Wild Things Community


We are the Wild Things community: collaborative, optimistic, effective. Recognized as one of the nation’s largest networks of people engaged with nature, we enjoy and protect Chicago area wildlands and wildlife.

We are stewards, monitors, advocates, educators, Chicago Wilderness members, volunteers, and staff, all working together to promote and protect the prairies, woodlands, wetlands, wild yards, and natural parks of northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin.

We come together in person every two years at the Wild Things conference…and in between, this website celebrates the week-in, week-out experiences of the community as we seek to investigate, enjoy, and protect local nature.

Are you one of us? Please let us know what exciting things you’re seeing, thinking, and doing. Photos, sightings, announcements, and ideas are welcome.