Environmental Stewardship Photography

Documenting the environmental stewardship programs of local organizations, highlighting the communities that come together to make our world a better place.

Picking up litter with Friends of the Chicago River - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A volunteer poses during a cleanup event with Friends of the Chicago River.

Picking up litter with Friends of the Chicago River - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Voluteers during a cleanup event with Friends of the Chicago River.

Picking up litter with Friends of the Chicago River - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Cleaning up the Chicago River is hard work, something that Friends of the Chicago River have been doing for over 40 years. When the weather is better, Friends hosts regular cleanup events — bringing together like-minded volunteers to help with the effort.

Restoring native plant populations at Osterman Beach - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A volunteer participates in Osterman Beach Stewardship Days, planting native species along the coast of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois.

Restoring native plant populations at Osterman Beach - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

June Grass, before and after it was planted at Osterman Beach.

Restoring native plant populations at Osterman Beach - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Restoring native plant populations at Osterman Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Picking up litter with Sierra Club Chicago - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Alderman James Cappleman, center, speaks to volunteers during a cleanup event at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Picking up litter with Sierra Club Chicago - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A close-up view of plastic debris during a cleanup event at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Picking up litter with Sierra Club Chicago - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Volunteers pose during a cleanup event at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Picking up litter with Sierra Club Chicago - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A close-up view of microplastics at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Illinois.

Toxic Tour with LVEJO - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Karen Canales Salas, center, gives an educational talk about the urban redevelopment her neighborhood as seen. As an education coordinator for the nonprofit Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Salas regularly gives toxic tours of the redeveloped brownfield and superfund sites that are located in her neighborhood.

Lake Michigan Sunset - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Lake Michigan at sunset.

Pollinator - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A close-up photo of a bee covered in pollen.

Pollinator - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A ventral view of a female black swallowtail, enjoying the nectar from a common milkweed.

Labagh Woods - Environmental Stewardship Photography by Michael Courier Photography

A landscape photo from Labagh Woods in Chicago, Illinois.