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#BirdThePreserves Big Month Results

This past October, the Forest Preserves of Cook County hosted a Bird the Preserves Big Month Birding Competition. Eighteen teams adopted a forest preserve for the month-long event, and collectively spotted nearly 170 bird species of the 283 species featured on the Forest Preserves’ birding checklist.

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December Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings

While some may think nature is self–sufficient, the truth is that ensuring our natural lands thrive takes work. A lot of work.   The Forest Preserves are fortunate to have dedicated stewards at sites throughout the county, each hosting numerous volunteer workdays during the year. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to give back to nature, consider joining a workday:

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A Year in Review for the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Over the past year, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has been busy advancing its mission. From protecting the plants and animals that thrive in the wild, to offering ways for the public to create their own adventure in the Forest Preserves, there have been a number of significant contributions throughout the County. I’d like to share and reflect back on a couple of the Forest Preserves successes in 2017.

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A Note from the Forest Preserve Foundation

By Shelley Davis, Executive Director of Forest Preserve Foundation   Since its inception, the Forest Preserve Foundation has granted more than $980,000 to programs that support and enhance the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We help young people who work as paid interns in the Forest Preserves. We support restoration volunteers. And we fund programming for youth and families to have fun in nature.

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Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserves documentary now streaming online

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Plant Profile: Nannyberry Takes Care of Birds, Butterflies

With the weather beginning to change, fruiting plants will soon become a rare sight throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County. However, one plant that may hold onto its fruit into the colder months is nannyberry (Viburnum lentago).

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Cal-Sag Trail Recognized with 2017 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning

Metropolitan Planning Council recently awarded Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and the Cal-Sag Coalition the 2017 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning for the work done to connect communities in south Cook County.

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Did You Know? FPCC Campgrounds Can Be Used For Retreats, Corporate Meetings

Planning a big event, and looking for a unique location to welcome guests? Consider the Forest Preserves of Cook County campgrounds! Did you know our campgrounds can be used for a variety of large events, including family reunions, corporate retreats and weddings?

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Enjoy Fall, Winter Activities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

While the recent colder weather may push some of us indoors, the Forest Preserves of Cook County continue to offer numerous opportunities to get outside and stay active throughout the season. From traversing our miles and miles of trails to spending time exploring any of our six Nature Centers and camping, residents and visitors will find a variety of ways to enjoy November in the Forest Preserves.

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