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Get Involved

No matter where you work or live, there's a place for you in Chicago Wilderness.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

Become a Partner

Organizations and individual people can become members of Chicago Wilderness. We partner with you to protect and restore natural communities and improve the quality of life in the Chicago region.

Work in Conservation

Visit our job board to find employment opportunities in the Chicagoland area. 

Join a Committee

Find an area of our work that interests you and join a committee to help set and achieve important conservation goals. 


Many organizations depend on volunteers to complete their important work. View our list of partners and explore their websites to find your perfect volunteer opportunity. 

Explore the Outdoors

The interactive Openlands Get Outside Map features 350 parks, preserves, and natural areas where you can discover the best of our region's wilderness.

Discover Nature with Your Family

No matter what age your children are--or if you're an adult who is a kid at heart--check out our list of family-friendly activities that are great fun anytime but especially during the COVID-19 crisis. And don't forget to use the Seek app and iNaturalist to share what you see. 

Go to an Event

Our Community Calendar features everything from conferences to festivals. 

Garden for Nature at Home

Native plants are well adapted to the local climate and soil. They make for a beautiful garden that requires very little attention and offers abundant rewards. For planting tips and native garden plans, visit: 

Garden for Nature at Work

Conservation@Work educates business owners and organizational leaders on the benefits of gardening with native plants.

Live Responsibly with Wildlife

If you encounter injured or orphaned wildlife, the best way to help may be to let nature take its course. Human intervention is not always the answer.

Before taking action, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator or care center in IllinoisIndianaMichigan, or Wisconsin to ask for advice. 

Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for additional information on living with wildlife.