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Birds in My Neighborhood has wrapped up the 2023-2024 school year. Be the first to know about upcoming volunteer opportunities and how to bring our program to your school by signing up for our newsletter.

Volunteer to lead class lessons, bird walks, and field trips

Since 2013, Birds in My Neighborhood® has helped more than 14,000 students learn about nature in their local community. The program introduces students to the common birds of the region through in-class lessons and field trips. Led by Openlands, this classroom-based and volunteer-driven program is offered to schools in the City of Chicago and through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Volo Bog in Lake and McHenry Counties, Illinois.

14,800

Students

in pre-K through 5th grade

220

volunteers

throughout the Chicago region

71

teachers

bringing bird education to their classrooms

37

schools

participating in this program

BIMN Kids with binoculars

“I always see such growth and learned knowledge in the students after going through the program. Students acutely become aware of the species found in their urban setting.”

– Saucedo Elementary teacher


Learn more about Birds in My Neighborhood:

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Support for Birds in My Neighborhood is generously provided by BNSF Railway and US Forest Service International Programs.

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Meet Our Expert Staff

Jorge García-Openlands
Birds in My Neighborhood Program Coordinator
Openlands Staff Jessica Fong
Director of Education
Birds in My Neighborhood Program Associate
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