MOLA

Mettawa Open Lands AssociationMettawa Open Lands Association
WE ENCOURAGE & PROTECT QUALITY OPEN SPACE

ConeflowerMOLA is a community organization which strives to maintain the rural use of land in and around Mettawa,  a small village in Lake County, Illinois. We 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.

MOLA will help you SAVE THE OAKS.

CONTACT US TODAY! We will help you preserve your valuable Oak trees and extend their life by saving them from invasive threats. Visit this page to learn more.

Workdays + Social Events + Education

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.

2019 Spring Prairie Seed Planting

Saturday morning, April 27, 2019
Whippoorwill Farm

We are grateful for special donations from Drew Johnson, Pam Sheldon and Integrated Lakes ManagementWe thank all attendees for their efforts, and Mother Nature too for delaying the last snowfall of winter until after we finished.

2018 Spring Social: Save Our Oaks

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Knauz Auto Museum, Lake Bluff, Illinois
Featured speaker: Lydia Scott of Morton Arboretum!

Past Events

MOLA Fall Social

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

2014 Fall Festival of Oaks
MOLA 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.

About MOLA Workdays

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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).

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Conservation Award

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

Encouraging Quality Open Space