Conservation Congress


Shaping the Next 50 Years of Conservation in McHenry County
Saturday, February 8, 2020 

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
McHenry County College — Luecht Center, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake

The 3rd Conservation Congress of McHenry County calls together an assemblage of thoughtful leaders and influencers to offer insight, opinions, and solutions to critical issues of importance to conservation today.

The Conservation Congress provides both delegates and the community a formal process to propose and advocate for actions that can be taken by the McHenry County Conservation District to protect and conserve our natural resources, and provide compatible education and recreational opportunities on public lands in McHenry County.

Today, too many people are growing up without a strong connection to nature. If we can reach more people and get them involved in environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities we can improve the lives and lifestyles of more residents—and in turn, protect our water, wildlife and way of life for current and future generations.

If the legacy of public lands bequeathed to us is to continue for the next fifty years and beyond, all interest groups within the county need to come together to speak with one voice. The McHenry County Conservation Congress offers that opportunity.

Join us for this thoughtful discussion!

New This Year
Next Generation Insight — Youth Delegation!

Public Invited to Join the Conversation! 

Registration Opens Nov. 10, 2019
R/$20 NR/ $30, Includes Lunch
Tickets are Limited.


Event Schedule
Congressional Conversation No. 1
Guest Speaker: TBA
Reciprocity: Returning the Gift — A Conservationist’s Continuum

Congressional Conversation No. 2
Guest Speaker: TBA
Go! Do! Be! The Pursuit of Healthiness

Congressional Conversation No. 3
Keynote Speaker: Richard Louv
Our Wild Calling: Transforming Our Daily Lives To
Connect Children, Families And Communities To Nature

Closing Remarks: Action Plan for the Future
Conservation Congress Commemorative Group Photo
Book Signing & Celebration Reception

About the Keynote Speaker:
Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting the international movement to connect children, their families and their communities to the natural world. He is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N. His newest book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting to Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs, was released in Nov. 2019.

Louv has written for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Sierra magazine, Orion Magazine, and Parents, among other publications, and he has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and others.



McHenry County municipalities and delegate organizations came together in 2018 to voice that they Stand UP for Conservation: