Resources: Native Habitats

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Focused information for our area on planting native plants.

Focused information on planting native plants.

For ways you can cut your pesticide use.

For ways you can cut your pesticide use.

How to get your edible garden started and thriving.

How to get your edible garden started and thriving.

For a free rain barrel in Oak Park.

For a free rain barrel if you live in Oak Park.



Designing Neighborhoods for People and Wildlife

This video is created by the American Society of Landscape Architects whose mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.

Openlands: Conserving Nature for Life

Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

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Where to Purchase Native Plants and Chemical-Free Lawn Care Products

The Conservation Foundation compiled a list of Chicago area stores selling native plants and natural lawn care products here.

Beyond Pesticides Website

Beyond Pesticides works with allies to protect public health and the environment, leading the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.

Midwest Pesticide Action Center

A Guide  to Growing Environmentally Friendly Lawns & Gardens

Eco-Sensitive Garden Clean-Up

Conventional garden cleanup removes organic matter and beneficial insects. Stephanie Walquist of Wild Ones West Cook recommends the following books to learn more:

Teaming with Microbes, Lowefels and Lewis
Life in the Soil, Nardi
Farming with Beneficial Insects, Xerces Society
Attracting Native Pollinators, Xerces Society