Accessible and efficient, local waterside clean-ups create tangible, immediate impact that bring the whole team into the fold for a period of intense but rewarding work. The Friends of the Chicago River, while most known for their annual Chicago River Day clean-up, hosts a variety of other programs to ensure constant maintenance of the river’s health.
Running as part of charity programs is a great way to appreciate the outdoors while contributing to intimate and impactful causes. Whether it’s a 5K or a full marathon, there are many different organizations eager for active individuals and teams to help make a difference. Find a race near you here.
Brighten up a piece of your neighborhood by registering to create and grow a community garden, which can be a wonderful and sustainable commitment to showcase to your local area. Consider using native plants to preserve the integrity of local wildlife. If you’re stuck on where to begin, the Chicago Community Gardeners Association always has new opportunities to get involved.
The amenities that come with a house surpass far more than just the physical -- having a stable home and the chance at affordable housing plays a critical role in strengthening community bonds. Habitat for Humanity has a plethora of outdoor opportunities in many locations across the country to do meaningful and fulfilling work.
It’s hard to imagine a more unique opportunity to engage with the outdoors than to play a fundamental role in preserving the biodiversity of your local neighborhood and community. The Lincoln Park Conservancy provides various experiences surveying and collecting data on frogs, bees, butterflies, and dragonflies in Lincoln Park and beyond.