BACT In The News

Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s partnership leads to success
Horizon Farm Preserve officially opens to the Public

February 2023 – (The Barrington Hills Observer)

This Conservation Easement Agreement expands the natural areas, preserves the open space and equestrian character of the preserve as a result of collaboration between key stakeholders.

photo credit Linda M. Barrett

Highlander Festival at Cresswood Farm Helps Support BACT’s Land Preservation for Future Generations

November 2022 – (Quintessential Barrington)

The afternoon was a reminder of the benefits of open spaces, and how wonderful it is to be outside in fresh air with friends and family, to have places for children to run and roam, and to enjoy live music and picnics at a festive gathering.


Tartans for the Trust 2022

November 2022 – (Country)

Supporters of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) gathered with friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of bagpipes, kilts, live music, and highland games at BACT’s Tartans for the Trust Concert at Christina Cressey’s beautiful Cresswood Farm on September 24.

BACT Celebrates its 2021 Tartans for the Trust

January/February 2022 – (Quintessential Barrington)

Members, guests, donors and a host of Celtic friends joined together for BACT’s annual “Tartans for the Trust” fundraiser on August 28, 2021, celebrating 20 years of conservation in the Barrington area.

OaktoberFest 2021 features Oak Wilt Awareness

October 2021 – (Daily Herald)

Our 6th annual OaktoberFest will also celebrate our 20th anniversary preserving our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces. Participants of all ages will join together to plant native trees and shrubs, plus gather and resow native seeds to help continue our stewardship and restoration of this lush oak savanna.

Join BACT at their 20th Anniversary Tartans for the Trust

July/August 2021 – (Quintessential Barrington)

Bagpipes and kilts, live music and Highland games. Barrington Area Conservation Trust is delighted to announce that its annual summer event, Tartans for the Trust, is back! As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, the BACT board and staff are excited to welcome groups of all ages to join us at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center on August 28, 3-7 p.m. for an outdoor celebration – all to benefit conserving the open spaces of the Barrington area.


BACT Welcomes New Leadership Team 

July/August 2021 – (Quintessential Barrington)

Barrington Area Conservation Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and they are proud to announce the newest members of their team.

Earth Day 2021 

April 2021 – (Daily Herald)

Pederson Preserve hosted Barrington area volunteers for an Earth Day celebration filled with planting native forbs, moving mulch and cleaning up roadside trash.

Tartans for the Trust 2020 Photo Montage 

November 2020 – (Country)

The Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s (BACT)’s second annual highlander-themed event, Tartans for the Trust, was held on August 29 at the Sanfilippo Estate. In full compliance with state guidelines for social distancing and safety, the outside event capped attendance at 50 persons, while a virtual event was hosted simultaneously via livestreaming with raffle prize drawings in real time.

Founded in 2001 by Mary Bradford-White, BACT’s mission is to preserve the open space, rural character, and scenic, recreational, and natural resources of the Barrington communities.

The Highlanders of Barrington

June 2020 – (Country)

Michelle Nagy Maison, BACT’s Executive Director of Development, says she is excited about what the Events Committee has put together to make sure the second annual highlander-themed event can go on as scheduled, but in full compliance with state guidelines for social distancing and safety.

“This year’s Tartans for the Trust will take on a new look. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we plan to have a small 50-person live event outside at the Sanfilippo family polo field in Barrington Hills,” she says. “At the same time, we will host a virtual event by livestreaming and doing exciting raffle prize drawings in real time.” The Tartans for the Trust main raffle sponsor for 2020 is Bluestem Ecological Services, offering generous prizes valued at $15,000.

BACT Oaktober Fest

January 2020 – (Barrington Hills Life)

Mother Nature was on our side for a beautiful fall Oaktober Fest family planting day at Far Field Nature Preserve, located at the corner of Lake Cook and Old Sutton Roads in Barrington Hills, IL.  For the 4th annual Oaktober Fest, 150 participants joined together to plant 75 native trees and shrubs on the northern edge of the property. This is part of our effort with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative to remove and replace woody invasive species such as buckthorn.

First Tartans For the Trust a Success

November 2019 – (Quintessential Barrington)

This first Celtic-themed concert for Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) on August 31, 2019, was a huge success. People of all ages donned their tartan attire and headed to the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center for the first “Tartans for the Trust”.

The event attracted 350 guests who raised funds to protect our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces, provide educational opportunities to the community and programming for high school students, and to make a significant contribution to ongoing efforts which include stewardship and restoration at our nature preserves.

OakTober Fest at Barrington Hills nature preserve featured planting, bonfire, live entertainment and more

October 7, 2019 – (Barrington Courier Review)

Planting day at the Far Field Nature Preserve in Barrington Hills Sunday drew residents in droves to help restore prairie habitat.

Barrington Area Conservation Trust Holds First Celtic-Themed Fundraiser 

September 09, 2019 – (Barrington Courier Review)

Local residents broke out their plaid and wool kilts recently for the Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s annual fundraiser held at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center.




Barrington Area Conservation Trust Major Donor

August 2019 – (South Barrington Life)

Ninety Barrington Area residents gathered at the beautiful Barrington Hills Safilippo family polo field for an evening cocktail reception honoring the generous donors for the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

Barrington Chamber to Honor Women Leaders at Luncheon

August 23, 2019 – (Daily Herald)

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Biz Net will honor four local women leaders during the chamber’s Outstanding Women Leaders Awards Luncheon including BACT’s Susan Lenz with the OWL Award for Mentorship and Education.

BACT Donor Appreciation Reception

August 3, 2019 – (Country)

Barrington Area Conservation Trust recognized ninety Barrington area residents for their generous support in preserving our open spaces. Hosted at the beautiful Sanfilippo Family Polo Field.

Two Women, One Goal

March 2019

A passionate new leadership team continues Barrington Area Conservation Trust’s mission. 

Campaign to Weed Out European Buckthorn Across the Suburbs

February 2, 2019

A public campaign against a pesky invader is being launched across the region.

True Fishing Expedition Reveals Which Species Live in Spring Creek 

June 16, 2018

Barrington Hills’ Sanfilippo estate is a popular venue for elegant charitable fundraising parties, but Tuesday it was all about scientific researchin the spring-fed creek by Shedd Aquarium experts…

BACT Enlists Community to Celebrate Earth Day

April 23, 2018

To commemorate Earth Day 2018, members of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust recently ventured out to the prairie again to do restoration work, including a fresh spring planting of native flowers.