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The Communities committee seeks to create and sustain a strong conservation constituency that cares and advocates for preservation, improvement, and expansion of our region’s natural resources.

Topic areas: diversity, demographics, accessibility, social science, health and wellness, and art and culture

Committee members are responsible for:

  • Education member access only
  • Mighty Acorns: Begun to connect urban youth with nature through a unique, hands-on experience, our partners supported the integration of Mighty Acorns with a highly respected, school-based, ecology curriculum.


  • Hosted webinar for 25 Chicago Wilderness organizations on accessibility in natural areas
  • Began compiling data on regional demographics and member audiences
    social scientists and outreach experts participated in the priority species selection process

2020 GOALS

  • Identify priority engagement areas 
  • Partners using demographic assessment tools
  • Developing an expanded constituency
  • Alliance reflects regional diversity


  • Number of people reached
  • Number of partners using assessment tools
  • Engagement survey underway

Chicago Wilderness members should login to the CW Partner portal to join and participate on the committees that interest you. Not a Chicago Wilderness member? Email Laura Reilly for information about joining a committee.