No need to dim the lights—Mother Nature will take care of that. No worries about leg room—there is plenty of open space. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the show at Films in the Forest, the Forest Preserve District’s series of films about—and in—the great outdoors.
Every other week, a different feature film with a nature connection will be presented along with family-friendly activities that correlate to the film’s theme. Screenings are free and will take place monthly at different locations all over the county. Activities begin at 6:30pm and screenings begin at dusk, around 8:30. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic dinner and head out to enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment and relaxation at scenic natural preserve venues. The series is sure to offer something for everyone and is a great opportunity to connect to nature in a new way.


6:30 pm: Pre-movie activities • Dusk: movie


Thursday, June 20
Cummings Square
536 N. Harlem, River Forest
A boy leaves home and learns to fend for himself in the wilderness in this award-winning story. The book based on this movie inspired many FPDCC staff to pursue a profession in wildlife science.
Thursday, July 11
Whealan Pool
6200 W. Devon, Chicago
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
Thursday, July 25
Green Lake Aquatic Center
1100 River Oaks Drive, Calumet City
Lucas is in a new city and having trouble making friends. His only enjoyment is terrorizing the ants in his back yard. When the ants take revenge and shrink him down to their size, he becomes a part of their society and learns valuable lessons about friendship, compassion, teamwork and loyalty.
Thursday, August 1
Cermak Aquatic Center
7600 W. Ogden Avenue, Lyons
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Thursday, August 8
Kickapoo Woods
144th and Halsted, Riverdale
In this sequel to the 2004 film Daddy Day Care, Charlie and his fellow day care owner Phil want to take their business to the next level. They take on the challenge of renovating a day camp in the woods to hilarious result.
Thursday, August 15
Cummings Square
536 N. Harlem, River Forest
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better

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