Who are C3 Leaders?

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) empowers Chicagoans to complete neighborhood sustainability and environmental projects that impact and engage communities across the city.

Join Us

We are C3 Leaders: activists, environmentalists, community organizers, naturalists, volunteers, and professionals starting a movement. We believe that through grassroots sustainability initiatives we can improve the quality of life for all Chicagoans and spark a lasting change.


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.

By the Numbers

As of November 2016 we have trained 674 C3 Leaders who along with their team members have:

  • completed 652 projects
  • engaged 87,881 community members in sustainability initiatives
  • contributed 60,944 service hours in their projects

Ready to do Something?

A training fee of $125.00 covers the eight-class course, project support and materials. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Learn more about upcoming orientations and training series by visiting the C3 page on the Nature Museum website. It will be updated as training and orientation dates become available.

This project is sponsored in part by ArcelorMittal.


Questions? Contact Kristen Pratt.