President Preckwinkle

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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Enjoy Fall, Winter Activities in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

While the recent colder weather may push some of us indoors, the Forest Preserves of Cook County continue to offer numerous opportunities to get outside and stay active throughout the season. From traversing our miles and miles of trails to spending time exploring any of our six Nature Centers and camping, residents and visitors will find a variety of ways to enjoy November in the Forest Preserves.

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Volunteer in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Although summer is winding down and fall is slowly approaching, there are still numerous ways to enjoy warm and fulfilling days in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Visitors can consider a leisurely walk along a trail, participating in a fun and educational program at a Nature Center, or paddling along one of the local waterways.

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Visit the Forest Preserves for Trail Challenge, Summer Wildflowers

August is a beautiful time to visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Summer wildflowers are in bloom, the sun continues to shine brightly, and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities outdoors.

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Feel Free in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Don’t you sometimes just want to escape? Have you ever wondered where you could go close to home and feel free to relax, feel free to explore and learn, and feel free to enjoy healthy recreation activities?

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Summertime Offers Numerous Ways to Spend Time Outdoors

Just as quickly as spring arrived, summer is now on the horizon. The Forest Preserves of Cook County are bustling with activity and opportunity. From our Films in the Forest and Forest Jams series to biking and boating, there are endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors close to home.

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Migratory Birds, Spring Wildflowers Abound in the Forest Preserves

As we move into spring, a colorful array of birds have been migrating back to the region. Visitors to the Forest Preserves will likely hear these beautiful birds chirping away while enjoying our many amenities. However, if visitors are interested in seeing the birds rather than just hearing them, the Forest Preserves provide numerous opportunities to participate in bird walks, events and programs.

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