Nature Needs You Like Never Before. You Can Make a Difference.

When I look back five years from now, it’s going to feel good knowing that together, we saved the special places.”

Emily Thompson, HLC Donor & Supporter


It’s up to you to save the wildlife you care about most by supporting the Spring Campaign for Special Places.



With your help, people from all walks of life will embrace the wonders of nature, savor fresh local food, conserve wildlife habitat…while there is still time.

Together, we can…

… protect important habitat that local plants and animals depend on for their survival.

Wildlife like the shy crane, and the curious frog, depend on lands increasingly threatened by haphazard development. Conserving woodlands, streams, wetlands and farmlands is more important than ever for them to thrive.

… make sure we have land to grow the food that sustains us.

Your support will conserve farms to grow food. 20% of our region’s farmland has been lost to development over the past 10 years. Many families are asking for our help—and you will make that possible.

… increase access to nature for the whole community.

You will play a critical role in ensuring that people have access to the land for inspiration, health, and wonder.

This coming year, you will enhance local trails and expand our programs to allow people of all ages to enjoy nature.

Giving Can Provide Benefits Beyond the Land

Please note that when you click the button below, you will be taken to our GiveLively page to process your donation securely. Alternatively, you can mail a check to our office at 29 E Main St, Belleville, IL 62220. If you prefer to make your donation over the phone, please call Denisha Martin (Communications Manager) at 618-566-4451 ext. 28. If you prefer to make your donation in person, you can do so at our office Monday – Thursday from 9AM to 4PM.

Participate in our “Campaign for Special Places” and support conservation and wildlife in southwestern Illinois.

Protected Prairies Save Frogs

Protected Wetlands Save Herons

Protected Rivers Save Minks

Protected Forests Save Birds

Protect Them All

Protected Meadows Save Fireflies

Thank you for supporting the unique landscapes and natural resources of southwestern Illinois. You are saving habitat for our region’s wildlife, protecting farmland, and supporting healthy communities. Together, we can keep creating an even better southwestern Illinois through conservation. This spring, we need to raise $30,000 to support the ongoing stewardship, care, and protection of these special places and future natural areas and farms.

Here’s a brief guide on how you can participate and make a difference:

1. Click the wildlife and habitat you love or select them all: You can do this by clicking on the respective options available above.

2. Give any gift amount: We welcome gifts of any amount, as every little bit helps to conserve, connect, and restore the amazing places and helps the wildlife of our region.

3. Gift of $100 or more for a t-shirt: For those who donate $100 or more, we’re offering a special t-shirt that features the protected habitat and wildlife of your choice. This is a great way to show you support wildlife and open spaces in southwestern Illinois. If you prefer to decline the t-shirt, you can do so during the donation process. You can choose to have your shirt shipped to you for an addition $10.

Thank you for being a part of our mission and for your generosity in supporting the Campaign for Special Places. Together, we can make a significant impact on protecting and preserving the natural resources of southwestern Illinois for generations to come!

Disclaimer: Please note that the final t-shirt designs may vary slightly from the representative images due to possible adjustments made by the printer. 


Spring Appeal T-Shirt Pick Up Date #1 – Edwardsville

Thursday, July 6th from 5 – 7PM

Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Rd, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Spring Appeal T-Shirt Pick Up Date #2 – Swansea

Saturday, July 8th from 1 – 3PM

Swansea Clinton Hills Conservation Park, 1524 Clinton Hills Parkway Swansea, Illinois 62226