Nature matters in big cities — not just as a place to play or relax, but as a solution to some of our toughest environmental challenges. Roots and Routes is a collaborative effort between local non-profit organizations to inspire Chicago residents to take action for nature right in their own backyards.

Chicago residents on Saturday, May 10 – also International Migratory Bird Day – helped restore the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, a 2.2 mile stretch of protected habitat along Lake Shore Drive. The Corridor is an important stop-over area for roughly 300 species of birds. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to help maintain and improve this important habitat.

Roots and Routes brings together many themes including habitat restoration, community togetherness, environmental stewardship, youth involvement, and more. This celebratory event will also feature food, musical performances, children’s programs, and other activities to highlight the importance of caring for our lands.

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