Recent News

Reflecting on Openlands’ Participation in May 2023 Advocacy Days 

This past April, Openlands’ staff from multiple departments embarked on a mission to make our voices heard by participating in advocacy days at both the state and national capitols. These advocacy days provided an opportunity for Openlands to advocate for crucial conservation issues and engage with and inform policymakers. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of advocacy days, highlight Openlands’ efforts in Washington, D.C. and Springfield, and discuss ways for individuals to get involved in grassroots advocacy. 

Jerry Adelmann to retire as President and CEO of Openlands this year

After 35 years of exceptional and deeply committed leadership at Openlands, Jerry Adelmann, plans to step down from his role as President and CEO this year, the 60th anniversary of the organization.

Reflecting on Openlands’ Legacy in the Environmental Movement 

The first Earth Day was pivotal in bringing together millions of Americans and the previously fragmented environmental movement. Here in Chicago, Openlands played a key role in helping organize the city’s first Earth Day, which included plans that spanned a whole week and that ended with a rally at the Civic Center, now Daley Plaza.