelong appreciation for conservation and stewardship of the land.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:12
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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