BackYard Nature Center (BYNC) is a not-for-profit organization which was incorporated with the State of Illinois in 2007. It received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS in July 2009. In its initial years, it has already reached hundreds of children and adults with its stewardship and educational programs.
 
The mission of BackYard Nature Center is to promote, facilitate, and strengthen the bond between the nature environments in New Trier Township and the children and adults who wish to enrich their lives with direct experiences in nature.
 
It is the Center's position that exposure to natural habitat has enormous benefits – cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual – for healthy child and adult development. To connect with nature in one's literal and figurative backyard is a life-affirming experience to be shared with family and community.