Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors can join in on celebrations and restoration work days in honor of Earth Day. Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to explore the Forest Preserves while making an impact on our local natural areas. It’s also an opportunity to continue preserving habitat for the millions of plants, animals and other living things that call the Forest Preserves home.
Join the Forest Preserves as we celebrate Earth Day with volunteer opportunities, educational programs and fun events!
Earth Day Celebration and Preserves Clean Up
Saturday, April 22 • 9 am – 1 pm
Kickapoo Woods, Riverdale
Clean up the Preserves in partnership with Friends of the Parks and enjoy activities and snacks too. Groups with 10 or more people, please register with Credell.Walls@cookcountyil.gov.
Orland Grassland Earth Day Celebration: Family-friendly Bird Walk
Saturday, April 22 • 9 am
Orland Grassland, Orland Park
Visit orlandgrassland.org for details and updates.
Saturday, April 22 • 10 am
Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Join us for a day set aside as a reminder to be good stewards of our planet every day. Activities include hikes, puppet shows, a craft and Earth Day Jeopardy!
Earth Day Wildflower Hike
Saturday, April 22 • 1:30 pm
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs
Check out the array of wildflowers as we walk the White Oak Trail. Hike will just exceed 1-mile in length. Registration required. Family program. Limit 20.
Earth Day, Nature Play
Saturday, April 22 • 12 – 3 pm
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Catch, craft, climb. Special Earth Day family activities in our 3-acre nature play area.
Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 29 • 12 – 4 pm
Bunker Hill, Chicago
Celebrate the grandeur of trees and learn why they’re vital to our community and our world. Enjoy tree planting, tree climbing, tree ID hikes and more. Call 312-415-2970 for more information.
In addition to these great events, hundreds of volunteers are contributing many hours of hard work to help restore the preserves all throughout Cook County, with numerous workdays taking place around Earth Day. To help celebrate the day by participating in a public workday, or for volunteer opportunities year-round, visit fpdcc.com/volunteer.