Restore Habitat:

Thousands of volunteers in the Chicago Wilderness region dedicate a small or large portion of their free time to shepherding our most treasured natural areas back to good health:

  • They remove invasive trees and brush;
  • They collect and plant native seeds;
  • They conduct controlled burns;
  • And much more.

These are the actions that will restore health to our native ecosystems. If you want to "act locally," this is a really fun way to do it.

Watch this video about stewardship at the Bartel Grassland represents the spirit of the work done by volunteers throughout the region.

Contact the volunteer stewardship group nearest you to get involved.

Some Larger Projects:

  • Bartel Grassland - A 600-acre preserve in Matteson where 375 acres are being restored to native prairie by a coalition of citizens and professionals.
  • Citizens for Conservation - a volunteer group that buys and restores hundreds of acres in the Barrington Area.
  • North Branch Restoration Project - works both Saturday and Sunday most weekends year round to restore sites in Chicago, Morton Grove, Glenview and Northbrook.
  • Openlands Lakeshore Preserve - a stewardship project of Lake Cook Audubon under the direction of Openlands.
  • Orland Grassland - A 960-acre preserve in Orland Park is being restored to prairie, shrubland and oak savanna by a coalition of citizens and professionals.
  • Palos Restoration Project - restoring woodlands, savannas and wetlands in the 14,000-acre Palos Preserves south of Willow Spring.
  • Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards - restoring 600 acres of prairie and woodland in Hoffman Estates.
  • Spring Creek Preserves - restoring 3910 acres of prairie, woodland and wetland in Barrington Hills.

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