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Hike the Preserves this Summer

This summer, hit the trails in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to view summer wildflowers and wildlife, as well as native and migrating birds. Looking for recommended hikes? Check out the list below for a different featured hike in each of the Forest Preserves’ five zones.

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Explore the Forest Preserves of Cook County While Hiking

Did you know that throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors will find more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails? Trail users can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and peaceful walks, as well as fully immersing themselves in and learning about the history of our natural lands.

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FPCC In The News

From researching thousands of native plants, to planning for the future of incredible local nature, the Forest Preserves is committed to protecting and restoring the county's diverse ecosystems so all our unique native plants and animals can thrive in the wild. The Forest Preserves manages nearly 70,000 acres, which provides hundreds of opportunities for public education, pleasure and recreation.

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May 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Slather on some sunscreen and enjoy warmer spring weather by heading out to the Forest Preserves of Cook County to participate in a volunteer restoration workday. Volunteering is fun and meaningful, and there are opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Galloping Hill Fen Benefits from Restoration Efforts Thanks to Grant

Tucked away in Barrington’s 4,000-acre Spring Creek preserves is the tiny, but ecologically significant, Galloping Hill Fen. This 0.125-acre habitat and surrounding area recently benefited from restoration work thanks to a grant from the Forest Preserve Foundation and Oberweiler Foundation.

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Birding, Volunteer Opportunities Abound in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

With the arrival of warmer weather, residents will find numerous ways to get outdoors and enjoy spring in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. From hiking and biking to camping and kayaking, residents can truly create their own adventure in the Preserves.

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Give Back to Nature by Volunteering in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Spring is a magical time in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In addition to exciting ways to get outside and enjoy warmer weather, residents and visitors can also watch as the Forest Preserves come to life with the arrival of spring wildflowers, migrating birds and an array of wildlife enjoying a new season.

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April 2018 Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings

As winter melts away to spring, Forest Preserves of Cook County volunteers can watch as the woodlands, prairies, savannas and wetlands come alive with spring wildflowers, migrating birds and a variety of wildlife while helping to restore the habitat that supports hundreds of plants and animals that thrive in Cook County’s wild. Consider joining one of the volunteer workdays below, or check out the full list of opportunities at fpdcc.com/volunteer.

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Three Unique Ways to Volunteer in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

In addition to the numerous volunteer workdays available throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, there are several programs that enable residents to give back to nature in unique ways.

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All about the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries Management Division

With myriad water bodies including lakes, ponds and rivers, anglers of all ages can enjoy numerous opportunities to cast a line throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County. To help ensure optimal water quality and thriving native fish populations, the Forest Preserves Fisheries Management Division works year-round with local and state agencies on a number of projects.

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In Celebration of Women’s History Month: Recognizing Women in Conservation, Environmental Activism and Science

Throughout history, women have made significant contributions in the fields of conservation, environmental activism and science. In honor of Women’s History Month, read on to learn more about some of these women:

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Learn About Spring Gardening with Conservation@Home Programs

Interested in starting a garden this spring, but unsure where to begin? Want to learn about sustainable garden practices and how to incorporate native landscaping? Then consider joining the Forest Preserves of Cook County for the Conservation@Home: Kick Start Your Garden! Program.

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Mach 2018 Volunteer Opportunities & Trainings

A new month means plenty of new opportunities to join restoration efforts in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. As spring approaches, volunteers may spot a variety of blooming spring wildflowers while contributing to the important ecological work that allows these plants to thrive.

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Miami Woods Stewards Celebrate 40 Years of Nurturing Nature

With nearly 70,000 acres of public lands, managing diverse ecosystems comes with many challenges. A lot of resources are needed to successfully restore habitats, from money to actual people performing work. This is why volunteer stewardship is often a vital component to restoration efforts in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In the case of Miami Woods, a 111-acre natural area consisting of prairie and woodland, the dedication of the public is the very reason for the efforts.

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Watch for Signs of Spring in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors will begin seeing signs of spring. As the weather becomes warmer during daylight and remaining cold at night, maple trees will produce sap used to make maple syrup. Another sign of spring is the appearance of spring wildflowers. Visitors can watch for these beautiful flowers while walking on trails and visiting Nature Centers. Be sure to check out our events list at fpdcc.com/events for upcoming maple syrup and wildflower events and programming.

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