What We Do
For 60 years, Openlands has connected and led environmental conservation work, serving as a guide in vision and action for people, organizations, and more effective policy in the region.
Openlands works across northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to advance nature-based solutions to climate change, improve the health and well-being of communities, and create a more verdant region for all.
Protecting Land, Water, and Wildlife
As Chicago’s regional land trust, Openlands connects and energizes the region through strategic collaboration and local partnerships that protect land, water, and wildlife.
Growing the Tree Canopy
Rooted in our deep understanding of the Urban Forest, Openlands equips communities with the resources needed to be able to effectively and efficiently protect trees in neighborhoods and throughout the region.
Empowering People and Communities
Openlands’ educational programs create opportunities for students, teachers, and schools to deepen their connection to themselves, their community, and the natural world.
Advocating for Policy Solutions
With 60 years of institutional knowledge, Openlands plays an integral role in ensuring that effective environmental protection policies can become reality.