Chicago Conservation Corps Leadership Training Orientation

Become a Chicago Conservation Corps Leader

The Chicago Conservation Corps is recruiting for its Spring 2020 Sustainability Leadership Training Series. Learn from community and environmental leaders about urban sustainability challenges and opportunities for change, then lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from the Nature Museum.

To participate in the training course, you must be an adult Chicago resident, attend an orientation, and submit an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr.) on Wednesdays, April 15 through June 3, 6:15-8:45pm. A $125 fee covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.


As a C3 Leader, you’ll receive unmatched training and support through the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and our partners. Participants attend a series of classes that explore big picture issues and local solutions, network with peers and sustainability thought-leaders, and practice community organizing skills that empower Chicagoans to make difference.

Conserve water, manage storm water, and improve water quality.
Be a steward of Chicago’s open spaces and learn about our urban ecology.
Recycle, reduce, reuse, and rethink the materials we use every day.
Use active transportation and increase energy efficiency to lessen impacts on climate.
Engage other people and groups in projects that bring out the best in your community.
Complete a community asset map, manage a budget, make a plan, and carry it out.

Community Impact

All C3 projects have a measurable environmental impact, educational components, and require that you lead a community-based team of peers in planning and completing the project. After training, C3 Leaders develop and implement their own projects with support and professional guidance from Nature Museum staff members and up to $250 in materials to complete their project. Past projects range from community-based campaigns and workshops to outdoor stewardship workdays.

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