Get Involved with Openlands

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.

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:

Growing Granja Gardens

Saturday, March 25 | 12-2:30 pm
Plant Chicago
4459 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60655

Join Davíd Toledo of Contemporary Farmer, Inc. to learn the basics of edible gardening. Learn what grows well in Chicago for spring, and learn about best practices for stewarding a low maintenance garden. This can be presented in both English and Spanish. By the end of this workshop you will know:

  • What plants grow best in a Chicago spring 
  • Cover cropping and mulching
  • Seed saving during the growing season

CPDU’s and lunch will be provided. Sign up here.

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: