Council Conservation

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About Conservation

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through the Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse.  Right now, Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference.

Mission Statement

"To Educate, Involve, and Energize Youth in Conservation through Scouting."

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is offering online nature events over the next month, go give them look! Here

Each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to Noon, at its water reclamation plants, the MWRD will give away free potted saplings through its Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree (RTC) program. The saplings are about 18 inches tall and are potted in the MWRD’s EQ Compost, a sustainable soil amendment recovered from the water reclamation process. The program kicks April 14, 2021 and ends in October. To learn more, visit or email

If you looking to do an Eagle Project with the Cook County Forest Preserve please contact Joe Swano at


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Outdoor ethics are a way to think about and act towards the environment. Things like the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lighty help Scouts and Scouters minimize their impact on the environment by giving basic guidelines while being active in the outdoors. To learn more click the links below

Outdoor Code
Leave No Trace
Tread Lightly!
Outdoor Ethics Events and Training