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Department of Geosciences

Environmental Groups

The Department of Geosciences at Indiana University Northwest would like to highlight some of the local groups and organizations that are working to protect, preserve, and restore the natural environment of northwest Indiana and the region. If you would like to learn more about these organizations and their efforts, please click on the links below and you will be directed to their individual websites.

Openlands Project

Openlands Project - Founded in 1963, Openlands is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects, expands, and enhances public open space - both land and water - within the City of Chicago, the greater Chicago metropolitan area, and beyond, into counties across northeastern Illinois and across state lines in southeastern Wisconsin and northwestern Indiana, to provide a healthy natural environment and more livable place for people throughout the region.

Contact Information:

Valerie Rorison, Operations Manager
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 863-6258

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Alliance for the Great Lakes - We conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts to ensure a healthy Great Lakes for generations of people and wildlife.

Contact Information:

Stephanie Smith, Manager, Education Program
17 N State Street, Suite 1390
Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 939-0838

Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program

Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program - The purpose of the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program is to enhance the State's role in planning for and managing natural and cultural resources in the coastal region and to support partnerships between federal, state and local agencies and organizations. The Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program relies upon existing laws and programs as the basis for achieving its purpose.

Contact Information:

Mike Molnar, Program Manager
402 W Washington Street, Room W267
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2782

(317) 233-0132

Calumet Ecological Park Association

The Calumet Ecological Park Association - The mission of the Calumet Ecological Park Association (CEPA) is to preserve and enhance a variety of natural, cultural, and historical areas in the Calumet region for present and future generations.

Contact Information:

Judith A. Lihota, Secretary
12932 S Escanaba Avenue
Chicago, IL 60633

(773) 646-4733

Preserve the Dunes

Preserve the Dunes - To protect the sand dunes and adjacent duneland ecosystems in southwest Michigan from impairment and destruction by sand dune mining, overdevelopment and inappropriate use.

Contact Information:

Charles F. Davis, III, President
PO Box 581
Riverside, MI 49084

(269) 208-1711

The Sierra Club

The Sierra Club - To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.

Contact Information:

Douglas Chien, Conservation Field Rep.
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter 200 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 251-1680