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Recently Spotted In The Forest Preserves

With acres and acres of diverse habitat, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is home to numerous animals.

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Six Ways To Spend The Day Exploring Bemis Woods

Many of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s sites provide plenty of different activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy a full day of fun and exploration.

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Osprey Have a Good Grip on Things

A diet of almost exclusively live fish means manipulating slippery prey on the fly:

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New Amenities Mean New Ways To Experience the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Within the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s nearly 70,000 acres, residents can enjoy a multitude of activities. From outdoor recreation and healthy living, volunteer opportunities to environmental education, the Forest Preserves has something for everyone.

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Try This! Kids’ Fest Offers Plenty of Fun For Families

What does it mean when fishing, hiking, canoeing, archery, rock climbing and more are all available on the same day? It means it’s time for the annual Kids’ Fest at Wampum Lake!

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ICYMI: New Pavilion, Stairs Now Open at Swallow Cliff

What’s better than a 125-step limestone stair set climbing Swallow Cliff’s 100-foot bluff? A second stair set with an additional 168 steps and a pavilion/café offering healthy snacks.

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Forest Preserves of Cook County to Collect Data on American Kestrels

Perched atop telephone wires or hovering overhead, some Forest Preserves visitors may have spotted a tiny, colorful raptor known as the American kestrel. What Wildlife Biologist Chuck Rizzo considers to be a “charismatic predator,” kestrels are the smallest raptor in the United States.   Although this small raptor was once considered a common bird to see, its population has been declining. To help understand the reasons behind the decline, researchers are collecting data that can be contributed to the American Kestrel Partnership.

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Share the Trail Day is June 4

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is home to more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails that are used in a variety of ways. Residents and visitors can walk, run, hike, bike and even ride their horses through diverse habitats. But with so many different uses, how do the trails accommodate everyone?

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Summertime is Full of Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in the Forest Preserves

Later this month marks the official beginning of summer. Warmer weather is finally upon us, and there are many ways to enjoy the sunshine in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With camping, a new rock-climbing wall and activity barn, swimming, night programming at six Nature Centers and more, the Forest Preserves are alive with summer activities for people of all ages.

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Summer Series Injects Films, Music into Forest Preserves

All summer long, Cook County residents and visitors can pack a picnic, spread out a blanket, relax and enjoy a movie or concert in the Forest Preserves during the “Films in the Forest” and “Forest Jams” event series.

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Picture Yourself in a Boat on a River… or Lake or Slough or Lagoon

Did you know the Forest Preserves provides boating access to three rivers and eight recreational waterbodies?   Paddling—in a canoe or kayak—is a great workout that allows you to see the Preserves from a new perspective. Still, many preserve visitors haven’t tried it.

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New Life for Sullivan Barn Means New Adventures for Campers

How do you beat the weekday blues? A staycation—camping close to home, recharging surrounded by nature and… rock climbing inside a historic barn.

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Great Egrets Use Their Bill as a Spear

Whether fishing or fighting, the great egret’s razor-sharp bill is an amazing tool:

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Forest Preserves hosts 2016 IHSA Bass Fishing Sectionals

On May 6, the Forest Preserves hosted three Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Bass Fishing Sectional tournaments at Busse Reservoir (Main Pool and South Pool) and Skokie Lagoons. Over 40 high school teams participated in these events.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Forest Preserves

Mothers play a crucial role in the world. From teaching and supporting to encouraging and inspiring, the impact the important women in our lives make is immeasurable, and it only makes sense to plan a special day thanking them for their many contributions!   Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County as we celebrate Mother’s Day with opportunities to explore Mother Nature during bird walks, hikes and more.

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