This section of CLC Resources provides information on the relationship of your private property native garden/habitat with the surrounding area ecosystem and the entire Chicago Region ecosystem.  Learn about stepping-stone corridors for fauna, green infrastructure, citizen science activities, volunteer stewardship opportunities, and the value of demonstration gardens.

  • Chicago Region Ecosystem – Introduction.  Included here is information about the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision, county and community green infrastructure plans, and additional Chicago Region ecosystem mapping and data resources.
  • Your property as part of the Chicago region ecosystem consisting of cores-hubs-corridors.  [In the future CLC will provide interactive mapping for this.]
  • Getting Involved   After creating native habitat on your property, consider also activities that help the entire Chicago Region ecosystem.  Included here are Citizen Science Activities, and public & private land restoration & maintenance — stewardship and volunteers welcome! 
  • Demonstration native habitats.  Public properties with native habitats (Field Museum, Peggy Notebaert Museum, local park, local library, etc.) help to promote creating native plant gardens and habitats on private property.
  • Coordinating  organizations.  There are a number of organizations promoting citizen participation in maintaining and improving the Chicago Region ecosystem.  The list includes: Rights -of-Way As Habitat, Chicago Wilderness, Field Museum, Peggy Notebaert, Morton Arboretum, and Chicago Botanic Gardens.
  • National groups that provide guidance include: National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, and Xerces Society.