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Feel Free

Don’t you sometime just want to escape?   Explore the natural beauty of Cook County for an hour, a day or even a night. When you’re surrounded by 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, there’s no better place to feel free.

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Remembering Commissioner Robert Steele

The contributions made by Commissioner Robert Steele to the Forest Preserves of Cook County will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come.

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Artist in Residence: Wednesday, June 14 – Workshop Day!

The neighbors in Cabin 7 knocked on my door just as I was having coffee, wondering if I would like to share their breakfast of eggs, orange juice, sausage, toast and chorizo. Wow, teachers know how to cook! I had plenty of food to share myself, so insisted on contributing my supply of eggs. We had a lovely meal and chat, then I had to excuse myself to get ready for the workshop and a visit from a DePaul University Environmental Studies graduate, who also had an interest in scientific illustration and visual communications.

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Artist in Residence: Tuesday, June 13

Today I had a mid-morning interview for a women's arts publication on the east coast by fellow artist Elaine Luther. It is hot and sunny, and the air is still. Rather than brave the heat outside, today I finished up the rest of the watercolor journals, sewing a few more blocks and gluing the covers onto the completed text blocks.  

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Artist in Residence: Monday, June 12

Up at 7:00 am, slept through phone alarm for 6:15 am, but I'm not on a schedule today! It's a beautiful day. I slept well on my bunk bed mattress. For breakfast I had leftover coffee from Sunday with milk, orange juice, and oatmeal squares with 2 percent. I brought a camp stove, but in this heat, I'm just as happy with simpler, cold foods.

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Artist in Residence: Sunday, June 11

Camp Bullfrog Lake cabins are beautiful and breezy. Everything looks brand new and super-clean, even though the cabins are already two years old. Two large double-hung windows with screens, and doors at each end of the bunk walls, provide lots of cross-ventilation. There's a high-power recirculating fan in the ceiling, too. I brought a small oscillating fan just in case.

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Try This! Celebrate 85 Years of Nature Education at Trailside Museum of Natural History

Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County at Trailside Museum of Natural History on Sunday, June 11, to celebrate 85 years of nature education and programming at the museum.   Attendees can enjoy an ice cream social, join in a bluegrass jam, participate in family-friendly historical activities, meet some of Trailside’s animals, view local history displays, make an animal craft and more.

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Explore for an Hour, a Day, or Even a Night: South Zone

From boating and biking to birdwatching and fishing, there are numerous ways to experience the great outdoors in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, Cook County residents and visitors can find ways to explore the Forest Preserves for an hour, a day, or even a night.

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Greencorps Chicago Provides Hands-on Environmental Job Training

Each year, up to 45 Chicago residents receive hands-on training in the environmental industry through Greencorps Chicago. Crew members gain experience and preparedness for careers in horticulture, urban agriculture, tree care, landscaping, carpentry, ecological restoration and more. Through the nine-month paid program, participants work at a variety sites including locations within the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and other community partners.

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New Book Catalogs Chicagoland Plants, Insect Interactions

From beginning to end, Forest Preserves of Cook County Wildlife Biologist Laura Rericha-Anchor spent more than 15 years working on her new book “Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic And Ecological Synthesis.” Co-authored with Dr. Gerould Wilhelm, director of research at The Conservation Research Institute, the book is a thorough look at the plant communities within Chicagoland and beyond, detailing nearly 3,200 plant species and documenting the delicate, yet powerful world of plants, their pollinators, and the environment.

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Summertime Offers Numerous Ways to Spend Time Outdoors

Just as quickly as spring arrived, summer is now on the horizon. The Forest Preserves of Cook County are bustling with activity and opportunity. From our Films in the Forest and Forest Jams series to biking and boating, there are endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors close to home.

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Forest Preserves of Cook County to Host Artist in Residence

Spending time in nature can be both relaxing and inspiring, creating an urgency for those with creative flair to, well, create. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful scenery throughout Cook County, the Forest Preserves provide beautiful spaces to escape to for much needed rest, rejuvenation and artistic inspiration.

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Did You Know? Some Aquatic Vegetation is Healthy for the Ecosystem

Summertime often brings visions of leisurely boating on lakes and fishing from a shady shoreline. It also noticeably brings new growth of aquatic vegetation. While it’s easy to think this vegetation is a nuisance, it also serves an important role in the ecosystem. To help manage the amount of vegetation growing on water bodies, the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries staff has been conducting an aquatic vegetation management program on FPCC water bodies since the 1960s.

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Bird the Preserves Big Month

During the month of October 2017, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting a Big Month birding competition to follow up on its successful 2016 Big Year.

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Migratory Birds, Spring Wildflowers Abound in the Forest Preserves

As we move into spring, a colorful array of birds have been migrating back to the region. Visitors to the Forest Preserves will likely hear these beautiful birds chirping away while enjoying our many amenities. However, if visitors are interested in seeing the birds rather than just hearing them, the Forest Preserves provide numerous opportunities to participate in bird walks, events and programs.

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