About Openlands

Following years of successful collaboration with each other that benefited Lake County, the local conservation organization Conserve Lake County has merged into Openlands, a regional organization that is nationally recognized as a land conservation leader and defender of nature in the region since 1963.

Founded in 1963 as a program of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, Openlands is one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation and the only such group with a regional scope in the greater Chicago region. Openlands has helped protect more than 55,000 acres of land for public parks and forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, urban farms, and community gardens.

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