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Chicago Conservation Corps


Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers

You care. Do something. We’ll help.

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) empowers Chicagoans to complete neighborhood sustainability and environmental projects that impact and engage communities across the city.

Join Us

We are C3 Leaders: activists, environmentalists, community organizers, naturalists, volunteers, and professionals starting a movement. We believe that through grassroots sustainability initiatives we can improve the quality of life for all Chicagoans—and spark a lasting change.


As a C3 Leader, you’ll receive unmatched training and support through the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and our partners. Participants attend a series of classes that explore big picture issues and local solutions, network with peers and sustainability thought-leaders, and practice community organizing skills that empower Chicagoans to make difference.

    Conserve water, manage storm water, and improve water quality.
    Be a steward of Chicago’s open spaces and learn about our urban ecology.
    Recycle, reduce, reuse, and rethink the materials we use every day.
    Use active transportation and increase energy efficiency to lessen impacts on climate.
    Engage other people and groups in projects that bring out the best in your community.
    Complete a community asset map, manage a budget, make a plan, and carry it out.

Community Impact

All C3 projects have a measurable environmental impact, educational components, and require that you lead a community-based team of peers in planning and completing the project. After training, C3 Leaders develop and implement their own projects with support and professional guidance from Nature Museum staff members and up to $250 in materials to complete their project. Past projects range from community-based campaigns and workshops to outdoor stewardship workdays.

Ready to do Something?

Spring 2018 Sustainability Leadership Training Series

The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2018 Sustainability Leadership Training Series. Learn from community and environmental leaders about urban sustainability challenges and opportunities for change, then lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from the Nature Museum.

To participate in the training course, you must be an adult Chicago resident, attend an orientation, and submit an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr.) on Wednesdays, April 11 – May 30, 6:15pm to 8:45pm. A $125 fee covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.

Attend one of the orientations listed below to learn more; click the button below or call 773-755-5100 x5039 to reserve a space.

  • March 19, Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab, 4445 S. King Dr., 6-7pm
  • March 20, Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 6-7pm
  • March 21, Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., 6-7pm
  • March 22, Environmental Law and Policy Center, 35 E. Upper Wacker Dr., #1600, noon-1pm

Register for an Orientation

You can also get involved by clicking here and signing up for our Volunteer Opportunities newsletter.

Please contact with further questions.

This project is sponsored by a generous grant from ArcelorMittal.


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