Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserves documentary now playing on WYCC PBS Chicago and at Navy Pier’s IMAX Theater


The Forest Preserves of Cook County, in partnership with WYCC PBS Chicago and Juneteenth Productions, is proud to present “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County.”


The hour-long documentary captures the sights and sounds within the Forest Preserves as it marked its 100th anniversary throughout 2015. Audiences will see and learn about the benefits of nature, the impact of open land to our quality of life and what lies ahead in the next century for the one of the oldest and largest forest preserve systems in the nation.



Like many natural wonders, the Forest Preserves are “hidden in plain sight.”  While the Preserves are well-known for family parties and cook-outs, many are unaware of its vast biodiversity – the flora and fauna of the urban preserves and the diversity of native plants that struggle to flourish against invasive species. “Chicago’s True Nature” takes viewers beyond the picnic groves and introduces them to the nearby wonders of nature.


Despite living in one of the most densely populated urban areas of the country, Cook County residents are surrounded by nearly 70,000 acres of open space managed by the Forest Preserves. This documentary highlights the conservation and research initiatives, educational programs, volunteer efforts and the wide variety of recreational activities that can be enjoyed right here in Cook County.


Ways to watch:


On WYCC PBS Chicago:

  • New dates coming soon


In Person:


Local Library
Many libraries in Cook County, including the Chicago Public Library, have copies of “Chicago’s True Nature: The Forest Preserves of Cook County.”

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