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, Aug 15 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Sep 19 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 17 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 21 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.


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 escrip.com.  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 terracycle.com 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 smile.amazon.com 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 director@greenearthinc.org.  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 6/10/15