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Honoring Black History Month

Throughout February, the Forest Preserves honored Black History Month with a series of social media posts highlighting influential African Americans in environmentalism, conservation or recreation, as well as partner organizations and programs connecting African American and other communities of color to nature.   Check out the posts below to learn more...

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Women in Nature: Honoring Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we had three conversations with women who are advocates for nature and connected to the Forest Preserves to learn more about their inspiration, path and what advice they’d give to others.  

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Conservation@Home Program Expands to School Gardens

Just two years since launching the Cook County Conservation@Home program, the Forest Preserves of Cook County and University of Illinois Extension have over 80 members who have certified home gardens or are working on certification. Conservation@Home gardens provide critical habitat for birds, insects and other wildlife. Now, the program is expanding to encourage schools to adopt environmentally friendly practices, as well.

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Conservation Corps Programs Recognized with National, Regional Awards

Conservation Corps was recognized recently with three national and regional awards celebrating this innovative and important program.   Through strong partnerships with Friends of the Forest Preserves, Housing Authority of Cook County, Student Conservation Association, Greencorps Chicago, Audubon Great Lakes and Forest Preserve Foundation, Conservation Corps mobilizes youth and adults to help restore public lands. Conservation Corps is an essential program for the Forest Preserves, and aims to reconnect people and nature, diversify the Forest Preserves’ workforce and engage people of all backgrounds in conservation careers.

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March 2019 Volunteer Opportunities

Get ready for spring’s arrival in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Consider joining a workday, where volunteers remove invasive brush and often conduct brush pile burns. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Conservation Corps Provides Many Benefits

Photo: Forest Preserves leadership and partners congratulate Forest Preserve Experience graduates at the 2018 ceremony at Wampum Lake Forest Preserve.   For Cook County’s 5.2 million residents, there are myriad benefits to having nearly 70,000 acres of open Forest Preserves land. Natural lands help clean our air and water, protect a diversity of plants and animals, and provide endless opportunities for healthy recreation, as well as exciting educational outings. But our forest preserves also provide specialized opportunities for employment and job training across the county.  

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Trailside’s 2019 Birdhouse Contest Now Open

Welcome to Trailside Museum's 2019 Birdhouse Building contest!   The purpose of this contest is to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds and showcase your creative building skills. Birdhouses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the summer and voted on by visitors. Prizes will be awarded.  

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Join Efforts to Protect Oak Trees

The Forest Preserves is part of a new regional initiative to protect critical oak ecosystems, an effort that will produce ecological benefits far beyond the oaks themselves. Through the Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan, coordinated by the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, the Forest Preserves and other conservation partners identified key oak ecosystems, are in the process of restoring oak ecosystems on Forest Preserve land, and reaching out to homeowners and others who can protect their oaks, as well.

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February 2019 Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air? Consider joining a workday, where volunteers remove invasive brush and often conduct brush pile burns. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Honors for Field Museum, FPCC Partnership

The Forest Preserves Board of Commissioners honored a decades-long partnership between the Field Museum and the Forest Preserves during last month’s board meeting, recognizing an award to the partners last fall from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD).

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Experience the Health Benefits of the Forest Preserves Throughout Winter

By February, Cook County residents have already experienced months of cold weather. The falling snow and dropping temperatures may have you feeling “cabin fever.” The cure? Plan a trip out into the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Winter Wonderland of Birds

This is a great time of year for birdwatching.  Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, approximately 120 bird species have been recorded during winter, including 57 migrants and 63 resident birds.

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January 2019 Volunteer and Training Opportunities

Resolve to give back to nature this year! Consider joining a workday, where volunteers remove invasive brush and often conduct brush pile burns. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Restoration Started by Volunteers Reaches Next Stage in Somme Prairie Nature Preserve

Tucked away among Cook County’s northeastern forest preserves is an example of what an Illinois prairie looked like millennia ago. Somme Prairie Nature Preserve, home to a small remnant of original prairie, is host to an incredible diversity of prairie plants and insects, including species on federal and state threatened and endangered lists. After decades of dedicated volunteer stewardship, the site is now undergoing an expanded 21-acre grant-funded restoration project.

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Snow Better Time to Visit the Preserves Than This Winter

When snow comes to Cook County, grab your sled or skates and head out to the Forest Preserves. Or if you’re more interested in a quiet walk in the wintry woods, the Forest Preserves offers that, too. With more than 300 miles of trails, you can always find a new path to explore.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County