Ecological Stewardship

Help us improve the health and diversity of our region's natural landscape.

Working together, three adults, two men and one woman, examine prairie plants together.

In the Chicago Region we are fortunate to have a network of more than 540,000 acres of protected natural lands and waters that are home to an impressive diversity of native plant and animal species. Yet in the urban environment, many of the natural processes that maintained these landscapes for centuries are out of balance. Ecological stewardship is the process of restoring this balance and improving the ecological health of our region’s natural areas for the people, plants, and animals that depend on them.

Volunteers collect seeds, remove invasive species, and learn about the plants and animals in local preserves. Join us as the Museum leads a volunteer stewardship day at Beaubien Woods, Forest Preserves of Cook County, on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to noon.

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