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Our Initiatives


We are providing the places and programs for generations of families to connect with nature.


We are developing strategies to mitigate climate change through land and water conservation action.


We are making significant improvements in the ecological health of the region’s lands and waters.


We are creating a region where healthy ecosystems contribute to a high quality of life for all residents.



Recent News

Celebrate our region's top natural landscapes and the masterminds behind them at the Chicago Wilderness Awards.

Learning to live (again) with cougars, wolves & bears: check out Chicago Wilderness members on Chicago Tonight.

EcoMyth: Wild predators belong anywhere but here. Hear more on the EcoMyths segment on WBEZ's Worldview.

 Audubon report says half of North American birds are being affected by climate change. What we're doing and how you can take action.

What is Chicago Wilderness?

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A regional alliance that connects people and nature. Our more than 300 nonprofit and Corporate Council member organizations work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all living things by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend.

Chicago Wilderness Magazine Archives

Published from 1997 to 2009, Chicago Wilderness magazine celebrated the rich natural heritage of this region through profiles, in-depth articles and ideas for fun weekend adventures.