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Party!Sat, Sep 29 • 1 PM - 9 PM

Party for the Preserves

Deer Grove East, Palatine

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at the County’s first forest preserve!

8 – 10 am: Bird Walk lead by Chicago Audobon Society
Registration required: https://fpdcc.eventbrite.com

9 am – 4 pm: Stewardship Sessions with the Deer Grove Natural Areas Volunteers
Restoration includes brush cutting and/or seed collecting. Please wear appropriate attire suitable for activities. No experience necessary. Equipment provided. Morning session takes place 9am to 12pm. Afternoon session takes place 2pm to 4pm. Registration required: https://fpdcc.eventbrite.com

11 am – 3 pm: Native Plant Sales by Taylor Creek Nursery
The deadline for pre-orders is September 21, 2018. Orders must be picked up at the event. Questions? Contact Taylor Creek at nursery.service@appliedeco.com or (608)897-8641 ext 1033. Download Form

11 am – 3 pm: Landscaping Consultation and Plant Identification from Conservation@Home

1 – 1:15 pm: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Be there to commemorate the newly installed interpretive sign and restoration work at Deer Grove East

1:45pm: Interpretative Sign Walk with Openlands
Join Openlands for a guided walk through Deer Grove East

1pm – 5pm:

  • Natural Material Building with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Mountain Bike Clinic and Trail Awareness led by REI
  • Create Bird Feeders with the Chicago Zoological Society
  • Nature Play with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Casting Practice and Knot Tying Lessons with L.L. Bean
  • Family Friendly Birding Activities with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Live Raptor appearance with River Trail Nature Center

2 – 6:30 pm:

  • Live Music delivered by Emerald City Music Productions
  • Food, Beer, and Beverage Sales

6:30 – 8:30pm: S’mores provided by Billy Casper

7:30 – 9pm:

  • Stargazing with the Adler Planetarium
  • Bat Sonar and Night Hikes provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Cost: Free

Event Contact



Deer Grove East
1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL 60067 United States
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County