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All About the Forest Preserves’ Wildlife Management Division

The Forest Preserves of Cook County boast nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, and are home to thousands of species of plants and animals. The diverse natural systems found throughout the forest preserves — including savannas, prairies, woodlands and wetlands — serve as biological field stations for important scientific research.

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Try Volunteering in Forest Preserves in 2018

With the New Year here, winter weather has also shown up, providing an abundance of exciting recreational opportunities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the County, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and more.

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FPCC General Superintendent Receives 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award

The Civic Federation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation awarded Forest Preserves of Cook County General Superintendent Arnold Randall with the 2017 Excellence in Public Service Award during the annual breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

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Join a Nature-Themed Book Club

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more? Are you passionate about nature? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, consider joining Trailside Museum of Natural History and Chicago Audubon Society’s new nature-themed book club.

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January Volunteer Opportunities & Trainings

If giving back to the community is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider joining a restoration workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. There are opportunities all throughout the County, and are open to people of all experience levels. Please be sure to dress for the weather, including study footwear.

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#BirdThePreserves Big Month Results

This past October, the Forest Preserves of Cook County hosted a Bird the Preserves Big Month Birding Competition. Eighteen teams adopted a forest preserve for the month-long event, and collectively spotted nearly 170 bird species of the 283 species featured on the Forest Preserves’ birding checklist.

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December Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings

While some may think nature is self–sufficient, the truth is that ensuring our natural lands thrive takes work. A lot of work.   The Forest Preserves are fortunate to have dedicated stewards at sites throughout the county, each hosting numerous volunteer workdays during the year. If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to give back to nature, consider joining a workday:

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A Year in Review for the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Over the past year, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has been busy advancing its mission. From protecting the plants and animals that thrive in the wild, to offering ways for the public to create their own adventure in the Forest Preserves, there have been a number of significant contributions throughout the County. I’d like to share and reflect back on a couple of the Forest Preserves successes in 2017.

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A Note from the Forest Preserve Foundation

By Shelley Davis, Executive Director of Forest Preserve Foundation   Since its inception, the Forest Preserve Foundation has granted more than $980,000 to programs that support and enhance the Forest Preserves of Cook County. We help young people who work as paid interns in the Forest Preserves. We support restoration volunteers. And we fund programming for youth and families to have fun in nature.

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Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserves documentary now streaming online

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Plant Profile: Nannyberry Takes Care of Birds, Butterflies

With the weather beginning to change, fruiting plants will soon become a rare sight throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County. However, one plant that may hold onto its fruit into the colder months is nannyberry (Viburnum lentago).

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Cal-Sag Trail Recognized with 2017 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning

Metropolitan Planning Council recently awarded Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and the Cal-Sag Coalition the 2017 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning for the work done to connect communities in south Cook County.

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Did You Know? FPCC Campgrounds Can Be Used For Retreats, Corporate Meetings

Planning a big event, and looking for a unique location to welcome guests? Consider the Forest Preserves of Cook County campgrounds! Did you know our campgrounds can be used for a variety of large events, including family reunions, corporate retreats and weddings?

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Enjoy Fall, Winter Activities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

While the recent colder weather may push some of us indoors, the Forest Preserves of Cook County continue to offer numerous opportunities to get outside and stay active throughout the season. From traversing our miles and miles of trails to spending time exploring any of our six Nature Centers and camping, residents and visitors will find a variety of ways to enjoy November in the Forest Preserves.

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Plant Profile: Poison Ivy, More Than A Scary Nuisance

When people think of poison ivy, itchy rashes are often the first thing to come to mind. However, there are some positives to this native plant!

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