Make a difference for the lake you love! Join a Shedd Great Lakes Action Day to spend a day outdoors, cleaning local beaches, lakes and forest preserves. You’ll help animals from frogs to fishes and have fun doing it!
Protecting our Great Lakes and other local waters
Together, we all can take actions to protect the Great Lakes from the threats of pollution, invasive species and loss of wetland and shoreline habitats. Our team of policy experts works closely with elected officials and conservation partners to advocate for science-based solutions to our lakes' problems.
Our field biologists and other conservation experts recruit teams of citizen scientists—like you!—to assist with short- and long-term projects, from collecting and documenting beach litter to restoring coastal and wetlands habitats. These collaborations are improving our Great Lakes "neighborhood" for wildlife and people alike.
Get involved in a Great Lakes Action Day activity near you!
Community workdays and locations
for individuals and families
We hosts beach cleanups at sites along the Lake Michigan shoreline through the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ program. Volunteers work in teams, combing the beach for litter and recording data on their findings to support effective coastal management.
Habitat and wildlife monitoring
To measure the impact of our work on local wildlife, participants can strap on waders to assess water quality in local streams and monitor threatened and endangered plant species.
Invasive plant removal
Make a positive difference for local wildlife, from frogs to migratory birds, by taking action to prevent the spread of harmful ecological invaders. Participants will learn about natural habitats near Chicago as well as the impact of invasive plant and animal species.
Amphibian habitat restoration
Blue-spotted salamanders and chorus frogs are among the native amphibians in our local woodlands and wetlands. We work with the Forest Preserves of Cook County to restore local amphibian habitats, a project that combines land-management expertise with a deep knowledge of amphibians' needs.
Age and Requirements
All ages. Individuals, families and groups up to 100 people can be accommodated.
What to Bring
Reusable water bottles, snacks and sunscreen, and weather-appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes
- Beach cleanup
- Habitat and wildlife monitoring
- Invasive plant removal
- Habitat restoration
What to Know
• All events are weather-dependent.
• Transportation is available for select school and youth groups.
• Participant waivers are required.
Corporate group GLAD opportunities are reserved for current corporate partners. Email to learn more.