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Plant Profile: Poison Ivy, More Than A Scary Nuisance

When people think of poison ivy, itchy rashes are often the first thing to come to mind. However, there are some positives to this native plant!

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Fall in the Forest Preserves

Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The days remain warm while evenings bring cooler temperatures. All around us leaves are changing colors and animals are preparing for the colder months ahead. Many of the Forest Preserves’ Nature Centers are offering various ways to enjoy this seasonal transition. Be sure to check out our events schedule at fpdcc.com/events for a list of fall color hikes, guided bird walks and much more.

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More than 40 Home Gardens Certified Through Conservation@Home Program

Earlier this year, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, launched the Conservation@Home program to encourage Cook County residents to adopt environmentally friendly practices that help provide wildlife and native plants habitat in residential, school and workplace gardens.   Since the program’s inception, 43 homeowners have had their gardens certified, and 21 more are working toward certification.

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Try This! Celebrate Halloween with Hike and Happenings at Camp Sullivan

Looking for a fun, family-friendly and free way to celebrate Halloween? Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County at Camp Sullivan on Saturday, October 28 for Halloween Hike and Happenings!

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Conservation Corps Educates, Inspires Youth

Every year youth and adults in Cook County are recruited to participate in Conservation Corps programs that provide paid, hands-on experiences throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Try This! Seed Collecting at Spring Creek Forest Preserve

Interested in volunteering, but not sure where to start? Consider joining a seed collecting workday with the Spring Creek Stewards at Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills!  We need lots of volunteers to help with our seed collecting efforts.

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Volunteer in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Although summer is winding down and fall is slowly approaching, there are still numerous ways to enjoy warm and fulfilling days in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Visitors can consider a leisurely walk along a trail, participating in a fun and educational program at a Nature Center, or paddling along one of the local waterways.

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Sixth Annual Forest Preserves Photo Contest

Submit Your Photos September 1-15   It’s that time of year again! We’re looking for your very best photos of Forest Preserves landscapes, close-ups of plants, insects, birds and other wildlife, pictures that highlight the seasons and shots of people enjoying the outdoors or participating in our recreational offerings.   This year’s winning photos will be showcased in the 2018 Forest Preserves of Cook County Wall Calendar, on FPDCC.com and on Forest Preserves social media accounts. Each winning photographer will receive 10 copies of the calendar as well as a Forest Preserves prize package.

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Forest Preserves of Cook County Receives Five National Awards

In addition to being a place where plants and animals thrive, the Forest Preserves of Cook County works hard to inform the public of the many opportunities to learn about and explore our nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful. Using innovative strategies and programs, the Forest Preserves has been able to connect a diverse audience to the exceptional nature found in Cook County. Read below to learn more about some of the award-winning strategies, programs and leadership that help us with our mission.

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Did You Know? Cook County is Home to 17 Species of Clams

The water bodies throughout Cook County benefit from unusual ecological diversity. From various species of aquatic plants to numerous species of fish and other wildlife, Cook County residents and visitors can spend leisurely days exploring the interesting world of our lakes, rivers and streams.   But did you know that included in this great biodiversity are more than 17 species of clams? Though they may be more commonly associated with coastal communities, Cook County is in fact home to these inconspicuous bottom dwellers.

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Explore for an Hour, a Day, or Even a Night: North 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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Visit the Forest Preserves for Trail Challenge, Summer Wildflowers

August is a beautiful time to visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Summer wildflowers are in bloom, the sun continues to shine brightly, and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities outdoors.

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Forest Preserves Experience Provides Job-Readiness Training for Cook County Youth

This summer, 50 Cook County youth benefited from a five-week paid summer internship, offered thanks to a partnership between the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves and the Housing Authority of Cook County. The program, called the Forest Preserves Experience, taught participants about environmental and conservation-related careers while providing hands-on job training.

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Postcards from the North Branch Trail

From August 11 to October 15, the Forest Preserves of Cook County challenges you to send Postcards from the North Branch Trail.

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Did You Know? There are 7 Native Woodpeckers in Cook County

If you’ve ever walked along a trail in a forest preserve, you’ve probably heard the fast drumming coming from up above. That noise is coming from woodpeckers, who are in search of food, communicating with others of their kind via “drumming,” or trying to build the perfect nesting site. In the US, there are 22 different native woodpecker species, and seven native woodpecker species can be found in Cook County.

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