Learn how to use native plants for landscaping to reduce maintenance costs and create a healthy, beautiful environment for people and nature.
Conservation@Home (Conserve Lake County)
Gardening with Wildflowers (University of Illinois Extension)
These local non-profits provide education about conservation in Mettawa and Lake County, Illinois.
Lake County Audubon Society (An Illinois Chapter of the National Audubon Society)
Lake Cook Audubon (Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society)
Visual identification guides for native wildflowers.
Illinois Wildflowers Guide (Illinois Wildflowers)
Gallery of Illinois Plants (Illinois Natural History Survey)
Native Wildflowers of Northern Illinois (Rick Barton)
Learn why invasive species are so harmful to a native environment, and what you can do to help.
Invasive Plant Species (Conserve Lake County)
Video: “Cultivating Awareness: Ornamental Plants Invading Natural Areas” (Midwest Invasive Plant Network)
Please see our Sustainable Options page.
Local birding organizations:
Online/mobile bird identification
Information about the native animals in this area.
Living with wildlife (Lake County Forest Preserve District)
Living with White-tailed Deer (University of Illinois Extension)