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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.

Fall 2020 Leadership Training

Please note, this fall's orientations and training will take place online.

The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Fall 2020 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 fall course will be held online and will meet twice a week. The presentation part of the class will be on Mondays, September 14 - November 2 from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Participants will also be required to attend one of four hour-long C3 staff-led discussion groups meeting Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. A $125 fee covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.

Attend an orientation to learn more; click the button below or call 773-755-5100 x5277 to reserve a space.

  • Monday, August 24, 6-7pm
  • Tuesday, August 25, 6-7pm
  • Wednesday, August 26, noon-1pm
  • Thursday, August 27, 5-6pm

C3 Fall 2020 Orientations

Please contact c3@naturemuseum.orgwith further questions. Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter.

This project is sponsored by a generous grant from ArcelorMittal.


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