Partners and Programs

Project Budburst

Project BudBurst is a nationwide initiative that uses citizen scientist observers to track climate change by recording the leafing and flowering of flora across the United States.

Plants of Concern

This Garden program engages citizen scientists to monitor the Chicago Wilderness region’s rarest plants, assess trends in their populations, and provide important data used to conserve our rapidly declining floral heritage.

Seeds of Success

This Garden program collects, conserves, and develops native plant materials for stabilizing, rehabilitating, and restoring lands in the United States.

Science Collections

Searchable database of our science collections. Each of our three collections is curated by a Garden scientist whose role is to research, document, preserve, and manage both the physical objects in the collection as well as the digital data associated with each.
 

Chicago Wilderness

The Garden’s partner, Chicago Wilderness, is an alliance of organizations that champions biodiversity and its contribution to the quality of life in the urban, suburban, and rural areas of the Chicago Metropolitan region.

BGCI

BGCI has worked on a global scale since 1987 to make the collective actions of botanic gardens more powerful than their sum. This includes creating tools and sharing best practices to help botanic gardens around the world foster an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of plants to their over 200 million visitors every year. BGCI also works to help botanic gardens conserve threatened plants in the wild while researching and conserving them on their grounds as a global insurance policy against extinction.

Next Century Conservation Plan

The long-term plan for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

EcoMyths Chicago

Plant Conservation Alliance

The PCA is a consortium of ten federal government Member agencies and over 290 non-federal Cooperators representing various disciplines within the conservation field: biologists, botanists, habitat preservationists, horticulturists, resources management consultants, soil scientists, special interest clubs, non-profit organizations, concerned citizens, nature lovers, and gardeners. PCA Members and Cooperators work collectively to solve the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration, ensuring the preservation of our ecosystem.

Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership

The Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) is a cooperative weed management area (CWMA), a regional organization that brings together all interested landowners, land managers (private, city, county, state, and federal), non-profits, private entities, industry, special districts, and the public in the defined geographic boundaries of the Chicago Wilderness region for the purpose of coordinating and combining their resources, expertise, and activities for more efficient and effective management of invasive plant species across jurisdictional boundaries.