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I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority
Mission: Development of the historic, recreational, and economic potential of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.

Illinois Association of Park Districts
Mission: The Illinois Association of Park Districts is a nonprofit service, research and education organization that serves park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies. The association advances the...

Illinois Audubon Society
Mission: Our mission is “to promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native flora and fauna of Illinois and the habitats that support them.” Fundamental to this end are the control of pollution, the conservation of energy and all natural resources, a sound eco...

Illinois Audubon Society—Fort Dearborn Chapter
Mission: To study all aspects of bird life including identification and conservation issues. Pursue activities of other natural phenomena, such as plants, butterflies and mammals as they contribute to biodiversity.

Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network
Mission: The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network engages citizen scientists in the process of collecting quantitative data on butterfly populations. Our goal is to provide data collected with a standardized protocol that allows land managers to evaluate long-ter...
Volunteer Opportunities

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Mission: To manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources for present...

Illinois Environmental Council
Mission: Promoting environmental quality and protecting the land, air, water, wildlife, and human health of our state.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Mission: The mission of the Illinois EPA is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life. Illinois EPA works to safeguard the state’s natural r...

Illinois Native Plant Society
Mission: Dedicated to the study, appreciation, and conservation of the native flora and natural communities of Illinois.

Illinois Odonate Survey
Mission: Through this project we hope to be able to gain a greater knowledge of the distribution and abundance of dragonfly and damselfly species in the Chicago region and eventually to expand the network across Illinois and beyond.
Volunteer Opportunities

Illinois Paddling Council
Mission: The Illinois Paddling Council is dedicated to promoting the safe enjoyment of all phases of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois, to assure access to the state's waters and to protect and preserve the natural resources within the state. The Illinois Pad...

Illinois Park & Recreation Association
Mission: Our mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities.

Illinois Recycling Association
Mission: The Illinois Recycling Association’s mission is to encourage the responsible use of resources by promoting Waste Reduction, Re-Use, and Recycling. The IRA strives to: - Provide educational leadership through forums, programs, and materials for the exc...

Illinois RiverWatch Network
Mission: Illinois RiverWatch safeguards the future of Illinois rivers and streams through stewardship, education, and sound science. RiverWatch utilizes trained volunteers to collect quality assured data on wadeable streams and fosters coordination among groups in...

Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
Mission: To protect the public welfare, advance the profession of soil classifying, and promote the wise utilization and conservation of the soil resources of Illinois.

Illinois Solar Energy Association
Mission: Our mission is to educate and advocate for the widespread application of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy technologies to the people of Illinois.

Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute
Mission: Our Mission: To provide the citizens and institutions of Illinois with earth science research and information that are accurate, objective, and relevant to our State's environmental quality, economic prosperity, and public safety. Our Vision: To build ...

Illinois Walnut Council
Mission: Council Objectives - To advance cultural practices and help transfer science and technology from the laboratory to actual field practice. - To encourage good forest management and sustainability of existing timber. - To encourage new plantings of walnu...

Illinois Water Environment Association
Mission: To enhance and protect the Illinois water environment through education and collaboration.

Illinois–Indiana Sea Grant
Mission: These are trying times for the environment. With climate change upon us, as well as a host of other concerns, such as population growth, aquatic invasive species, contaminated waters, and loss of natural habitat, the southern Lake Michigan region faces ma...
Jobs & Internships

Indiana Department of Natural Resources / Division of Nature Preserves
Mission: The mission of the Division of Nature Preserves is to identify, protect and manage an array of nature preserves and natural areas in sufficient numbers and sufficient sizes to maintain viable examples of all of Indiana's natural communities. Nature Preser...

Indiana Department of Natural Resources / Lake Michigan Coastal Program
Mission: The Lake Michigan Coastal Program (LMCP) supports coordination and partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies and local organizations for the protection and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources in the Lake Michigan region. Through ...

Indiana Dunes National Park
Mission: To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therin and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
Volunteer Opportunities

International Crane Foundation
Mission: The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. We provide knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse lan...

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
Mission: Irons Oaks is dedicated to enhancing social and natural communities through education services and projects, professional development opportunities, and community building initiatives.

Izaak Walton League of America
Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

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