Centennial History Series: Early Prairie Restoration in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

An early prescribed burn at Crabtree Nature Center in the 1960s. by Natalie Bump Vena   During the summer months, beautiful prairies bloom all over the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Many of these natural communities thrive today because Preserves staff and volunteer stewards worked for decades to restore and maintain them.  

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Pace Launches Express Buses to Brookfield Zoo

Three new summer routes connect new communities to this Forest Preserve gem   Pace, Brookfield Zoo, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County recently joined together to launch convenient new summer transit connections to and from the zoo.   On Memorial Day, May 26, Pace began operating routes 770 and 771, which travel between the zoo and the CTA’s Blue, Green and Pink lines. On Saturday, June 7, Route 772 begins service connecting the 95th/Dan Ryan CTA Red Line station with the zoo. All three routes will operate until August 30.  

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New Summer Hours at Nature Centers

Open until 8 pm on Thursdays, and open Fridays   We are excited to announce NEW hours at five of our six nature centers this summer, June 1 through August 31!  

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ABC7′s Roz Varon Highlights the Forest Preserves of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Roz Varon spent several spring days in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to produce this three-part series that aired on ABC7 this week.

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Try This: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day is May 10! Join us for a multi-day celebration of birds as they migrate across the Americas.   Don't miss the International Migratory Bird Festival at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont on Saturday, May 10 from 7:30 am to 3 pm. Spend the day celebrating migratory birds and learn simple ways to identify and protect these birds. This big day will be preceded by a week of bird hikes, including field trips to nearby habitats:

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