Join Us In-Person for The Environment and COVID-19: A Panel Discussion

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Live from Barrington Hills Riding Center

The Fox River Valley Hound Heritage Foundation in association with Barrington’s White House will present a panel discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on Air, Water, Habitat, and Wildlife in the Fox River Valley.  Come out to the Barrington Hills Riding Center on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 4 pm, located at 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010.  The program will be filmed live and will be broadcasted on our Live Event Stream page. There are a limited number of tickets available for $30 in the arena and $10 tickets for online webinar viewing.

Thank you to our event co-sponsors Barrington Area Conservation Trust and The Conservation Foundation, and our event host Hound Heritage Foundation who believe the event promises to be an insightful look at the short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our way of life.

Questions to be explored include the following: Will changes in human behavior on the environment wrought by the virus be temporary or long-lasting (e.g. less car and airplane commuting/more webinar meetings)? What species have thrived during the pandemic with human stay at home orders?   How have public lands been affected in the Fox River Valley forest preserves and parks?

The panelists for this forum may include Jeff Mengler, Senior Project Scientist at Hey and Associates and President for the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership; Gary Swick, President of Friends of the Fox River Valley; Wendy Paulson, Nature Educator/Chairman Bobolink Foundation; Jack Pizzo, Senior Ecologist and Landscape Architect of Pizzo and Associates, Ltd. and Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The symposium will be presided over by Robert McGinley, President of the Fox River Valley Hound Heritage Foundation, and moderated by Judy Freeman, Chief Operating Officer for Hound Heritage.

This event will be live at the Barrington Hills Park District, 361 Bateman Road.  In-person tickets may be purchased here for $30. Virtual tickets can be purchased here for $10. View the event on our Cultural Events page for more information.


To view these virtual events, please register at For more information about accessing this event online, please contact Kate Himes at 224.234.4018 or