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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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Get Ready For Spring in the Forest Preserves

With unseasonably warm weather speeding our rush toward spring and days becoming longer, our excitement for the official change of seasons grows. As we enjoy the seasonal change, be sure to visit the Forest Preserves and see plants starting to bloom and migrating birds beginning to appear throughout the County.

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Jens Jensen Named Illinois’ Newest Land and Water Reserve

On January 24, 2017 the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission dedicated the Jens Jensen Grasslands and Woodland Land and Water Reserve. This 220-acre mosaic of woods, grasslands and wetlands is located within the 624-acre Jens Jensen Forest Preserve (also known as Deer Grove East) in northwest Cook County, and is adjacent to Deer Grove West Forest Preserve. Together, these parcels total 1,800 acres of Forest Preserves land.

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Students Can Now Apply for Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Program

Applications for Student Conservation Association and Friends of the Forest Preserves’ six-week Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps (CCLC) program will be accepted beginning Monday, March 6 through Friday, April 21.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Awards 5 Grants to Support FPCC Initiatives

During the Forest Preserve Foundation’s fall grants cycle, five grants totaling nearly $130,000 in support of Forest Preserves of Cook County initiatives were approved.

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Explore the Great Outdoors with Loved Ones

There are many great things happening throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County this February. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, consider spending time with loved ones out in nature. With both adults-themed and family-friendly programming at many of our Nature Centers, as well as myriad educational programs and volunteer opportunities, there are numerous ways to enjoy the company of family and friends in honor of this special day.

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Explore Dan Ryan Woods and the Major Taylor Trail

Dan Ryan Woods, one of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s most popular sites, is home to numerous amenities and attractions. This 257-acre preserve has long offered visitors a scenic location to gather with family and friends while being surround by nature. The site offers year-round recreational opportunities including playfields, a 1.5-mile paved loop trail, 16 picnic groves, a 120-guest pavilion, and a system of historic aqueducts at Dan Ryan Woods South.

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Harms Flatwoods Named Illinois Nature Preserve

Located in northeastern Cook County, Harms Flatwoods offers visitors a somewhat rare glimpse of this limited habitat type. Even rarer than the ecosystem is the exceptional quality of Harms Flatwoods, which has recently garnered this plot designation as an Illinois Nature Preserve.

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Become a Cook County Master Naturalist

Do you love learning about the natural areas, plants and animals of Cook County? Are you interested in educating family, friends and the general public about the many ecological wonders of Cook County? Do you enjoy performing nature-related volunteer work? If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, consider becoming a Cook County Master Naturalist!

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Beverly Lake: A Cross-Country Skiing Hidden Gem

Located in the northwestern part of Cook County, visitors can find themselves trekking through oak woodlands, oak savannas, and pine plantations that were once part of re-forestation efforts while exploring Beverly Lake. And with recently updated ski signage and remarked trails, cross-country skiers can traverse nearly 2.5 miles of marked trails and more while experiencing this favorite winter pastime.

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Resolve to Explore the Natural Beauty of Cook County in 2017

The New Year is finally upon us, with the promise of new experiences and opportunities ahead. If you’ve long imagined exploring different parts of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the New Year is the perfect reason to get outside and try something new.

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