“Films in the Forest” Series Delivers Outdoor Movies with a Nature Education

“Frozen,” “Little Shop of Horrors” headline 2015 Films in the Forest series


Spreading out a blanket in the grass and catching an outdoor flick is a popular summertime activity, and movie screens are popping up everywhere—including your local forest preserve. But our Films in the Forest series delivers more than your average outdoor movie.


From cult classics to modern blockbusters, films are chosen for their (not always obvious) nature themes. Each film is preceded by a variety of natural and cultural activities, displays and games related to that theme—appropriate for both children and adults.


For example, the June 18 showing of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a tale about a florist who tries to manage a menacing plant, provides a unique setting to demonstrate the impact of invasive species. And the July 30 showing of Disney’s “Frozen” becomes a platform to unravel the mystery of weather patterns and participate in basic science experiments.


These pre-film activities begin at 6:30 pm and films start at dusk. Visitors are also invited to pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the outdoors. Here’s the full summer schedule:


Thursday, June 18 • 6:30 pm
Little Shop of Horrors
Thatcher Woods Pavilion, River Forest


Tuesday, June 30 • 6:30 pm
Into the Woods
Caldwell Woods, Chicago


Thursday, July 23 • 6:30 pm
The Book of Life
Eggers Grove, Chicago


Thursday, July 30 • 6:30 pm
Green Lake Aquatic Center, Calumet City


Tuesday, August 25 • 6:30 pm
How to Train Your Dragon
Cermak Aquatic Center, Lyons

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