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, Sep 20 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 15 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 20 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Shop to Support Green Earth 

Green Earth is part of the eScrip Program.  You can raise money for GE just by shopping for your everyday needs!  Click the eScrip icon and learn how you can help.

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.


Our fall plant sale is around the corner!!!
Save the Date:  Saturday October 4th.  

We will once again be partnering with Keep Carbondale Beautiful to bring you high-quality, nursery stock, native trees and plants.  You'll find us in the Murdale Parking Lot with a huge selection of natives for all habitats and sun exposures.  Check back closer to October for more details.  

Play Day Fun!

Our first Community Play day was a great hit.  Nearly 30 children plus their parents visited our Oakland site on Saturday June 21st to explore, learn, and play.  Families enjoyed a Guided Tour, Fun With Bugs, and Woodland Creature Leaf Art.  

Visit our Facebook Page to see pictures of all the fun.  

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 director@greenearthinc.org.  Your submission might be featured on our Facebook page! 

What our Volunteers have been up to . . .    

Unity Point Sixth Graders Help Green Earth Again!

Unity Point Science Teacher, Christopher Midden, brought the entire sixth grade class to Green Earth’s Chautauqua Bottoms in early May for the fourth year in a row. This field trip is the culmination of a unit on native ecosystems and the negative impact of invasive species. With the help of several Unity Point teachers and GE chaperones, approximately 50 students hand-pulled invasive garlic mustard for several hours. The students are learning the importance of native habitats, the difficulty in fighting invasives, and different practices for effectively removing various plants. Our thanks to the students and the chaperones who made this possible! 

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 6.16.14