Media Contact

Yamys Urbano Valencia
PR and Communications Associate
p: 312.863.6260


Founded in 1963, Openlands is among the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only such group with a regional scope in the greater Chicago region. Openlands has helped protect more than 70,000 acres of land for public parks and forest preserves, wildlife refuges, greenway and blueway corridors, urban farms and community gardens. Openlands utilizes a number of conservation tools (outreach and education, technical assistance and planning, land acquisition and preservation, and policy and advocacy) to implement longterm solutions that balance inevitable growth in our region with the responsibility to protect open spaces and natural resources for generations to come.