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Celebrate Earth Day in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Apr 16, 2018

Numerous events, volunteer opportunities available.


Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County as we celebrate Earth Day with volunteer opportunities, educational programs and fun events.


Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to explore the Forest Preserves while renewing our commitment to the natural environment. It’s also an opportunity to continue preserving habitat for the millions of plants, animals and other living things that thrive in the Forest Preserves.


Earth Day Des Plaines River Cleanup

Saturday, April 21 • 8 – 10 am

Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 W Chicago Ave, River Forest

Join our partner, the River Forest Park District, in removing trash from the Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve. A great Service Project for families, schools and scout groups! All materials provided. Visit for details and to sign up.


Earth Day Celebration and Preserves Clean Up

Saturday, April 21 • 9 am – 1 pm

Beaubien Woods, W Doty Ave S, Chicago

Clean up the preserves in partnership with Friends of the Parks and enjoy fun nature activities and snacks during your break. Register at


Earth Day

Saturday, April 21 • 10 am – 3 pm

Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S Paxton Ave, 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, art-making, a tour of Camp Shabbona Woods and Earth Day Jeopardy!


Earth Day, Nature Play

Sunday, April 22 • 12 – 3 pm

Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills

Catch, craft, climb. Special Earth Day family activities in our 3-acre nature play area.


Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 22 • 12:30 – 3 pm

Erickson Woods, 1651 Willow Rd, Winnetka

Join BackYard Nature Center, Winnetka Park District, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County for an afternoon of service, learning and fun to celebrate Earth Day at Erickson Woods. Activities include restoration (buckthorn removal and trash pick-up), fishing clinic, nature hike/bird walk and pop-up nature play. All gear provided. Children under 14 must have an adult present during the event. Minors must have adult present to sign waiver. Fishing license required if over 16 years of age.


Earth Day Wildflower Hike

Sunday, April 22 • 1:30 pm

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs

Check out the array of wildflowers as we walk the White Oak Trail. Hike will just exceed one mile. All ages. To registers, call Little Red Schoolhouse at 708-839-6897. Deadline: 4/20.



Residents and visitors can also consider joining Forest Preserves’ partner, Brookfield Zoo, for their annual Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 22.


Party for the Planet

Sunday, April 22 • 10 am – 4 pm

Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st Street, Brookfield

Learn about the different ways you can make Earth-friendly choices such as conserving energy, riding a bike, or recycling, all of which can have a positive impact on the planet. During this fun-filled family event, participate in green-themed craft activities, help staff plant flowers and a tree, visit with representatives at the Eco Expo, and find about the animals at special Zoo Chats. In addition, representatives from several recycling organizations will be onsite collecting items from zoogoers. For more information and a full list of recyclable items, visit or call (708) 688-8000.



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


For a complete list of events in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit



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