Celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday! Drop in and explore adaptation, fitness, natural selection and survival through activities and displays. For all ages. Free.   Saturday and Sunday, February 8 & 9  ●  10 am – 3 pm Wednesday, February 12  ●  11 am – 3 pm   Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest 708-366-6530

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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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Settlers’ Day 2013

Celebrate our heritage with costumed living history demonstrators, representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Join an imaginary wagon train, take a guided history hike, try your hand at a two-person bucksaw or make a craft. Admission is free, though donations of money or nonperishable food, to benefit a local food depository, will be gratefully accepted.   Sunday, November 24, 2013     10 am – 3 pm Sand Ridge Nature Center 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland, IL 708-868-0606

An Evening at Trailside

  Get up-close and personal with your neighborhood nature center! Sample a variety of programs and crafts, chat with naturalists and view our entire mammal furs and skulls collection. A rare behind-the-scenes program will show how we prepare food for our live animals on site.

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ABU Arabian Horse Club 2013 Trail Ride

ABU Arabian Horse Club 2013 Trail Ride Co-sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Sunday, October 20, 2013, 9 am Camp Kiwanis Equestrian Staging Area Willow Springs Road, between 95th and 103rd Streets Willow Springs

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