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Chicago Conservation Corps

  • Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers taking part in a sustainability/conservation community project
  • Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers taking part in a sustainability/conservation community project
  • Chicago Conservation Corps volunteers taking part in a sustainability/conservation community project

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 2017 Sustainability Leadership Training Series

The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2017 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 Thursdays, April 27 – June 15, 6:15-8:45 pm.  A $125 fee covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.

Attend an orientation to learn more; click the button below to reserve a space.

  • Tuesday, April 18, noon to 1 pm, Alliance for the Great Lakes, 150 N. Michigan Ave., #700
  • Wednesday, April 19, 6 to 7 pm, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park
  • Thursday, April 20, 6 to 7 pm, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr.
  • Friday, April 21, 6 to 7 pm, The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St.
Spring 2017 Orientation Registration Form

Please contact with further questions.

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This project was sponsored by NobleCause, made possible by an anonymous donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful, measurable acts of goodness.

This project was also sponsored in part by ArcelorMittal.



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