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Award & Accreditation Program

From vast, rolling prairies and woodlands to outdoor classrooms, these accreditations and awards showcase our region’s best examples of places that benefit both wildlife and people. Chicago Wilderness recognizes outstanding natural areas and sites through two programs.


Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program Accreditation (EERP)

Using a rigorous, standards-based approach, this program recognizes large, high-quality natural areas and the organizations that manage them.

View past EERP accreditation recipients.

Learn about the application process.


Conservation & Native Landscaping Awards (CNLA)

These awards recognize projects that demonstrate exemplary use of native landscaping and conservation design.

View past CNLA recipients.