Openlands Nature for All Campaign

Increase access to nature for people, for now, and for generations to come.

A Legacy of Impact ​

60 years ago, Openlands was founded in response to a national call for more open space in urban areas. Since then, Openlands has led national and regional firsts. Through dynamic partnerships and strategic vision, we have guided land and water conservation work on all scales forward and ensured policy protects nature. Today, as calls for resiliency in the face of climate and biodiversity crisis abound, the region requires a bold, accelerated pace and scale of conservation. Openlands stands ready. We hope you'll stand with us!

"There is courage in acting for something you may not be able to enjoy in your lifetime. It takes an understanding of the urgency of the present paired with the imagination to see a potential future."

Campaign Focus

The Chicago metropolitan area’s abundant water and land resources are critical to its economic, cultural, and ecological future. The opportunities and needs are greater than ever. The Nature for All campaign will ensure the continued vibrancy and vitality of our region in the face of global challenges. In light of the outpouring of support, we are setting our sights on a goal of $25MM for the Nature for All Campaign. We need your help in this final push before the end of our Campaign on Earth Day, 2024. We are immensely grateful to all who have already given. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a meaningful difference in safeguarding the beauty and biodiversity of our region.

$ 25 MM

total campaign GOAL

most ambitions campaign in Openlands history

1300 +

New Acres protected

of land and water protected, with a focus on Hackmatack

2250 +

new Trees planted

in low canopy areas throughout the region

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Conserving Land For All

Preserve 1,300+ acres of land and water across the region over the next two years, with a special focus on Hackmatack, the first National Wildlife Refuge accessible to the 12 million residents of metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee.

Expanding Access for All

Invest in strengthening and expanding Openlands’ forestry and education programs, reaching thousands in the region. Funding will ensure 2,250 trees are planted in low-canopy areas, support the Arborist Registered Apprenticeship green workforce development program, and engage 2,500 TreeKeepers to help steward the urban canopy. 

Arborist Registered Apprentice Climbing Training
Paddling along the Little Calumet River

Accelerating Impact for All

Ensure Openland’s ability to respond boldly to regional environmental challenges and opportunities by investing in our organizational capacity, doubling our endowment from $5 million to $10 million and ensuring a successful transition to our next president and CEO.

A girl playing in a natural playground setting
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All for nature. Invest in the future of our region by giving to the campaign today.

Your investment creates long-lasting regional impact, amplifies conservation models for the nation, and advances the global movement to protect land, water, and wildlife for a more resilient world

Speak with an Openlander


Openlands Staff Jerry Adelmann
Jerry Adelmann
President Emeritus
Openlands Staff Daniella Pereira
Daniella Pereira
Chief Operations Officer
Openlands Staff Emily Reusswig
Emily Reusswig
Vice President of Conservation and Policy


Our deepest gratitude goes to the supporters of the Nature for All Campaign for their truly phenomenal foundational support. 

* In Memoriam
^ Openlands Board Members

Dean Fischer and Judith Stockdale, Co-Chairs

Jill Allread ^
Alan Bell ^
Timothy Brown
Jonathan Copulsky ^

Carrie McNally ^
Lois Morrison
Glenn Reed ^
Jill Riddell

JoAnn Seagren ^
Nancy Sutherland
Anne Tucker ^

Shaun & Andrew K. Block
James & Elizabeth Bramsen
Richard Carlson
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan ^ Hamill

Judy & John W. McCarter Jr.
Jamee Kane
Jeanine & Andrew McNally IV
Wendy Paulson

Nancy Hamill Winter

Fred & Cindy Acker
Gerald W. Adelmann
Ms. Jill L. Allread^ & Family
Frank H. Beal
Susan & Steve Bell
Alan M. Bell ^
Shaun ^ & Andy Block
James & Elizabeth Bramsen
Noelle C. Brock
Mrs. Courtney Brody
Lynn Buhl ^
Richard Carlson & Cristina Benitez
Suzanne & Bill ^ Clarkin
Comer Family Foundation
Coleman Foundation
Jonathan Copulsky ^ & Ellen Barreto*
Dr. Mimi Cowan
Mr. & Mrs. George ^ W. Davis
Garrett^ & Terrence Dee
Laura & Steve Derks
Matthew^ & Lynora Dobry
Kimberly Duchossois
Daisy Feidt ^ & Berenice Tow
Dean & Jenny Fischer
Mrs. Nancy Fishman
David Forbes & Elizabeth B.
Orwig Memorial Fund
Full Circle Foundation
John & Michele Gillett
Mr. Jeffrey D. Greenspan
Ms. Maureen Gustafson
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan ^ Hamill
Hamill Family Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Foundation
Patrick ^ & Jessica Hanley
Faye Hartog-Levin
Hall Healy
Paul Hills
Houghton Family Charitable Trust

Michael & Amelia Howard
Dr. Shemuel Israel
William R. Jentes
Ms. Kristen A. Jones
Kanter Family Foundation
Mr. Thomas E. Keim
Martina Keller ^ & Don McLellan
Dan Lauderback ^ & Jennifer Cromheecke
Mr. Kerl LaJeune ^
Trinita Logue
Michelle Long
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Mann
Mr. Raed Mansour ^ & Salina Flores
Ms. Susanne Masi
Sara & Sachin ^ Master
Mrs. George H. Maze
Jeanine & Andrew McNally, IV
Carrie C. McNally ^ & Rick Maechling
Dennis Meisinger
Sarah Mirkin
Ms. Lois Morrison
Mrs. Addie Morrison
Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family
Wendy Mospan
Mr. Rommel Noguera ^ & Michelle Bjelke
Mrs. Lisa O’Toole
Hank & Wendy Paulson, Bobolink Foundation
Pepper Family Foundation
James ^ & Leslie Rachlin
Glenn^ W. & Barbara Welsh Reed
Alexa Rice
Jill Riddell & Tim Brown
Ms. Carey Roberts
Jeff Rode
Laura ^ & Ricardo Rosenkranz
Jeff & Debbie Ross, Ross Family Foundation
Joseph Russo* & Bebe Novich

JoAnn Seagren ^ & Scott Lang
Mark & Nancy Smith
Charles & Joyce Solberg
Tor Solberg
Solberg Manufacturing Inc.
Margaret & Kevin Stineman
Charitable Fund at The Chicago
     Community Foundation
Judith Stockdale & Jonathan Boyer
Nancy Sutherland
Sophie B. Twichell
Anne Tucker ^ Family Charitable Fund
Jennifer & Bob Van Valkenburg
Mr. Doug Voigt ^ & Mrs. Kim Voigt
Walder Foundation
Ms. Nicole S. Williams^ & Dr. Lawrence J. Becker
Nancy Williamson & Steven Byers
Ms. Nancy Hamill Winter
Ms. Melissa F. Weber
Ms. Karen A. Witter
Chris Wu ^

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