The Village of Glen Ellyn will become a haven for butterflies thanks to a partnership with The Conservation Foundation as part of its Conservation In Our Community program.

The program kicks off with a free workshop, “Invite Nature Into Your Yard,” at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center on Wednesday, March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The program will introduce residents to The Conservation Foundation’s popular Conservation@Home program encouraging the use of native plant species for landscaping yards.

“We’re delighted that Glen Ellyn is demonstrating a commitment to conservation by getting everyone involved,” Program Director Jan Roehll said.

Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District join six other DuPage County communities ­— Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Naperville, Warrenville, and Lisle — to engage citizens to become conservation-conscious through various sustainable local projects.

Homeowners will learn what plants attract butterflies as part of the Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project to restore habitats along the migratory routes of this threatened species. Those involved can become Conservation@Home certified and participate in a garden walk of the homes in the program later this summer.

Plans also are underway to work with the village and park district to plant The Conservation Foundation’s Pollinator Meadow Mix to attract butterflies and other native species. Meadow Mix is an alternative to traditional turf grass in public areas and around municipal buildings and requires minimal upkeep.

The Conservation In Our Community program is possible through a $20,000 grant from the DuPage Foundation with support from DuPage County Stormwater Management. Each municipality has contributed a small portion to help fund this effort and The Conservation Foundation will provide the guidance needed to help implement the projects.

For information on Conservation In Our Community, call Jan Roehll, (630) 428-4500, ext. 121 or emailjroehll@theconservationfoundation.org.

The Conservation Foundation, celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2017, is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations. Since it was founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve nearly 33,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors.

Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.

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