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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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Red-bellied Woodpeckers are Built to Eat

Red-bellied woodpeckers catch & cache with ease

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This Birder Loves the Peace and Quiet

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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Lasting Legacy: Joan Patricia Murphy

During a special Board of Commissioners meeting, President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board of Commissioners presented Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy’s family with a resolution honoring the Commissioner for her many contributions to Cook County and the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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This Birder Has Learned A Lot

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 Likes to Travel

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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Remodeled General Headquarters Provides New Amenities, Direct Access to Permits

Visitors of the Forest Preserves of Cook County General Headquarters at Cummings Square now have direct access to the Permits, Rentals and Concessions area thanks to a recent remodel. In addition to better access, the remodel provides a new lobby with an accessible entrance, an elevator and reception area for visitors. Exterior improvements include updated wayfinding signs, landscaping and paving for visitors.

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Celebrate Public Land with a Party for the Preserves

On Saturday, September 24, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is throwing a party and everyone is invited! Join us as we celebrate our nearly 70,000 acres of public land on National Public Lands Day with our first Party for the Preserves.   At each of our five new and revitalized campgrounds, visitors of all ages can enjoy a myriad of activities. Each campground’s party is a different theme, and will include the opportunity to purchase dinner packages or camp and dinner packages.

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Join in on FPCC’s National Public Lands Day Celebration

Throughout Cook County, residents and visitors are surrounded by thousands of acres of public land – nearly 70,000 acres to be exact. Our county is the most diverse in Illinois, and includes different habitats such as prairies, forest woodlands, savanna and wetlands. A vast amount of native and migrating animals can be spotted throughout the Preserves, as well as an abundance of rare plant species.

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Black-capped Chickadees Like to Flock

Black-capped chickadees are social

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