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Volunteering and Events

There are numerous ways to participate and give back to nature around the region!

Land + Water Restoration:

Openlands partners in Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge to restore land recently acquired with McHenry County Conservation District and Friends of Hackmatack.

Openlands Education Events:

Green and Growing Summit

Saturday, May 6 | 8 am-3:30 pm
Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
3857 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Openlands, Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), and Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) are coming together to host the inaugural Green and Growing Summit. 

The Green and Growing Summit is a gathering designed to strengthen the connectivity of Chicago’s garden education movement building on the work of the Green Teachers Network and the CPS Garden Educator Cohort. Our goal is to amplify participants’ knowledge of garden, nature, and sustainability education through workshops and networking opportunities. This year’s theme is to “Imagine What’s Possible” when we harness our creativity and envision the abundant future of green and growing schools and communities. Participants will leave the summit feeling supported, energized, and inspired. 

We are currently seeking workshop facilitators. Submit a proposal here.

Openlands Forestry Events + Volunteer Opportunities: