Water conservation workshop set at Naperville’s McDonald Farm

The sign welcoming visitors to the Conservation Foundation's Mcdonald Farm in Naperville on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
The sign welcoming visitors to the Conservation Foundation's Mcdonald Farm in Naperville on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Capturing the rainfall that comes in April showers and beyond will be the focus of a free workshop this weekend in Naperville.

Set for noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Clow Education Center at The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, the session is designed to show participants how to collect rainwater and use it to hydrate and nourish the plants in their yards through the upcoming growing season.

The free workshop, which requires no advance registration, will include a presentation at noon about rain barrels and rain gardens, how they work and how to install them. The foundation will have repurposed rain barrels made from recycled plastic available for purchase. The rain-harvesting vessels are equipped with spigots, screens and overflow valves, and are priced at $75 each.

A tour of the 60-acre farm will take place at 1 p.m., showing visitors conservation in action.

The foundation in recent years has added an assortment of energy-conserving features, including rain and butterfly gardens, a modern-day underground cistern, solar roof panels, a wind generator, permeable pavement and native plants. The enhancements at the farm demonstrate ways everyone can help improve local water quality, increase habitat for bird and butterfly species, and provide beauty and opportunities to connect with nature right at home, farm officials said.

More information is available at www.theconservationfoundation.org/events.php.

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