Climate change is here. Nature-based solutions can help.

Openlands works across the Chicago metropolitan region to advance nature-based solutions to climate change, improve the health and well-being of communities, and create a more verdant region for all. Learn more about our work and how you can get involved to help make a more verdant, equitable region with Openlands.

Combating Climate Change

Nature-based solutions to climate change are cost-effective models that simultaneously provide environmental, societal, and economic benefits and help build climate resilience.

Protecting Land and Water

From establishing city parks to stewarding large-scale landscapes in McHenry, Will, and Boone counties, Openlands values the land and we work with partners across northeastern Illinois to protect open space permanently.

Growing the Tree Canopy

Openlands has planted more than 6,500 trees across the Chicago region since 2013 with support from a vast network of volunteers and community members. We are active stewards of our urban forest through our education, advocacy, and tree planting programs.

Educating Schools and Communities

From creating open green space on Chicago Public School campuses to facilitating community garden workshops to leading field trips in Lake, Will, or McHenry Counties, Openlands seeks to create daily opportunities for people to discover and explore nature in the hope of inspiring life-long environmental stewards.

Advocating for Policy Solutions

Openlands believes that it is vital to design transportation solutions with nature. Our roads, rail, transit and trails should support livable, walkable vibrant communities that preserve and enhance open space.