~SD Protectors Intro Video Coming Soon!~

We are transforming seven acres of mostly buckthorn (a plant species out of balance with our local ecosystem) into an oak woodland planting which will provide maximum native biodiversity and food for humans and other lifeforms.

Quinton is the Mission Project Director for the Sustain DuPage Protectors.

Quinton has been a grounds maintenance worker for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County since 2015.  He can never get enough of his job so he volunteers with Adopt-A-Stream, Cook and Kane County, Sierra Club, Sustain DuPage, The Morton Arboretum, and West Chicago Prairie Stewardship Group.  Years of experience with multiple groups make him the man for this director job.  He believes Illinois is a diamond in the rough with underutilized recreational opportunities and fragmented, neglected natural wonders. Quinton is passionate about restoring continuous habitat throughout the region for maximum biodiversity and enjoying it while treading lightly.

From the Blog:

Huma Hikes the Preserves: Eagle Lake

My inaugural hike for this project was Hidden Lake, and I’m back now with its sister lake, Eagle Lake. As I mentioned when I was doing Hidden Lake, I got a bit of a late start that day and was kind of rushed, so I only did the loop around the Hidden Lake itself, which worked out to about 1.3 miles – very short, totally do-able, and a great lunchtime strolling spot.

Water Walks: Trek 4!

An Exploration of Life, Relationships, Movement, and Water East Branch Trek 4: Glen Oak County Forest Preserve ~> Hidden Lake Forest Preserve DISCLAIMER: In no way whatsoever are Andrew Van Gorp, Jason Phillip Halm, Sustain DuPage, or any accompanying affiliates,...

Huma Hikes the Preserves: Hidden Lake

Greetings, DuPagers! My name is Huma. I’ve decided to enjoy DuPage County on foot by hiking in all of the DuPage County forest preserves. Join me on this journey, as I will post from as many DuPage forest preserves as I can, and share pictures of our gorgeous county throughout the seasons!

Our Regional Allies:

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Protecting and improving the county’s natural areas while providing high-quality educational and recreational experiences for the people who call DuPage home.

The Conservation Foundation

Saving land, saving rivers.

The DuPage Monarch Project

Providing education about monarchs and increasing the amount of suitable monarch habitat throughout DuPage County.

DuPage River Salt Creek Working Group

Determining the stressors to our aquatic systems through a long term water quality monitoring program and implementing viable remediation projects.

Greater DuPage Wild Ones

Promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Faith In Place

Protecting our common land, water, and air.

Habitat 2030

Hosting habitat restoration workdays, nature hikes and weekend camping trips, social gatherings, and educational opportunities. 

The Morton Arboretum

Taking action to protect and preserve trees.

River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club

Exploring, enjoying, and protecting the wild places of the earth; practicing and promoting the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; educating and enlisting humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and using all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
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