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Celebrate the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Public Land with Party for the Preserves events

Sep 13, 2018

Weekend events to include party at Camp Sullivan, Deer Grove East


Throughout Cook County, residents and visitors can enjoy nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. These public lands are available for numerous activities including hiking, biking, fishing and camping.


To celebrate these public lands in honor of National Public Lands Day, the Forest Preserves will be hosting two weekend Party for the Preserves events on Saturdays, September 22 and 29. At Camp Sullivan and Deer Grove East, visitors of all ages can enjoy nature exploration, dancing, stewardship and more.


On Saturday, Sept. 22 at Camp Sullivan, 14630 Oak Park Ave. in Oak Forest, Party for the Preserves attendees can join in on archery, nature hikes, nature crafting with Chicago Botanic Garden, and an outdoor skills workshop hosted by REI. Attendees can also scale the campground’s indoor climbing wall, enjoy live music and dancing, and participate in night hikes and stargazing. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.


On Saturday, Sept. 29, visitors of Deer Grove East, 1599 Pepper Tree Dr. in Palatine, can join a bird walk lead by Chicago Audubon Society at 8 a.m., and conduct restoration work with Deer Grove Natural Area Volunteers at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will also be natural material building, a mountain bike clinic hosted by REI, bird feeder building with Chicago Zoological Society, as well as stargazing with Adler Planetarium, and bat sonar and night hikes with the Forest Preserves.


Residents can also purchase native plants through the Forest Preserves’ Native Plant Sale with Taylor Creek Nursery at the Deer Grove East Party for the Preserves event on Saturday, Sept 29. The deadline for pre-orders is Friday, Sept. 21. Orders must be picked up at the event. For questions about the plant sale, contact Taylor Creek at or (608)897-8641 ext. 1033. The order form can be downloaded on the Forest Preserves’ website at


Both events are free to attend, however some items including food, souvenirs and workshop materials will be available for purchase on site. For more information on the Party for the Preserves events, visit, call 708-386-4042, or email




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