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Agencies, Conservation Corps, Volunteers Partner to Restore FPCC’s Palos Region

The Palos region is the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s largest contiguous area, with more than 14,000 acres of land. Within its boundaries, visitors will see a diversity of habitats, including wetlands, woodlands and prairies; a variety of plants, and abundant wildlife. There are also a number of special points of interest within the Palos region, including the Swallow Cliff stairs, two Nature Centers, Camp Bullfrog Lake, Saganashkee Slough and more.   With so much land, effective management often begins with partnerships, both with other organizations and dedicated volunteers. Fortunately, the Palos region is benefiting from both.

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Try This! Settlers’ Day

Each November, visitors of Sand Ridge Nature Center can experience the history of the founding and development of our country during the Annual Settlers’ Day event.

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FPCC, ISAS and The Field Museum to Host Cultural History Forum

During a free forum, "The Cultural History of the Forest Preserves: Prehistoric Villages to Contemporary Communities," at The Field Museum on Saturday, November 5, attendees will discover what the Forest Preserves’ archaeological sites can tell us about the region’s past, how it’s shaped our present, and what we must do to protect it in the future.

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Learn About Area’s Cultural History

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is bustling with activity throughout November, and with fall’s unseasonably warm weather, now is a beautiful time to visit your favorite preserve. Hikes along our trails will feature a palette of warm autumn hues, and our six Nature Centers are offering educational programs on how nature is preparing for winter and seasonal birds.

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Prescribed Burns Help Natural Areas Thrive

Prescribed burning, done each spring and fall, is an important management tool for natural areas which mimics wildfires that our native prairies and woodlands have adapted to over millennia. Fire and heat suppress woody vegetation and invasive species, which has allowed vast acreages of both tall and short grass prairies and savannas in the pre-settlement Midwest to flourish.

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Eastern Screech Owls are Very Flexible

Eastern screech owls are not picky

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This Birder Started at a Young Age

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Combines Volunteerism with Birding

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Has Seen a lot of Unexpected Things

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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This Birder Finds Joy in Birding

As part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Bird the Preserves initiative, we are featuring one Birder of the Week September through October to highlight the unique experiences and diversity of the birding community. To learn more about birding or to attend an upcoming bird walk, visit fpdcc.com/birding.

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Celebrate Fall in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Fall is officially upon us, and what an excellent time to get outdoors and visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the Forest Preserves, visitors can enjoy the beautiful array of warm colors that will decorate the trees; celebrate the season with fall-themed festivals, events and programs; and enjoy a variety of fun activities with family and friends.

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Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Chicago River Join Together to Help Turtles

Through a partnership between the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Friends of the Chicago River, a multi-tiered project designed to have direct impact on Cook County’s wildlife has been underway for several years, with a goal of positively benefitting the reproductive success of osprey, bats and turtles. Recently, the organizations met up to place transmitters on turtles to understand exactly how well the project is working.

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Enjoy Fall, Halloween in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

From pumpkin painting and fall color hikes, to costume-clad children and spooky stories around a campfire, there are numerous opportunities throughout Cook County for families and visitors of all ages to get outdoors this season and enjoy a variety of fun fall activities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County!

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Did You Know? Honey is Produced at River Trail Nature Center

Among the sugar maples and resident wildlife at River Trail Nature Center, many visitors may have heard the buzz of bees while visiting over the summer. That’s because volunteer beekeepers and Nature Center staff tend to bee hives on site!

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Oak Forest Heritage Preserve Now Open

Steeped in history, the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s recently opened Oak Forest Heritage Preserve provides residents and visitors the opportunity to learn the many distinct stories of how the site has been used throughout time while traversing nearly two miles of paved trail and immersing themselves in nature.

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