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. Learn more about Budburst.

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.

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.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International—BGCI

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has worked on a global scale since 1987 to make the collective actions of botanic gardens more powerful than their sum. Achieving this synergy requires creating tools and sharing best practices to help botanic gardens around the world foster an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of plants for their more than 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 Forest Preserves of Cook County has a plan for the next century.

Plant Conservation Alliance

The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA) is a consortium of ten federal government member agencies and more than 290 nonfederal "cooperators" representing various disciplines within the conservation field: biologists, botanists, habitat preservationists, horticulturists, resources management consultants, soil scientists, special interest clubs, nonprofit 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.