There are many ways to help protect the nature you love with Openlands. Whether you’re a teacher that wants to teach outside, a government agency that wants to improve your green space or a tree lover who wants to volunteer in their community, there are opportunities to connect with nature where you live.
Become a TreeKeeper
TreeKeepers work throughout the region to keep trees healthy, administering proper care and promptly recognizing and reporting harmful pests.
Volunteer with Community Forestry
Sign up and find events to volunteer and engage with Openlands.
Shop the Native Tree and Plant Sale
Shop Openlands Native Tree and Plant Sale
Apply for a TreePlanters Grant
Apply for the Openlands TreePlanters Grant to plant trees in your neighborhood with your community.
Apply for the ComEd Green Region Grant
The ComEd Green Region Program awards grants to support efforts to plan for, protect, and improve open space in ComEd’s service area of northern Illinois.
Participate in Birds in my Neighborhood
Volunteer with Birds in my Neighborhood and organize in-class lessons, bird walks, and field trips.
Apply for the Arborist Registered Apprenticeship
Openlands’ Arborist Registered Apprenticeship is an opportunity for individuals to participate in a 3-year registered apprenticeship program, working alongside industry professionals and gaining hands-on experience, training, and skills in arboriculture.
Engage in Lands in Harmony
Looking for information or advice as you incorporate conservation-friendly practices into your landscape? We can help.