Sign up for ActiveNet to get a jump on the New Year   Tomorrow, January 2, the doors of the Permits office at Forest Preserves General Headquarters (536 N. Harlem Avenue in River Forest) swing open from 8 am to 4 pm to those eager to secure their favorite picnic spot for 2014.

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Hike for Fitness   Work off those holiday goodies in the Forest Preserves! Some of our nature centers offer group fitness hikes, during which naturalists resist the urge to stop and identify birds and instead maintain a brisk pace across woods and prairie.

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The Forest Preserves are alive with fun activities all winter long, if you’re willing to brave a little cold   You hardy souls who love to throw on extra layers and go on winter adventures already know that the Forest Preserves, decked out in glittering snow and ice, are quieter and more peaceful in winter than at any other time of year—and you’ve got them mostly to yourself.

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by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   I'd like to wish a Happy New Year to all of the visitors and supporters of the Forest Preserves of Cook County!

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Happy Canoe Year!

CANCELLED UPDATE 12/31/13, 3:15 pm. Bad news, canoeists! Since our last test run yesterday morning, conditions on the river have rapidly deteriorated. Significant portions of the river have iced over and are impassable. We are sorry to report that tomorrow’s New Year’s Day Paddle is officially CANCELLED. We strongly discourage paddlers from attempting the paddle on their own.  Ring in the New Year with a Paddling Trip down the North Branch of the Chicago River   Happy Canoe Year! On January 1, 2014, the Forest Preserves of Cook County will host the annual New Year’s Day Canoe Paddle down the North Branch of the Chicago River. Experienced paddlers are invited to participate in this free event, which begins below the Skokie Lagoons and finishes approximately four miles later in Linne Woods. In past years, more than 300 people have participated.

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