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:

Crane Sit at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

Join us for this BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ focused trip, hosted in partnership with Out in Nature

Each fall, Sandhill Cranes pass through our area on their migration south for the winter. Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area is a key rest area for these birds on their journey. At dusk each day, observers can witness between several thousand and tens of thousands of birds landing to rest before continuing south. Unlike a nature hike, we’ll be stationary for most of this event, viewing and listening to Sandhill Cranes and other birds from an observation platform. Learn more about Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area here.

Date: Saturday, December 3
Time: 1:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

RSVP here

Openlands Forestry Events + Volunteer Opportunities: