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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Get Your 2014 Wall Calendar!

The Forest Preserves of Cook County 2014 Wall Calendar will soon be available, and it's gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves. This great stocking stuffer has everything: ducks, elk, wildflowers, redbelly snakes, snowscapes, birdwatchers and more.   Get yours now in downtown Chicago in the lobbies of the Cook County Administration Building, the Daley Center and the George Dunne Office Building. They will also be available after December 14 at all six of our nature centers.

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New restrooms appearing now through next spring!   Installation has begun on the first of ten new permanent toilet buildings in the forest preserves. The restroom at the Bremen Grove Forest Preserve in Oak Forest will open in December and nine other facilities will be installed in spring of 2014. We expect the new restrooms will offer great relief to some extremely eager preserve visitors.

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Online platform opens new dialogue with the public   Want to give your two cents on the latest Forest Preserves project but can’t make public meetings? MindMixer is the newest way to make sure you’re being heard by the Forest Preserves’ decision makers.

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by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle Last month, we launched a major effort to ensure the continued health and diversity of the natural heritage and archaeological resources of our Forest Preserves. When it’s completed in December 2014, the Natural and Cultural Resources Master Plan will provide sophisticated and comprehensive guidance to our land management.

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