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Leave No Child Inside

Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights
The 6x11 double-sided flier lists the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights and communicates at one glance the vision of the Leave No Child Inside initiative. Printed on durable, heavy stock. Post it on your refrigerator door and check off the items as your child completes them! View the PDF of the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.


Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights: 20 Ideas for Fun and Easy Family Activities
This colorful, laminated pocket guide folds out to reveal simple and fun activity suggestions keyed to the items in the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. Perfect for families that want to spend more time outside but are looking for ideas on where to start or what to do. View the PDF of the 20 Ideas for Fun and Easy Family Activities.


Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights: Benefits of Children's Access to the Outdoors
This small booklet summarizes the science and peer-reviewed studies behind each of the items in the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. Perfect for communicating the research behind the Leave No Child Inside initiative! View the PDF of the Benefits of Children's Access to the Outdoors.

report_people.jpgPeople: Nurture & Nature
Childhood has changed. This report examines the importance of our connection to nature from a young age - for the health of our children, and the health of local nature. View the PDF of People: Nurture & Nature.

 

Restoring Nature to Health

Atlas_thumb.pngAtlas of Biodiversity: 2011 Edition
Educators, community leaders, and residents will enjoy the Chicago Wilderness Atlas of Biodiversity, a beautiful, full-color introduction to the natural history of the Chicago region. This book describes how the combination of geologic forces, natural processes, and human activity have shaped our rare and diverse landscape. View the PDFs of the Atlas of Biodiversity: 


cw_brp.jpgBiodiversity Recovery Plan
The Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan, published in 1999, is an ambitious blueprint for saving and restoring the rare natural communities of the Chicago region — our prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. Developed over more than three years by hundreds of people — scientists, land managers, conservation advocates, planners, and caring citizens — the Recovery Plan outlines the steps necessary to achieve the mission of Chicago Wilderness. View the PDF of Biodiversity Recovery Plan.

cw_report_card_technical.jpgThe State of Our Chicago Wilderness: A Report Card on the Health of the Region’s Ecosystems
In 2006, Chicago Wilderness experts convened to determine how we are doing as individuals and as a region in assuring the health of our unique natural areas. View the PDF of The State of Our Chicago Wilderness Summary Report and Technical Report.

Climate Action

CAPN_Summary.jpgChicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature
The Climate Action Plan for Nature is the first plan to address issues of biodiversity conservation and climate change in a metropolitan region. View a summary of the Climate Action Plan for Nature.

 

Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature: Community Action Strategies
Climate change is affecting both people and nature in the Chicago Wilderness region. Learn more about how individuals and communities can help implement the goals of the Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping plants and animals adapt to climate change. View the PDF of the Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature: Community Action Strategies.

Protecting Green Infrastructure

The Ecological Planning and Design Directory: Resources for Developers, Local Officials and Stakeholders 
The Ecological Planning and Design Directory is a wealth of tools and techniques for achieving sustainable development that is both environmentally sensitive and cost-effective. The Directory presents a set of best practices that individuals, businesses, governments, and other organizations can implement to the benefit of their communities.

Annual Reports

Chicago Wilderness 2013 Annual Report
View the PDF of the 2013 Annual Report. For best viewing, once file is open, save to your computer and choose "Full Screen Mode" under the "View" menu in the toolbar.

Chicago Wilderness Annual Report: 2011 – 2012
View the PDF of the 2011-12 Annual Report.

Chicago Wilderness Annual Report: 2010 – 2011
View the PDF of the 2010-11 Annual Report.

Chicago Wilderness Annual Report: 2007 – 2008
View the PDF of the Annual Report: 2007-2008.

Chicago Wilderness Magazine Archives

Chicago Wilderness Magazine Archives
Published from 1997 to 2009, Chicago Wilderness magazine celebrates the rich natural heritage of this region and tells the inspiring stories of the people and organizations working to heal and protect local nature. The complete archive of Chicago Wilderness magazine issues is available to view electronically.

Chicago Wilderness Reports

report_water_quality.jpgWater: The Quality Test
Is our water clean? What does "clean" mean? Improving water quality is a complex and urgent goal. View the PDF of Water: The Quality Test.

 

 

report_water_demandandsupply.jpgWater: Demand & Supply
The water supply of the Chicago region is not infinite. How can we preserve this vital natural resource? View the PDF of Water: Demand & Supply.

 

 

report_roads.jpgRoads: The Great Divide
Every road changes the environment in some way. This report examines the effects of new roads on biodiversity. View the PDF of Roads: The Great Divide.