Friends of the Forest Preserves

Forest Preserves Experience Provides Job-Readiness Training for Cook County Youth

This summer, 50 Cook County youth benefited from a five-week paid summer internship, offered thanks to a partnership between the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves and the Housing Authority of Cook County. The program, called the Forest Preserves Experience, taught participants about environmental and conservation-related careers while providing hands-on job training.

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Students Can Now Apply for Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Program

Applications for Student Conservation Association and Friends of the Forest Preserves’ six-week Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps (CCLC) program will be accepted beginning Monday, March 6 through Friday, April 21.

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Agencies, Conservation Corps, Volunteers Partner to Restore FPCC’s Palos Region

The Palos region is the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s largest contiguous area, with more than 14,000 acres of land. Within its boundaries, visitors will see a diversity of habitats, including wetlands, woodlands and prairies; a variety of plants, and abundant wildlife. There are also a number of special points of interest within the Palos region, including the Swallow Cliff stairs, two Nature Centers, Camp Bullfrog Lake, Saganashkee Slough and more.   With so much land, effective management often begins with partnerships, both with other organizations and dedicated volunteers. Fortunately, the Palos region is benefiting from both.

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Learn About Area’s Cultural History

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is bustling with activity throughout November, and with fall’s unseasonably warm weather, now is a beautiful time to visit your favorite preserve. Hikes along our trails will feature a palette of warm autumn hues, and our six Nature Centers are offering educational programs on how nature is preparing for winter and seasonal birds.

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Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps Teaches, Inspires Youth

Three years ago, Lance Williams was looking for an opportunity to try something new. As a 15-year-old with an interest and curiosity about nature, Lance found that opportunity by becoming a crew member with the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps. Today, Lance has moved up to the role of Apprentice Crew Leader, and his initial interest has since transformed into a passion guiding future plans and goals.

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Orland Grassland Restoration Marks Milestone

On September 6, Orland Grassland celebrated a major milestone, the completion of a massive five-year restoration project by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over the course of the $7.7 million project, the Corps removed more than 400 acres of invasive trees and shrubs across the 960-acre preserve, seeded hundreds of acres with native plant seed and planted more than 50,000 native plants. It removed or disabled 12.5 miles of drain tiles, allowing water to return to the site to create life-sustaining wetlands.

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