Founded in 1963 as a program of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, Openlands is one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only such group with a regional scope. Openlands has helped protect more than…
Construction Update at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve
Starting October 19, the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Beach will be temporarily closed for at least three weeks for a shoreline protection project. Two blufftop trails (one-half mile each) will remain open to pedestrians.
Support the Passage of the RENEW Conservation Corps
Find out more about the Conservation Corps, a federal initiative presented by Senator Dick Durbin that will make robust funding for conservation jobs available through future Coronavirus relief legislation.
Remove Invasive Plants with the Mettawa Cost Share
The health of Mettawa’s woodlands is so important that the U.S. Forest Service is now offering financial support to residents who want to hire qualified contractors for removal of buckthorn, honeysuckle and other invasive shrub and tree species.
Openlands Get Outside Map
Discover places and ways to enjoy nature in the region with the Get Outside Map! Use the interactive map and list to search 350 parks, preserves, and natural areas open to the public. Each site includes a list of benefits and activities, a link for directions through Google Maps, and links to event calendars and other information.