FPDCC Blog

August 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Enjoy warm, sunny days this summer while giving back to nature. Consider joining a volunteer workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Five Tips to Keep in Mind When Planning a Hike

by Stephen DeFalco, program coordinator   With more than 300 miles of marked trails within the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors can enjoy traversing through a variety of native habitats, spotting birds and butterflies, and viewing beautifully restored landscapes. To get the most out of your hiking adventure in the forest preserves, here are some tips that can also be applied to any trail user.

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Hummingbirds are the Little Avian Jewels of the Preserves

By Leslie Decourcey, naturalist aide, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center   The sight of a hummingbird flitting between flowers can delight even the most jaded among us, but a closer look at these birds reveals even more reason for amazement. In our area we have one native species: the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris).

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General Superintendent Arnold Randall addresses June 14 incident and looks forward

Statement from General Superintendent Arnold Randall on July 12, 2018:

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July 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Enjoy warm, sunny days this summer while giving back to nature. Consider joining a volunteer workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.

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How to Make Baby Walleye: All About the FPCC’s Walleye Propagation Program

With more than 40 fishing sites located throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, anglers of all ages can enjoy dropping a line from a boat or setting up a spot along the shoreline to catch a variety of game fish. One of the most popular game fish available to Forest Preserves’ waters is walleye.

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Enjoy Biking Forest Preserves Trails, Learning About Local Wildlife

Did you know the Forest Preserves of Cook County offers more than 300 miles of marked trails? Weaving through and around beautiful natural areas, these trails enable Forest Preserves visitors to fully immerse themselves in Cook County’s diverse nature.

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Remembering Dr. Donna Alexander

Dr. Donna Alexander, who served as the administrator for Cook County Animal & Rabies Control, was a dedicated leader and strong advocate for the wellbeing of animals in Cook County.

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June 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Looking for a new and meaningful way to spend time outdoors this summer? Join a volunteer workday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County! There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels.   Check out the list below for a nearby workday, or visit fpdcc.com/volunteer to view the calendar of all upcoming volunteer opportunities.

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Forest Preserve Foundation Awards 3 Grants to Support FPCC Initiatives

During the Forest Preserve Foundation’s spring grants cycle, three grants totaling $152,500 in support of Forest Preserves of Cook County initiatives were approved.

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Hike the Preserves this Summer

This summer, hit the trails in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to view summer wildflowers and wildlife, as well as native and migrating birds. Looking for recommended hikes? Check out the list below for a different featured hike in each of the Forest Preserves’ five zones.

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Explore the Forest Preserves of Cook County While Hiking

Did you know that throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors will find more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails? Trail users can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and peaceful walks, as well as fully immersing themselves in and learning about the history of our natural lands.

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FPCC In The News

From researching thousands of native plants, to planning for the future of incredible local nature, the Forest Preserves is committed to protecting and restoring the county's diverse ecosystems so all our unique native plants and animals can thrive in the wild. The Forest Preserves manages nearly 70,000 acres, which provides hundreds of opportunities for public education, pleasure and recreation.

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May 2018 Volunteer & Training Opportunities

Slather on some sunscreen and enjoy warmer spring weather by heading out to the Forest Preserves of Cook County to participate in a volunteer restoration workday. Volunteering is fun and meaningful, and there are opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels.

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Galloping Hill Fen Benefits from Restoration Efforts Thanks to Grant

Tucked away in Barrington’s 4,000-acre Spring Creek preserves is the tiny, but ecologically significant, Galloping Hill Fen. This 0.125-acre habitat and surrounding area recently benefited from restoration work thanks to a grant from the Forest Preserve Foundation and Oberweiler Foundation.

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