This window into the preserves of yesteryear offers great winter reading   For some twenty years—between 1945 and 1964—the Forest Preserve District issued weekly bulletins about the natural history of Cook County. Written by staff, the bulletins went out to classrooms across the county. Revised editions were reissued until 1980. Today they offer a fascinating window into Cook County nature and the Forest Preserves of yesteryear.

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Police seeking volunteers to make preserves even more welcoming   We need your help! The Forest Preserves is seeking new volunteers to join our Trail Watch program. Become additional eyes and ears for our Law Enforcement Department, and help us keep the preserves safe, healthy and attractive for all our users. Just by going out and enjoying the forest preserves, you can be a visible presence to help make our preserves even more welcoming.

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by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   This spring, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is heralding a new beginning. As part of our centennial celebration, a special commission of civic leaders presented the Forest Preserves with a renewed vision for the future: the Next Century Conservation Plan.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Winter Workdays   Most people assume that when the temperature drops and the snow falls, habitat restoration volunteers pack up their tools and stay home on the couch, binging on episodes of Downton Abbey and House of Cards while waiting for spring. But that’s not the case.   Winter is actually a very busy time for habitat restoration. Volunteers are out in force, focused on cutting invasive brush that’s poised to crowd out the native plant community when it warms up again.

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Try This!

Snowshoeing   Cultures living in cold climates have relied on snowshoes for millennia. This oversized footwear can mean the difference between slogging through drifts up to your knees and floating above the fray, one with the elements.   This snowy winter we’ve been having is the perfect opportunity to try out snowshoes yourself. Today’s models aren’t your grandpa’s snowshoes. You can borrow a pair for free at the following nature centers, then head off on the nature center trails for a day of fun. Try it today!

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