The Chicago STEW-MAP project is collecting information about groups and organizations that do unpaid environmental stewardship work in the four-state Chicago Wilderness region.


Smaller Stewardship Areas


Medium Stewardship Areas


Larger Stewardship Areas


All Stewardship Areas

“Characteristics of Stewardship in the Chicago Wilderness Region”

A new publication now available in the journal Cites and the Environment. View PDF »

  • Why should my organization participate?

    By participating in STEW-MAP, you can find others doing work like yours, or that you can partner with. Help those groups find you by posting your group’s website and contact info on the stewardship map for potential volunteers, funders, and other stewards to see. STEW-MAP participants in other cities have been successful using STEW-Map this way. By participating in STEW-MAP you also ensure that, not only do you get credit for your efforts, but the impact of your stewardship work is taken into account when different groups and organizations look at the overall ecological health of the region— and you may learn of new ways that you can contribute to that health.

  • Put your organization on the map!

    You can still put your group on the map and participate in the research by filling out the online STEW-MAP survey. Get started by clicking on the big blue button below that says “Start a new survey.” Or contact Adam Moore from The Field Museum, at (312) 665-7428 or amoore@fieldmuseum.org.

  • Preliminary report (data from Nov. 2010 to 2011)
  • Explore the map of the preliminary data.

    Click on the map to explore the stewardship territory maps and database based on information from environmental stewards that have already filled out the survey.

  • Update data you already submitted.

    If you have filled out the survey in the past, you can update your group’s information by entering your email in the box below, and clicking “Continue.”


STEW-MAP uses a broad definition of stewardship: conserving, managing, caring for, monitoring, advocating for, and educating the public about local environments. Using this definition, “stewardship” may include restoring a prairie, advocating against toxics, promoting recycling, gardening in a schoolyard, cleaning up a vacant lot, or many other kinds of activities. If you do any of these things or more, we hope that you will tell us about it in STEW-MAP.

Thank you for participating! Need help, have a question? Contact stewmap@cnt.org.