McDonald Farm in Naperville is home to The Conservation Foundation.
The Foundation is a 41-year-old non-profit environmental stewardship organization, headquartered in Naperville and focused on preserving natural spaces and land and water resources within DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties. In 1998, with a generous donation of land and the support of over 3,500 members and 500 volunteers, The Conservation Foundation designed McDonald Farm to educate the community about their mission to preserve open space and natural lands, protect water resources, and promote sustainable development.
The 60 acre property is used to showcase native and environmentally conscious forms of landscaping, including beautiful water and butterfly gardens. Rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and rain barrels help teach the public about water conservation and quality, while encouraging useful conservation techniques to benefit private homes and businesses. In addition, Green Earth Institute operates an organic farm on the premises, and organizes tours for families and school groups throughout the year.
McDonald Farm is open to the general public during office hours from 9AM until 5PM. Note: it is highly recommended that you phone ahead to be sure someone will be at the farm to show you around.
The farm also hosts special events, programs, classes, and summer camps for all ages.
- McDonald Farm is located at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road in Naperville
- Offices may be reached at: 630-428-4500
This article was contributed by Your Naperville community member, Ridgely Dunn.