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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.

Spring 2020 Leadership Training

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of the community, our visitors, volunteers, and staff, and to support city- and state-wide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the spring C3 Sustainability Leadership Training.

This is an unfortunate, but prudent and responsible way that we can address the outbreak of COVID-19. We hold the utmost respect for science-based decision making in public policy and we believe this is simply the most responsible course we can take.

We appreciate your understanding as we all navigate this situation, and we wish good health to your families.

We will start recruiting for the Fall 2020 Sustainability Leadership Training Series soon. 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, September 16 through November 4, 6:15-8:45pm. A $125 fee covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.

Please contact with 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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