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Who We Are

Green Community Connections provides a place to tap into conversations about sustainability issues and to identify concrete steps you can take. We believe change is both necessary and possible and the best way to get there is together. Learn more About Us.

Boost the Ecological Power of Your Yard with Native Trees & Shrubs

Photo courtesy of Rodney Campbell/flickr.

Last 2 Days to Order native trees a shrubs!  Browse the Wild Ones Shopify site to find trees, shrubs and flowers that create beauty for you and much needed habitat for wildlife. 


Fall is an ideal time to plant because our long Midwest winter gives plants lots of time to build roots before bursting into bloom in the spring. Plus, it’s more pleasant to dig in cool weather, right?


Pre-ordering ends Sept 18 at 6pm.  Your order will be available for pick up on Sept 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park.  

Just added:  Good Earth Greenhouse and Wild Ones will be at the pick-up site on September 24th with a variety of native grasses and flowers for sale.

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Monarch Migration Events



In the fall, Monarch butterflies migrate much like birds, flying 1,000 to 3,000 miles from states such as Illinois to the Oyamel Fir Forests of Central Mexico. Their spring and fall migration is considered a phenomenon of nature because they travel farther than all tropical butterflies.

Three upcoming local events will teach more about these regal insects and offer us ways to help them.

Migrating Monarchs Celebration: noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. This is a family event with activities, crafts, and displays to trace the Monarch migration route. West Cook Wild Ones will be there to teach families how to help these pollinators thrive. This is a free, drop-in event.

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Immediate Opening for Development Coordinator



The Development Coordinator will be responsible for leading a comprehensive program to identify, cultivate, and solicit funds to support Green Community Connections (GCC) programs with a primary emphasis on the One Earth Film Festival. This leadership position is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to achieve annual fundraising goals and develop relationships with donors and prospects.

As a member of the Core leadership team, s/he will work closely with the Film Fest Director and GCC Board of Directors. S/he will also work with team leaders and fund-raising volunteers (including recruitment of 1-2 key fundraising volunteers) to increase support.

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Town Hall Meeting on Moving Toward Clean Energy



Wondering how to make your home and neighborhood more energy-efficient? Interested in getting solar and other clean energy projects off the ground, or in getting jobs in the industry?

You are invited to an informal town hall meeting about local and state clean energy initiatives and how they are translating into jobs in energy and sustainability. You will hear the latest from your elected officials and speakers from environmental groups advocating for clean energy. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to exchange ideas and opinions with the experts.

Date: Thursday August 25,  6:30 pm
Place: Big Hurt Brewhouse, 6801 W Cermak Rd., Berwyn
(corner of Oak Park Ave. and Cermak).
*Appetizers and soft drinks furnished courtesy of the Sierra Club.
Additional menu items available for purchase.
·         State Representative Lisa Hernandez and other elected officials
·         Seven Generations Ahead, Sierra Club and other local environmental groups

Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Order native trees and shrubs at this link: https://wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com/
For more information about the sale, go to: http://www.greencommunityconnections.org/native-shrub-tree-sale/

Caterpillar and Viceroy Butterfly. Photo by Jodi Taylor.



Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors from the One Earth Film Festival.


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