In the 20th Century, we preserved the land. In the 21st, let’s restore it.

Laurel Ross


Former Director of Urban Conservation, Field Museum

Laurel Ross has served in numerous leadership positions within the conservation community of Chicago, demonstrating a tremendous commitment to conserving the native environment of Illinois. Laurel was the director of Urban Conservation for the Field Museum from 2004 to 2014. In this role, she developed and oversaw programs that connected people to nature through environmental education, habitat restoration and collaboration between related environmental and cultural organizations. She has also served as chair of Chicago Wilderness, director of Conservation Programs for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and director of the North Park Village Nature Center. Laurel has many years of experience as a committed volunteer and leader in environmental stewardship through the Volunteer Stewardship Network of Illinois.