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Forest Preserves of Cook County to Host Artist in Residence

Spending time in nature can be both relaxing and inspiring, creating an urgency for those with creative flair to, well, create. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful scenery throughout Cook County, the Forest Preserves provide beautiful spaces to escape to for much needed rest, rejuvenation and artistic inspiration.

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Did You Know? Some Aquatic Vegetation is Healthy for the Ecosystem

Summertime often brings visions of leisurely boating on lakes and fishing from a shady shoreline. It also noticeably brings new growth of aquatic vegetation. While it’s easy to think this vegetation is a nuisance, it also serves an important role in the ecosystem. To help manage the amount of vegetation growing on water bodies, the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries staff has been conducting an aquatic vegetation management program on FPCC water bodies since the 1960s.

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Bird the Preserves Big Month

During the month of October 2017, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting a Big Month birding competition to follow up on its successful 2016 Big Year.

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Migratory Birds, Spring Wildflowers Abound in the Forest Preserves

As we move into spring, a colorful array of birds have been migrating back to the region. Visitors to the Forest Preserves will likely hear these beautiful birds chirping away while enjoying our many amenities. However, if visitors are interested in seeing the birds rather than just hearing them, the Forest Preserves provide numerous opportunities to participate in bird walks, events and programs.

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Take Time to View Spring Wildflowers

In addition to longer days and warmer weather, one of the most exciting (and most colorful) things about spring is the variety of wildflowers that carpet parts of the forest floor.   Chicagoland is home to numerous different species of native wildflowers, and these plants serve a crucial role in the ecosystem. Spring wildflowers provide unique and important habitat for native pollinators and other insects. These insects then become important sources of nourishment for migratory birds.

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Explore For an Hour, a Day, or Even a Night: Central Zone

From boating and biking to birdwatching and fishing, there are numerous ways to experience the great outdoors in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, Cook County residents and visitors can find ways to explore the Forest Preserves for an hour, a day, or even a night.

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Try This! International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Welcome back birds during the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration from 9 am – 11:30 am on Saturday, May 20, at LaBagh Woods. During the event, attendees can enjoy seeing a variety of birds migrating from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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Adopt-A-Site Volunteer Morgan Gawlik Knows Importance of Giving Back

When Steven Gawlik was growing up, his mother Susan taught him respect for the environment, and that humans only have one life to live so people need to take care of it. Because he had these values, Steven was able to pass them down to his daughter Morgan, who is now a Forest Preserves Adopt-A-Site volunteer at only 6 years old.

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Trailside’s 2017 Birdhouse Contest Now Open

Welcome to Trailside Museum's 2017 Birdhouse Building contest!   The purpose of this contest is to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds and showcase your creative building skills. Birdhouses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the summer and voted on by visitors. Prizes will be awarded.

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Celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day With The Forest Preserves of Cook County

Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors can join in on celebrations and restoration work days in honor of Earth Day. Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to explore the Forest Preserves while making an impact on our local natural areas. It’s also an opportunity to continue preserving habitat for the millions of plants, animals and other living things that call the Forest Preserves home.

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Chicago Voyagers Introduces Youth To Great Outdoors

On a sunny, warm day in March, nine children from a local school spent their afternoon learning about nature and giving back to their community during a visit at Trailside Museum of Natural History. The experience, which included a guided nature walk and a litter clean-up, was directed by Chicago Voyagers, a youth development program that uses experiential adventure-based programs and activities to help foster the development, responsibility and leadership in Chicagoland youth.

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Spend An Hour, A Day, Or A Night Exploring FPCC’s Northwest Zone

From boating and biking to birdwatching and fishing, there are numerous ways to experience the great outdoors in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, Cook County residents and visitors can find ways to explore the Forest Preserves for an hour, a day, or even a night. Use the suggestions below for ideas on ways to explore the Forest Preserves in Cook County’s northwest area:

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Increase Time Spent Walking In The Forest Preserves During Go The Distance, Cook County

Looking for motivation to increase time spent walking? Consider joining the Cook County Department of Public Health’s (CCDPH) Go the Distance, Cook County initiative! The campaign asks participants to commit to increasing the amount of time spent walking, while encouraging people to invite family and friends to join them in their efforts.

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Head To The Forest Preserves For Earth Day, Spring Activities

It’s officially spring, and that means there are new and exciting ways to get outside and explore the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the season, consider attending a bird or spring wildflower walk, or simply taking a stroll along our trails.

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FPCC Participates in 6th Annual One Earth Film Festival

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting a free screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County,” as part of the 6th Annual One Earth Film Festival.

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