Create a Lasting Memory in the Forest Preserves

Dedicate a tree or bench and make a positive impact on the environment. Those seeking an environmentally friendly way to honor a loved one, commemorate an event or even mark a new beginning, now have a new option in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With a donation to the Forest Preserve Foundation, families and individuals have the opportunity to dedicate a tree or bench that can be cherished for years to come. These gifts go even further by supporting the Foundation's efforts to inspire children through education and outdoor adventure programs in their local preserves.  

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Forest Preserves Acquires Horizon Farms

Four hundred-acre property is Forest Preserves’ largest single acquisition since 1968.   In early May, a judge approved the Forest Preserves’ purchase of Horizon Farms, a 397-acre equestrian estate in the far northwest suburb of Barrington Hills. The purchase was the Forest Preserves’ largest single acquisition since 1968, and brings our total acreage to 69,123. (To see how the preserves have grown over the last century, click here for an infographic.)   “For 100 years, the mission of the Forest Preserves has been to protect open space in Cook County for the benefit of all our residents,” Forest Preserves General Superintendent Arnold Randall said. “This parcel of land was identified as highly desirable in our most recent land acquisition plan, for its large tracts of open space, wetlands and native bird habitat, as well as its proximity to Spring Creek and Crabtree Preserves. Because the property had been in foreclosure proceedings for a number of years, this opportunity was financially within reach as well.”  

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Centennial History Series: Early Prairie Restoration in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

An early prescribed burn at Crabtree Nature Center in the 1960s. by Natalie Bump Vena   During the summer months, beautiful prairies bloom all over the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Many of these natural communities thrive today because Preserves staff and volunteer stewards worked for decades to restore and maintain them.  

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Pace Launches Express Buses to Brookfield Zoo

Three new summer routes connect new communities to this Forest Preserve gem   Pace, Brookfield Zoo, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County recently joined together to launch convenient new summer transit connections to and from the zoo.   On Memorial Day, May 26, Pace began operating routes 770 and 771, which travel between the zoo and the CTA’s Blue, Green and Pink lines. On Saturday, June 7, Route 772 begins service connecting the 95th/Dan Ryan CTA Red Line station with the zoo. All three routes will operate until August 30.  

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New Summer Hours at Nature Centers

Open until 8 pm on Thursdays, and open Fridays   We are excited to announce NEW hours at five of our six nature centers this summer, June 1 through August 31!  

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