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Challenge Grant


The button to the right will direct your donation toward the

Challenge Grant fund.


Our Mission

Green Earth, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit land conservation organization.  

Our mission is to preserve natural areas for the benefit of the people of Carbondale, IL.  

We own and maintain six natural areas, totaling 220 acres, and nine miles of hiking trails - all open to the public for outdoor recreation and enjoyment.

Executive Director

Stephanie Eichholz

618 201-3774

Board of Directors

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct 15 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 19 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 17 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Jan 21 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Earth's Sponsors
Green Earth depends heavily on the generosity of the business community to continue our mission of preserving natural areas. The organizations to the right have contributed financially or have donated materials or services to Green Earth.

Outdoor Turf Professionals 

Long Forestry Consultation 

Carbondale Veneer Company

Miskell Lawn Service

SIUC Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab

Illinois Clean Energy Community Fndn.

Burkdell Mulch

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

The semi weekly blog spot is an amazing resource for those of you who want to read about landscaping with natives and why it is so beneficial to our indigenous wildlife.  Articles are posted from all over the country, and many from the Midwest, so a lot of great regional information is a click away.


The Fall Native Plant Sale is Nearly Here! 

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

8am to 3pm at the Murdale Shopping Center.

Green Earth is offering locally grown native perennial flowers, ferns, grasses, and shrubs; in conjunction with Keep Carbondale Beautiful sale of native trees.
Start planning ahead for your fall planting needs.  Come early for best selection!

Want to have your own native garden?  Click on the picture above to learn about establishing your own native plant flower bed on the Wild Ones website. 

Click to read the current 

Green Earth Newsletter

Want to get involved with Green Earth?

Are you a Saluki?   Check this out . . .

    Hours worked at GE can be used to fulfill volunteer service hours at SIUC.  Many instructors, Greek organizations, and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) require a minimum number of service hours per semester.   Check with the instructor or organization leader ill determine what service is acceptable and how to track and submit hours.  More info on these can be found at the

One program we encourage students to take advantage of is the Environmental Ambassador Award.  A student who earns 30 service hours within one calendar year from an approved environmental organization will receive a notation on their transcript.  This can be done for every year you're at SIU, and it looks great on a resume!  This program is run by the SIUC Sustainability Office  Click on the "participate" button on the left to find info on this program.  

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest GE news and amazing photos of our preserves.

You don't need to have an account to see us on social media. Just click and view!

Looking for More Ways to Give to Green Earth?
Try these Easy Options:

You can raise money for Green Earth just by shopping for your everyday needs at Schnucks, or at dozens of online merchants. Every time you shop, merchants will donate a percentage to Green Earth. It’s that easy!

1) Next time you visit Schnucks, pick up an eScrip Customer Card at the service desk.  After registering your card (online or by phone) you'll raise money for Green Earth every time you shop just by showing your card at checkout. Need help or a card? Call us at 618-201-3774.

2) Start your online shopping at the eScrip Online Mall by visiting  Sign in and follow the links to your favorite stores. There are hundreds to choose from and many merchants will donate more than 5%!

Achieve Zero Waste. Join this at-home recycling program and                           earn cash for Green Earth.

Visit to learn how you can help eliminate waste by sending your hard-to-recycle items to Terracycle. The more you recycle, the more you earn for Green Earth!

Amazon will donate .5% of your eligible purchases to
Green Earth.

If you shop at Amazon, simply go to to start your shopping. Log in and shop as usual. Be sure to select Green Earth as your
charity of choice.


Attention All Explorers! 

Do you enjoy exploring Green Earth preserves?  Would you like to share your experiences?  Feel free to submit your photos, plus name, date, and location to  Your submission might be featured on our Facebook page! 

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?
Green Earth holds a volunteer workday the third Saturday of each month (check our events calendar for upcoming times and locations), but one Saturday a month simply isn't enough!  We are often approached by student groups, community groups, and Green Earth trail users about hosting special workdays.  Sometimes a group is looking for a good cause they can get behind, or someone sees a problem on a trail and they want to be part of the solution - whatever the reason we are happy to accommodate.  Check out our photo gallery for more pictures of Green Earth's impressive volunteer force.   

Updated 8/7/16