The mission of the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to: BGCI is an international organization that exists to ensure the world-wide conservation of threatened plants, the continued existence of which are intrinsically linked to global issues including poverty, human well-being and climate change.The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the Brookfield Zoo, is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Ryerson Woods is an oasis of 556 acres of magnificent woodlands in the heart of densely populated Lake County. Friends of Ryerson Woods uses the unique setting of Ryerson Woods to catalyze people's understanding, life-long appreciation, and behavior in support of nature.The Center for Humans and Nature partners with some of the brightest minds to explore humans and nature relationships. We bring together philosophers, biologists, ecologists, lawyers, artists, political scientists, anthropologists, poets and economists, among others, to think creatively about how people can make better decisions — in relationship with each other and the rest of nature.The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world.  One of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 24 distinct display gardens and four natural areas. With events, programs and activities for all ages, the Garden is open every day of the year. Managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society, it offers a wide array of award-winning community, conservation, gardening and educational programs, a few of which include plant conservation research, children’s programs, horticultural therapy, community gardening programs and Windy City Harvest, an organic vegetable and plant production enterprise that provides instruction in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture.The Illinois State Beekeepers Association (ISBA)is your source for information on Honey Bees, Honey, Stinging Insects, Products of the Hive, Swarms, and Beekeeping in Illinois for both beginners and veterans. Illinois State Beekeepers Association was organized in 1891. Over the years the ISBA has developed a strong working relationship with local beekeeping associations throughout the state and with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the ISBA is to promote interest in Honey Bees and Beekeeping by encouraging good beekeeping practices in Illinois, the utilization of Honey Bees for the pollination of agricultural crops and the dissemination of information about Honey Bees and beekeeping. The Mission of Make It Better is to be the community network that helps North Shore women make our lives and the lives of others better. We do this by creating the most trusted and easiest to use resource online, in print and in person to find and share information and connect with the remarkable people, businesses and nonprofits in our community.Morton-Arboretum-logoNEEF-EcoMythspartnerThe Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 to give scientists and nature aficionados a place to study and share the specimens they collected. Today, the Academy's public-facing institution, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, boasts a national and international reputation for its leadership in conservation, its collection and citizen science. The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages. The Wetlands Initiative envisions the Illinois River Valley and other Midwest floodplain areas as ecological and economic models for wetland restoration nationwide.