Birds in My Neighborhood

Since 2013, Birds in My Neighborhood® has helped more than 8,000 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 and Illinois Department of Resources at Volo Bog, this classroom-based and volunteer-driven program is offered to schools in the City of Chicago, McHenry County, and Lake County, Illinois.

“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

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

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Volunteer with Birds in My Neighborhood

Birds in My Neighborhood relies on volunteers to assist our in-school programs to thrive. You only need to be comfortable volunteering around kids, enjoy spending time outside, and be willing to help students learn. The commitment is minimal but certainly rewarding.