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Conservation Press Releases

Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates conservation on World Environment Day

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
World Environment Day

Conservation is a big term that covers a lot of ground. That's why the Chicago Botanic Garden sets aside a full day for children and adults to explore conservation and sustainability on World Environment Day. Learn about topics large and small—from the global reach of our plant conservation scientists to sustainable gardening at home.

Lenhardt Library Receives Illinois State Library Grant to Provide Web Access for Historical Documents

GLENCOE, IL (January 23, 2015) – A $67,000 digital imaging grant from the Illinois State Library will enable the Lenhardt Library to share historically significant documents with a wider number of scholars, gardening enthusiasts and members of the general public. The Chicago Botanic Garden library is one of 13 statewide to receive a total of $485,779 in grants for preserving and providing web access to historical collections.

Citizen Scientists Save the Shadbush and Protect Hundreds of Other Rare Plants

GLENCOE, IL (June 26, 2014)Volunteers with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plants of Concern—a citizen-science corps in its 14th year of monitoring rare flora—recently prevented the shadbush from disappearing from a preserve in western Cook County. The shrub, native to woodland stream banks, is named for its pretty white flower, which blooms at the time the shad return to their spawning grounds. Habitat loss and degradation threaten the survival of shadbush in Illinois, and by 2011 the preserve’s population was reduced to a single plant.

We Can Save the Monarch by Working Together

Event Date: 
Friday, June 6, 2014

GLENCOE, IL (April 30, 2014)—It’s not too late to restore the awe-inspiring migration of the monarch butterfly, which used to fly north by the hundreds of millions to spend summers throughout the Upper Midwest and Canada, say members of the Alliance for Milkweed and Butterfly Recovery.

Learn more about the coalition’s work—and steps you can take to support the iconic butterfly—at a special “Make Way for Monarchs” event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

NSF Awards Chicago Botanic Garden Scientists a $1.54 Million Dimensions in Biodiversity Grant

Dr. Krissa Skogen in New Mexico

GLENCOE, Ill. (October 7, 2013) – Chicago Botanic Garden researchers have received a $1.54 million Dimensions in Biodiversity grant from the National Science Foundation to study the way flowers use scent to attract the pollinators they need to reproduce and survive. The floral scent may also draw flower predators, and this can play an important role in the evolution and diversification of plant species. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program is a “race against time” to transform our understanding of the scope and role of life on earth, according to the NSF.

Plants of Concern Program Receives Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant

Susanne Masi, co-founder of Plants of Concern

GLENCOE, Ill. (July 29, 2013) –The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plants of Concern (POC) program was recently awarded a $14,000 Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This grant is designed to preserve, protect, perpetuate and enhance non-game wildlife and native plant resources of Illinois through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological balance. POC is a regional rare plant monitoring program designed to assess long-term trends in the state’s rarest plant species.

Chicago Botanic Garden and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Partner To Restore 1.25 Miles of Lake Shoreline

GLENCOE, Ill. (Nov. 22, 2011) – The Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program have begun a ten-month Section 206 Ecosystem Restoration Project to restore 6,400 feet of shoreline at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s North Lake. The project area includes the entire perimeter of the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, as well as areas along the North Lake’s western and northern shoreline.