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Cabin Nature Center
Mission: To serve the community as a natural science and cultural interpretive center.

Calumet Ecological Park Association
Mission: The mission of the Calumet Ecological Park Association (CEPA) is to preserve and enhance a variety of natural, cultural, and historical areas in the Calumet region for present and future generations. The Calumet region is Northwest Indiana and Southeast C...

Calumet Environmental Resource Center
Mission: To provide a unique resource library referral network and meeting place where local community residents, government officials, nonprofit environmental organizations and others can learn about and respond to pressing environmental issues in the Calumet reg...

Campton Township Open Space
Mission: The mission of this Open Space Plan is to preserve and protect the semi-rural character of Campton Township. To that end, this Plan describes an Open Space Program to acquire open land for passive and active recreational purposes and for the protection of...

Cantigny Park
Mission: Cantigny Park’s mission statement is in development. The McCormick Foundation’s is: Fostering Communities of Educated, Informed and Engaged Citizens.

Caretakers of the Environment International/USA
Mission: CEI (Caretakers of the Environment International) is an international organization that focuses on raising awareness of environmental problems by empowering youth with the knowledge of these problems. Students develop environmental projects in teams, and ...

Center for Instruction, Staff Development, & Evaluation (The)
Mission: Develop instructional materials in science and environmental education, provide teacher training/staff development and evaluation services.

Center for Neighborhood Technology
Mission: To invent and implement new tools and methods that create livable urban communities for everyone.

Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Mission: The Chicago Academy of Science and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment.
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Chicago Audubon Society
Mission: Chicago Audubon Society connects people with birds and nature through educational programming, field trips, advocacy, stewardship and research.

Chicago Botanic Garden
Mission: The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is “We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.” With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, the Garden is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for ...

Chicago Conservation Corps
Mission: The mission of the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) is to recruit, train and support a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects that protect our water, cl...

Chicago Council on Science and Technology (The)
Mission: C2ST will be an advocate for regional science policy, and among the nation’s leading source of information on policy issues of science and technology.

Chicago Gateway Green
Mission: Chicago Gateway Green is dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressways, gateways, and neighborhoods.

Chicago Green Theatre Alliance
Mission: The Chicago Green Theatre Alliance encourages, educates, and motivates theatres to work together to adopt more environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their organizations.

Chicago Herpetological Society
Mission: The purpose of the Society shall be: (1.) To enhance the education of the members and the general public through the programs of the society; (2.) To promote the conservation of all wildlife in general and of herpetofauna in particular, whenever and where...

Chicago Living Corridors
Mission: Chicago Living Corridors promotes the idea that private landowners can be vectors for change by restoring wildlife habitat on their land and creating habitat corridors between protected conservation areas in order to reverse diminishing biodiversity, the ...

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Mission: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners developed and are now implementing ON TO 2050, a new long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of nor...

Chicago Ornithological Society
Mission: To serve the needs of birdwatchers of all levels. COS designs its programs, field trips, and identification workshops to appeal to and educate a broad spectrum of birders. The conservation of birds is of special concern to COS.

Chicago Park District
Mission: The mission of the Chicago Park District is to: - Enhance the quality of life in Chicago by becoming the leading provider of recreation and leisure opportunities - Provide safe, inviting and beautifully maintained parks and facilities - Create a custom...
Volunteer Opportunities

Chicago Recycling Coalition
Mission: The Chicago Recycling Coalition champions environmentally and fiscally sound management of solid waste through research, education, and advocacy, emphasizing waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and buying recycled. We work to serve the commu...

Chicago Region Interpreters
Mission: Interpretation is a special form of communication that melds knowledge with feelings in order to touch the hearts and minds of people.

Chicago Wilderness
Mission: Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance of more than 250 organizations working together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend.

Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action (The)
Mission: The Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action, CYACA, was founded in 2015 to educate, engage, and empower young people across the Chicagoland area to take action on climate issues which will affect our generation for years to come.

Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Mission: The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund, Inc.
Mission: To acquire, restore, preserve, and manage prairie lands which include rare, endangered and threatened species, lands with natural diversity and viable ecological communities as well as to promote the conservation education of its members and the general p...
Volunteer Opportunities

Citizens for Conservation
Mission: Saving living space for living things through protection, restoration, and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources and education.
Volunteer Opportunities

Citizens Utility Board
Mission: CUB's mission is to promote the health, welfare and prosperity of all the citizens of this State by ensuring effective and democratic representation of utility consumers. Such purpose shall be deemed a statewide interest and not a private or special conce...
Volunteer Opportunities

City of Chicago
Mission: Chicago City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection. A Committee of the Chicago City Council chaired by Ald. George Cardenas of the 12th ward. Ald. George Cardenas Office: 3476 S. Archer Chicago, IL 60608 (773)523-8250

Conservation Foundation (The)
Mission: We improve the health of our communities by preserving and restoring natural areas and open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of our environment.

Conservation Fund (The)
Mission: The Conservation Fund forges partnerships to protect America's legacy of land and water resources. Through land acquisition, sustainable programs, and leadership training, the Fund and its partners demonstrate effective conservation solutions emphasizing ...

Conservation Research Institute
Mission: Conservation Research Institute is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to furthering applied research and educational opportunities in planning, design, installation, restoration, and long-term management of sustainable ecological systems in built...

Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability
Mission: The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability works to improve the quality of the environment for all residents of Cook County.

Cosley Zoo
Mission: To create connections between people and animals that will inspire lifelong conservation of the natural world.
Volunteer Opportunities

Crabtree Nature Center
Mission: Environmental education and appreciation-ecology is the underlying theme. Relationships between plants, animals and their environment are stressed. Emphasis is on the native oak-hickory forest and the prairie communities.

Crystal Lake Park District
Mission: A commitment to provide a safe leisure environment along with quality programs, parks, facilities and services, and to preserve and protect open land and water areas, that will benefit and improve the quality of life for our residents.

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