Defenders of McHenry County is a citizen organization dedicated
to the preservation and improvement of the environment. We are
committed to building sound ecological relationships between
people and the natural world that supports all life.
To achieve the aim of environmental
preservation and improvement, we provide the community with
educational programs and volunteer action on pollution
prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource
We advocate policies which protect
drinking water supplies and conserve land for open space and
agriculture. We demonstrate waste reduction through recycling
drives and reuse centers. We encourage natural resource
protection through native landscaping and stream protection
have we been up to lately?
Green Living Expo
as a sponsor, in addition to co-sponsoring the Fox River Fish
Viewing Tank – a 2,500 gallon showcasing the beauty and complexity
of the Fox River fish and ecosystem.
Helping area high school students with a refurbished
Working with local businesses on commercial cardboard
Offering recycling at various music festivals and
events on the Woodstock Square
provided comments on environmental concerns at meetings of the
County Board’s Transportation Committee, Natural and Environmental
Resources Committee, and the Planning and Development Committee
Spoke in support
of bicycle/walking trails receiving full funding in the County’s
2040 Transportation Plan and environmental benefits of roundabouts
at a County Board meeting, and collected over 200 signatures in
support of bicycle trails to aid the efforts of the McHenry County
providing ideas to protect the environment to be included in the
County’s Unified Development Ordinance
Promoting alternatives to
single-use plastic bags at parades and the County Fair.
protection information to attendees at local seminars and events
Working with the Illinois
Environmental Council on a five-year recycling plan and on state
Recycling Task Force feedback
Monitor meetings of the
MCC Board of Trustees to help protect the Crystal Lake Watershed as
they move forward with their Sustainability Plan
Attended a meeting to
provide comments on the Village of Lakewood’s Green Infrastructure
Plan prior to adoption by their Board
Continuing to facilitate
meetings of the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed
Bioneers’ meetings and Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute meetings
questions from the public - recycling, invasive species, land use
and water concerns
Drinks events at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Upcoming Events and
(also see Calendar link
Office Hours: Monday
through Thursday, 10 am - 4:30 pm
Book Store Hours: Tuesday
through Friday, 11 am - 4 pm. Saturday 11am - 3pm
Open 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15
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Defenders' McHenry &
Woodstock Recycling Drives
We hold a monthly recycling drive on the second Saturday
of each month, alternating between McHenry & Woodstock, McHenry in
odd-numbered months and Woodstock in even-numbered months.
Our next collection of fluorescent tubes,
batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button), and clean polystyrene foam (AKA Styrofoam) will be in
Woodstock on Saturday, December 14th, from 9 am until noon. Click the link below for the
address and more information.
A donation will be requested for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors
and televisions brought
We also collect packing
peanuts, re-useable bubble wrap, and electronics such as computers,
phones, printers, electronic toys, etc. A donation is requested to
recycle TVs and computer monitors (suggested donation is $10 - $35
depending on size) We can also
take VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.
At the McHenry drive, we also accept aluminum cans
as a donation to help fund our educational
and advocacy programs, or as a
"buy back", paying you a
below-market rate per pound.
Become a new member of the Defenders at the recycling drive,
at the $50 level
or higher, and get two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for
Home Depot & Ace Hardware will
take your compact fluorescent bulbs for recycling at no charge.
The Green Spot Used Books Store
110 S Johnson Street, Suite 104
Woodstock IL 60098
Visit the Defenders' Green Spot used book
store, across the hall from the office. We have a continually rotating supply of good used books and gift
items, all at
incredible prices, and all proceeds help the Defenders.
Book donations are welcome.
You can drop them off anytime we're open, or you can use our book bin, located
on Johnson Street just to the left of the building, day or night!
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am - 4pm and Saturday 11am - 3pm.
Special Holiday Evenings!
Open until 7pm on Friday, December 13
Phone person wanted. Anytime we
need volunteers for an event, we do a lot of calling, and can
use help. You can do this from your home or at the Defenders'
office - we'll provide a script with all the information you'll
need. Let us know if this is something you'd like to help us
Help at our monthly
recycling drives is always appreciated.
Green Spot Resale
– We can always use volunteers to
help sort and price book donations, Mondays - Saturdays, anytime
If you can commit to a 11am - 4pm shift
once a week or once every other week, Tuesday through Saturday, we
can use clerks at the book store. Call the office if you want to
Speakers Bureau - we often get calls
from groups looking for someone to do a presentation for them. If
you enjoy public speaking, let us know the topics you can cover, and
we'll add you to our list.
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