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Forest Preserves of Cook County Events and Programs – July 2018

Jun 29, 2018

*Note: For images, call 708-771-1159 or email A complete listing of all programs is posted to the Forest Preserves’ events website at with seasonal brochures that can be downloaded.




Painting by the Pond-Summer Edition

Friday, July 13 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd, Elgin

In this instructor-led course, create a beautiful summer landscape using a large tree slice as your canvas. Materials provided. Limited space. Ages 21+. BYOB (no glass). Registration required: 708-386-4042. Payment due upon registration. Refunds not available for any reason. $20.


Paddle the Northwest

Saturday, July 21 • 9 – 11 am

Bode Lake, Bode Rd & Somerset Dr, Streamwood

Join us as we paddle Bode Lake and explore the Poplar Creek Watershed.  Instruction and gear provided. Space is limited. Ages 5 and up. Registration required: 708-386-4042. Free.


Family Campout

Friday, July 27 – Saturday, July 28

Camp Reinberg, 1801 N Quentin Rd, Palatine

These special overnight night events for families are a great intro into camping. Meals and camping gear and outdoor fun for a family of up to 6 is included in the $75 fee. Email for more information and to reserve your spot, space is limited. Camperships are available. Check in is Friday, July 27, 5-7pm.




River Round-Up

Sunday, July 1 • 1:30 pm

River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

Bring a change of shoes because we’ll be jumping in the river to examine what lives below the surface of the water. Free.


Sunset Nature Photography Workshop

Saturday, July 28 • 7 – 9:30 pm

River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

A naturalist-led photography experience focusing on natural scenes in the early evening. Ages 18 & up. Registration required: call 847-824-8360. Free.


Flick & Float

Saturday, July 28 • 8:30 pm

Whealan Pool Aquatic Center, 6200 W Devon Ave, Chicago

Join us for an after-hours pool party movie event. Bring your favorite pool float or rent one of ours. Lay back and enjoy a splash and a movie. Movies begins at dusk. Free.




Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Sunday, July 8 • 1 pm

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Make a simple musical instrument with us, or bring your own! All are welcome to join the jam! Free.


Insect Fest

Thursday, July 19 • 11 am – 2 pm

Cummings Square, 536 N Harlem Ave, River Forest

Come celebrate and learn about insects. Explore how pollinators help us, build a bug playground and follow the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies. All ages. Free.


Movies in the Parks: Films from the Forest

Tuesday, July 24 • 6:30 pm

LaVillita Park, 2800 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago

The Forest Preserves of Cook County offers family friendly, free and fun, nature based, outdoor adventure activities. Animal obstacles course, face painting and art making. Film: Zootopia. Free.


Movies in the Parks: Films from the Forest

Tuesday, July 31 • 6:30 pm

Fuller Park, 331 W 45th St, Chicago

The Forest Preserves of Cook County offers family friendly, free and fun, nature based, outdoor adventure activities. Test your wayfinding skills without a GPS and create instruments to help Moana help her community. Film: Moana. Free.





Yoga in the Woods

Sunday, July 1 • 10 – 11:15 am

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

A 1.5-mile hike and yoga set to the sounds of nature will leave you in a relaxed and peaceful state. A yoga instructor will guide you through proper posture focusing on simple breathing, strength and flexibility. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat or beach towel. No previous experience necessary. Ages 16 & up. Free.


Nature Obstacle Course

Saturday, July 7 • 11 am – 2:30 pm

Twenty-Sixth Street Woods-West, 26th St & Harrison St, La Grange Park

Attempt this obstacle course created from natural materials. Other nature play, exploration, and art activities, too!  All ages. Free.


Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC) Training

Tuesday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 11

Camp Sullivan, 14630 Oak Park Ave, Oak Forest

Are you a leader of a school, community, scouting, or youth group? Interested in bringing your group camping but don’t know where to begin? The CLIC Training is an overnight course that provides skills such as camping equipment use and care, outdoor activities, teamwork and nature-based education. Upon completion, groups of up to 30 gain access to camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and cookware for an overnight stays at Camp Sullivan. Training is required in order to gain access to gear. For more information, e-mail Free.


Nature Discovery Days

Wednesday, July 11 • 12 – 2 pm

Swallow Cliff Woods North, 10267 Calumet Sag Rd, Palos Hills

Schools out! Drop in for a fun afternoon of nature discovery. We’ll have obstacle courses, guided nature hikes, art making, kite flying and more. Free.


Concert at the Cliff

Thursday, July 12 • 6 – 8:30 pm

Swallow Cliff Woods North, 10267 Calumet Sag Rd, Palos Hills

In partnership with the Village of Palos Park, enjoy the summer sounds of Mr. Meyers Band. Bring a seat and snacks for a relaxing evening. Call 708-671-3760 for details. Free.


Archery 101

Tuesday, July 17 • 4 – 7 pm

Rubio Woods, 5800 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian

Open to all levels, learn proper techniques and bow basics from 1 on 1 instruction with our certified staff. Recommended for ages 10 & up. Free.


Camping 101

Tuesday, July 17 • 5:30 – 7 pm

Camp Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Rd, Willow Springs

Camping 101 is a free, hands-on workshop series designed to teach basic camping skills to first time campers. Learn tent set-up, campfire building, dressing for camping, camping etiquette and more. Perfect for families and novice campers. Not appropriate for youth groups. Parents required to be present with children 16 and younger. No registration is required. Free.





Outdoor Block Party

Saturday, July 7 • 12 – 4 pm

Camp Shabbona Woods, 15810 S Torrence Ave, South Holland

Join us for nature play, pop-up adventure play, creative reuse, primitive skills, games, a hike, and more! We’ll be joined by partners from the Chicago Botanic Garden, REI and the Chicago Park District. We’ll also have a food truck on site. Co-hosted by the Youth Outdoor Ambassadors and Alumni. Go the Distance on a nature walk with Cook County Department of Public Health at 1:30pm. Learn more about the Go the Distance campaign at Free.


Wellness in the Woods: Yoga

Dan Ryan Woods Central, 8395 S Western Ave, Chicago

Reap the benefits of exercising outdoors! Join Oak Street Health-Ashburn for a relaxing morning of yoga. Please bring your own yoga mat. Recommended for ages 50 & up. Free.


Kid’s Fest

Saturday, July 14 • 11 am – 4 pm

Wampum Lake, Thornton Lansing Rd & Willigan Rd, Thornton, IL

Discover a new appreciation for nature while you hike, climb, and paddle through this annual outdoor extravaganza for the whole family. Canoe slots limited; all ages. Register: Free.


Movies in the Parks: Films from the Forest

Wednesday, July 25 • 6:30 pm

Foster Park, 1440 W 84th St, Chicago

The Forest Preserves of Cook County offers family friendly, free and fun, nature based, outdoor adventure activities. Test your animal knowledge and learn about the animals you might see in the preserves and in your neighborhood. Film: Yogi Bear. Free.


Paddle 101

Thursday, July 26 • 4 – 7 pm

Beaubien Woods, W Doty Ave S, Chicago

Always wanted to try canoeing? Learn the parts of a canoe, paddling techniques, and safety tips before testing your new found skills on the water. Canoes supplied. Free.


Powderhorn Hike and Paddle

Saturday, July 28 • 10 am – 12 pm

Powderhorn Lake, 14386 S Brainard Ave, Burnham

Explore the unique surroundings of Powderhorn Lake on land and water guided by the Forest Preserve’s ecology team. Ages 16 & up. Registration required: Free.

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