2019 Year in Review
At BACT, we want to remember the gifts that nature brings us all year long including health, peace, and focus. BACT works throughout the year to give back to nature. Here are some of the highlights from 2019. Please consider a gift of nature through BACT this year.
New Direction
In 2019, BACT changed its management structure with Susan Lenz and Michelle Masion serving as co-directors to capitalize on their complementary strengths.

BACT Board
BACT increased the size of its Board by adding four talented individuals who bring new skills and ideas.

Service Spotlight
BACT is grateful to all those who helped in our mission to preserve, restore, and inspire! In 2019 we saw an increase in volunteer participation with over 2500 hours.

Tartans for the Trust
BACT hosted the first "Tartans for the Trust" in August, including bagpipes, highlander games, and children's activities that made it an afternoon to remember!

Once again, BACT sponsored the high school group "Teens4Green" and the current group bursts with energy for projects related to clean water and the benefits of trees.

New Website
Thanks to a generous grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation, BACT launched a new website in the fall of 2019, allowing BACT to provide resources to residents in the entire Barrington area on a range of topics that assist with land preservation.

Earth Day
Earth Day Celebration 2019 at Pederson Preserve brought together over 350 Barrington area residents of all ages to volunteer, including nine BHS science classes. Together they worked to plant nearly 1000 wetland and flowering plants, remove buckthorn, and restore this exceptional natural area in our community.

Conservation Collaboration
In 2019, BACT began a collaboration with two other local conservation groups in a project that will help protect local water sources, thanks to a grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation.

Major Donor Event
Ninety Barrington area residents enjoyed an evening at the beautiful Sanfilippo Family polo field to honor the generous donors of BACT.

Summer Internship Program
For the fourth summer, BACT's internship program gave high school students hands-on opportunities to explore, learn, and participate in a variety of scientific methods.

Raaz Basati joined BACT in 2019 as a Conservation@School Coordinator. With her passion for conservation, she connects with the students at Barrington High School, and she has been busy finding a variety of ways to inspire them to become our future environmental stewards.

Pederson Preserve Signs
At Pederson Preserve, BACT installed educational signs, made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

New Road for Far Field
BACT installed a new road made of recycled materials at Far Field Preserve allowing volunteers and guests to more easily access the property.

Oaktober Fest 2019
Oaktober Fest 2019 brought over 150 community members to Far Field Nature Preserve to enjoy nature and plant 75 native trees and shrubs in furtherance of BACT's restoration efforts.

NatureRX Speaker Event
A packed room of community members became engaged by BACT's program "NatureRX," where Dr. Teresa Horton of Northwestern University explained the ways access to nature benefits our mind, body, and soul.
In 2019, BACT's Conservation@Home program took on new life with multiple volunteers visiting homes in the area and advising homeowners on ways to implement environmentally friendly choices in their landscapes.

Chicago Region Trees Initiative
In 2019, BACT continued its partnership with Morton Arboretum in the Chicago Region Trees Initiative. BACT also helped create a Healthy Hedges brochure that will help homeowners find native alternatives to buckthorn.