Mettawa Open Lands AssociationMettawa Open Lands Association:
Promoting quality open space in and around Mettawa, Illinois.

ConeflowerMettawa is a small rural village in Lake County, Illinois. MOLA is a community organization which strives to maintain the rural use of land, and encourage the protection of our area’s beautiful public and private open lands. Our efforts include social and educational events, community workdays, and collaborations with the Village of Mettawa, local businesses, and other conservation organizations.

As a non-profit group, we welcome everyone! Please join us or donate today.

2018 Spring Social: Save Our Oaks

RSVP here
Sunday, April 8, 2018
3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Knauz Auto Museum
755 Rockland Road (Route 176), Lake Bluff, Illinois
Featured speaker: Lydia Scott of Morton Arboretum!


Get to know your neighbors, and enhance your understanding of our environment too! MOLA’s fun get-togethers are specifically designed for Mettawa residents and friends.

2015 MOLA Fall Social

A wine and cheese party held at Deerpath Farm on October 18th, 2015, featured a interesting discussion of the endangered blue spotted salamander by naturalist and landscape designer Cliff Miller.

2014 Fall Festival of Oaks
2014 Fall Festival of Oaks

Another wine and cheese party featured a brief presentation  by Andrea Dierich of The Morton Arboretum on the invasive Emerald Ash Borer and its impact.


Invasive teasel


Community volunteer workdays are a part of MOLA’s ongoing efforts to help protect the biological integrity and natural beauty of Mettawa’s open spaces.

Thank you to the volunteers who join us to help spread native seeds and fight invasive plants, such as buckthorn and teasel (left).



Conservation Award

Winner of the 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping AwardThe prestigious 2010 Conservation and Landscaping Award  from Chicago Wilderness and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was awarded to MOLA and our partners for a groundbreaking research project on invasive buckthorn at Whippoorwill Farm.

Encouraging Quality Open Space