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Meet the 2019 George B. Rabb Force of Nature Award Recipients!

Saturday, October 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Reilly

Meet the Winners of the
2019 Dr. George B. Rabb Force of Nature Awards

The Dr. George B. Rabb Force of Nature Awards celebrate the people, organizations, programs, and projects that go above and beyond to advance Chicago-region conservation. On November 14, Chicago Wilderness will recognize ten new winners at our Partner Appreciation Event and Awards Ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

One awardee committed to ten years of bird monitoring and changed how grasslands are managed. Another learned Spanish to better spread his message on monarchs. And yet another expanded a Waukegan church poverty program into a local institution connecting kids to Lake Michigan and the forest preserves.

Think you know them? Meet the Force of Nature Class of 2019

A new name
This year — only the second time these biannual awards will be given out — we’re excited to announce that the Force of Nature Awards have been named to honor another force of nature, the late George Rabb. Dr. Rabb, who passed away in 2017, was the longtime director of the Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo, a tireless leader in international conservation (especially for herps), and a central force in the establishment of Chicago Wilderness.

Awards will be given CW Partner Appreciation Event and Awards Ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden on November 14 for food, drinks, networking, and the presentation of not only the Dr. George B. Rabb Force of Nature Awards but also theExcellence in Ecological Restoration Program accreditations (more on those soon). Please register by November 6.

Sponsor the event
Sponsoring the Partner Appreciation Event demonstrates your commitment to excellence in conservation and creating a sustainable region where our residents live, work, and play. There’s still time to add your support! Learn more at EERP and Force of Nature Awards Sponsorship.

Help us spread the word
We want the world to know what people are doing to make the Chicago region greener and healthier for people and wildlife. Help us get the word out about the Force of Nature Awards. See below for our super-simple toolkit to make it easy to share these achievements with your networks.

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Join the CW community for this year’s Chicago Wilderness Partner Appreciation Event and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 14, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.Enjoy food, drinks, networking, and the presentation of theDr. George B. Rabb Force of Nature Awards and Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program accreditations. Register by November 6 at


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We’ll be posting fun facts about both our Force of Nature and EERP winners. Their stories are the best way to talk up the awards, so we hope you’ll share and retweet (with or without your own take). If you’re not already following us, here are our handles:


Facebook: @chicagowilderness

Twitter: @chiwilderness


And here’s our Force of Nature Awards press release. Please share with local outlets you think may be interested.