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, Apr 26 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 17 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, May 17 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Jun 21 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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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.


                Spring Wildflowers are in Bloom!

Our preserves are in bloom! Take a walk and see how many species you can find. Visit the Photo Gallery to see more photos taken by board member Nathan Speagle. 

What our Volunteers have been up to . . .    

Scout Ryan Michalesko completes his Eagle Project at 
the Flaglands Preserve

Ryan (center) is part of Scout Troop 4, out of Murphysboro, and is sponsored by The Saint Andrew Church Knights of Columbus. Ryan developed the plan, secured materials, and coordinated 25 scouts plus adults to help with installing two benches for visitors to the preserve.

Green Earth holds a volunteers 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 4.15.14