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Award & Accreditation Programs

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 these programs.

Force of Nature Applications for 2019 are due on April 30.


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. 

EERP Past Recipients


Force of Nature Awards 

These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose conservation, restoration, advocacy and/or educational activities in the regional are inspirational examples for others.

Click Here for the 2019 Force of Nature Application

Click Here for the PDF version of the 2019 Force of Nature Application 

View 2017 Recipients



Conservation & Native Landscaping Awards (2000-2014)

These awards recognized projects that demonstrated exemplary use of native landscaping and conservation design.

View past CNLA recipients.