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Become An Openlander

Donate to make a difference. Build the region’s climate resiliency. Introduce children to the joys of nature. Create urban green spaces. Preserve rare ecosystems.

As an Openlander, you provide essential unrestricted support, enabling us to ensure the protection of open, natural spaces close to where people live in the greater Chicago region. Your support at any level allows Openlands to continue connecting people to nature. Below are some examples that represent the impact of your generosity. Donors at the $1,500 level and above are members of the Openlands Leadership Circle and will be invited to join us annually at exclusive events.

$50: Support The Get Outside Map

Help keep the Get Outside Map free for all to use and discover the natural treasures of our region.

$100: Train A TreeKeeper

Contribute to the cost of training a volunteer TreeKeeper who prunes, mulches and maintains neighborhood trees.

$250: Spread Native Plants

Support the acquisition of seeds and plants to restore native prairie that provides habitat for endangered or threatened species.

$500: Support School Gardens

Help provide supplies for school garden workshops.

$1,500: Connect Children With Nature

Your support at the Naturalist level introduces students to bird watching as a way to enjoy nature close to home by supporting Birds in My Neighborhood.

$3,000: Grow The Urban Forest

Your support at the Arborist level contributes to planting and caring for trees in communities with low tree canopy.

$5,000: Tackle Climate Change

Your support at the Climatologist level educates students about climate change by supporting curriculum workshops for teachers.

$10,000: Protect The Lakeshore

Your support at the Ecologist level helps protect the shoreline and the rare ravines of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Lake County from erosion.

$25,000: Build A Wildlife Refuge

Your support at the Conservationist level helps contribute to the purchase of land to help make the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge a reality.