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Learn about winter camping during workshops

Camping is a time-honored tradition that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. While many people only think about camping spring through fall, winter camping can be just as enjoyable!   The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting two winter camping workshops to educate attendees on winter weather safety and layering, winter fire building and snow shelter building. During the events, there will also be winter nature activities and snowshoeing (conditions permitting). The events are free to attend, and no registration is required.

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Achieve Your Goals in the Forest Preserves

The start of a new year brings with it great potential. Many of us use it as an opportunity to reflect upon the previous year, and challenge ourselves to make changes in our day-to-day lives. Whatever those changes or goals may be, I urge you to consider how you can incorporate the Forest Preserves of Cook County into your 2016 plans.

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Students showcase importance of not feeding wildlife

Walking through the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors may encounter a variety of wildlife: deer, rabbits, raccoons and more. While our instinct may be to feed them, it’s important to know that feeding wildlife could cause them more harm than good!

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Explore Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express

If you’re looking for a unique way to enjoy the holiday season, be sure to check out Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express exhibit, on display now through January 3.

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Enjoy the Holiday Season by Birding

Throughout the nation, including many parts of Cook County and the Forest Preserves, birders young and old, experienced and beginners, will gather to participate in a long-standing tradition – the Christmas Bird Count.

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2015: A Year in Review

This year has been an exciting one for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With successes in our conservation and sustainability efforts, increasing the Forest Preserves’ footprint and connecting more people with nature, the Forest Preserves of Cook County made many significant strides on 2015.

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Chinese Delegation Visits Forest Preserves

More than 20 delegates from various municipal departments from the city of Shenzhen, a large metropolis of 18 million in southern China, visited the Forest Preserves of Cook County on Monday, Nov. 9, to learn about the history, conservation efforts and public outreach of the Forest Preserves.

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Tuesday, December 22, marks the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Leading up to December 22 this year, Northern Hemispherians experience the gradual shortening of days as the sun appears closer to the horizon each day. On the day of the solstice, that shortening pauses. From that day forward, the sun appears to work its way northward in the sky again. This means longer days, which is certainly a reason to celebrate.

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The Return of Urban Otters

A century after extirpation from the State of Illinois and decades after reintroduction, an urban North American river otter has found its way into the southern region of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, calling an isolated pond within the preserves home.  

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Forest Preserve Foundation Serves Communities While Serving the Preserves

As a relatively new organization, the Forest Preserve Foundation began with a big goal: to increase opportunities for everyone in Cook County to enjoy the many benefits of spending time in the preserves. By working with a variety of partners and aligning their mission with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the foundation worked toward achieving their goal in a major way this year.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Participates in #GivingTuesday

The Forest Preserve Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday. The foundation strives to connect people with nature, protect and restore the treasured natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities.   This year, Forest Preserve Foundation donors have helped more than 3,000 people feel closer to nature through programs such as Student Conservation Association's Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Program and the Forest Preserves’ Camping Leadership Immersion Course. Throughout 2015, nearly $250,000 has been awarded to several different organizations.   Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to help increase the number of people who benefit from the Forest Preserve Foundation and the programs the organization supports. To learn more about the foundation or how to donate for Giving Tuesday, visit their website at forestpreservefoundation.org.

Shedd Aquarium Expands Partnership with FPCC

More than 3,500 plant and animal species, and 36 million people, call the many habitats of the Great Lakes region home. The habitats include lakes, rivers, wetlands, dunes, prairies and forests, some of which need help with restoration and conservation. Shedd Aquarium, a global leader in aquatic animal health and medicine, recognized that need and launched a program called Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD).

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Volunteerism Vital Component to FPCC Mission

By President Toni Preckwinkle   This month’s Forest Way newsletter tells the stories of two volunteer groups making significant contributions to the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Major organizations and companies invite their staff to provide service to the preserves, and individuals throughout our local communities devote their free time, skills and enthusiasm to preserving and restoring nature.

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Experience Camping During Winter

With the opening of several campgrounds throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County this summer, many visitors and residents have been able to enjoy the great outdoors in a new way. Although fall will slowly fade into winter, residents and visitors can still enjoy camping at Camps Reinberg, Sullivan and Bullfrog. Camp Dan Beard in Northbrook will also be open to large groups only.

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A Lesson in Trout Fishing

With the start of the inland trout fishing season on Saturday, October 17, the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocked nearly 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout in several of the preserves’ lakes (check here for details and locations). Mike Feldman, Fisheries technician, and Steve Silic, Fisheries biologist, shared some information about trout fishing and how to prepare and enjoy your catch!

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