First Nations Community Garden
The mission of the First Nations Community Garden is to provide a healing space for the Intertribal Native Community of Chicago, to promote public knowledge and appreciation of Chicago’s Indigenous landscape, native plants, gardens and the environment.
Our Shared vision is to create a preeminent cultural and educational hub within the Albany Park Neighborhood.
Learn About Our Additional Outdoor Classrooms
Angie Decorah Medicinal Garden
For millennia Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have relied on various species of plants for food, medicine, industry and ceremonial life. As in the past, many members of the American Indian Community of Chicago still utilize these plants and traditions today.
Angie Decorah was a founding member of the American Indian Center of Chicago and dedicated herself to the betterment of the American Indian Community. Angie encouraged generations of “Urban Indians” to reclaim our traditional medicines here in Chicago and was a main inspiration of the Medicinal Garden at the AIC’s long time home 1630 W. Wilson. She encouraged many to reconnect with the ancestral teachings of the land and that seed continues to grow within our community and within the work of the Education Department.
Dunning Read Conservation Area (DRCA)
DRCA is a 25-acre conservation easement located on the campus of the Chicago Read Mental Health facility where the AIC maintains a wet meadow restoration area, helps facilitate edible plant harvesting, control invasive plant species, and monitors wildlife within and outside of the conservation area.
In 2013, AIC staff and community worked on restoration through phytoremediation (using plants to clean soil, water and air) and traditional land management practices such as prairie burning and seed spreading. The AIC manages around 2.5 acres of land at the site and utilizes the area as an outdoor classroom site for our Indigenous Science Days.