President Preckwinkle

Healthy Preserves Important to Plants, Animals and People

The Forest Preserves of Cook County benefits our communities, our region and our planet.   Our 70,000 acres protect native flora and fauna while also ensuring people can experience the beauty of northeastern Illinois’ native habitats. Committing to restoring these lands to health achieves both these goals. It also benefits both current residents and future generations to come.

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Help Protect Nature for the Next Generation

Spring is an inspiring time to visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the season, visitors can witness the renewal of nature. As the weather continues to warm, soon we’ll see migrating birds, the reemergence of wildlife, and spring wildflowers accompanied by buzzing bees and flittering butterflies.

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Experience the Health Benefits of the Forest Preserves Throughout Winter

By February, Cook County residents have already experienced months of cold weather. The falling snow and dropping temperatures may have you feeling “cabin fever.” The cure? Plan a trip out into the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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A Year in Review: 2018 by the Numbers

Numbers can only tell part of a story. But for 2018, adding up some of the numbers from the Forest Preserves of Cook County gives an impressive snapshot of the many ways the Forest Preserves have engaged with residents and advanced our mission.

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Restoration Throughout Forest Preserves Benefits Land, Animals and People

Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, plants, animals and insects are preparing for colder months ahead. And while winter may mean hibernation for some, the Forest Preserves remain bustling with opportunities to enjoy nature. There are numerous special events and programs during November, as well as plenty of ways to get outside, including hiking, volunteering, camping and biking.

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View Fall Colors in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The seasonal transition from summer to fall is a wonderful time to experience the Forest Preserves of Cook County. While visitors can continue to enjoy hiking, biking or camping, perhaps they’ll spot some autumn colors beginning to appear in the forest canopy, stop to view late-blooming wildflowers, or witness various wildlife preparing for winter.

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Join Us for a Party for the Preserves

The Forest Preserves of Cook County are an incredible public resource. Throughout the County, residents and visitors can take advantage of nearly 70,000 acres of natural land. Our preserves offer opportunities to enjoy myriad recreational activities including hiking, biking, picnicking and more. Residents and visitors can also view natural exhibits and resident wildlife at six Nature Centers, experience more than 20 designated nature preserves, or spend a night under the stars at five campgrounds.

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Everyone is Welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s values are clear: all people are welcome, and everyone should feel safe at any of our facilities. The incident that occurred on June 14 in Caldwell Woods was disturbing and appalling. The Forest Preserves is deeply committed to inclusiveness and we make every effort to infuse our work with that commitment. We know there’s always room for improvement and we want to use the incident as an opportunity to grow stronger.

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Enjoy Biking Forest Preserves Trails, Learning About Local Wildlife

Did you know the Forest Preserves of Cook County offers more than 300 miles of marked trails? Weaving through and around beautiful natural areas, these trails enable Forest Preserves visitors to fully immerse themselves in Cook County’s diverse nature.

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Explore the Forest Preserves of Cook County While Hiking

Did you know that throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors will find more than 300 miles of paved and unpaved trails? Trail users can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and peaceful walks, as well as fully immersing themselves in and learning about the history of our natural lands.

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Birding, Volunteer Opportunities Abound in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

With the arrival of warmer weather, residents will find numerous ways to get outdoors and enjoy spring in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. From hiking and biking to camping and kayaking, residents can truly create their own adventure in the Preserves.

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Give Back to Nature by Volunteering in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Spring is a magical time in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In addition to exciting ways to get outside and enjoy warmer weather, residents and visitors can also watch as the Forest Preserves come to life with the arrival of spring wildflowers, migrating birds and an array of wildlife enjoying a new season.

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Watch for Signs of Spring in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors will begin seeing signs of spring. As the weather becomes warmer during daylight and remaining cold at night, maple trees will produce sap used to make maple syrup. Another sign of spring is the appearance of spring wildflowers. Visitors can watch for these beautiful flowers while walking on trails and visiting Nature Centers. Be sure to check out our events list at fpdcc.com/events for upcoming maple syrup and wildflower events and programming.

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Spend Time With Loved Ones Exploring the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, residents and visitors have numerous opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season. Each of our Nature Centers offers fun and educational programming, and there are myriad hands-on and informative events and programs to learn about camping, try snowshoeing and more.

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Try Volunteering in Forest Preserves in 2018

With the New Year here, winter weather has also shown up, providing an abundance of exciting recreational opportunities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the County, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating and more.

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