President Toni Preckwinkle

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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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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A Year in Review for the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Over the past year, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has been busy advancing its mission. From protecting the plants and animals that thrive in the wild, to offering ways for the public to create their own adventure in the Forest Preserves, there have been a number of significant contributions throughout the County. I’d like to share and reflect back on a couple of the Forest Preserves successes in 2017.

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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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Head To The Forest Preserves For Earth Day, Spring Activities

It’s officially spring, and that means there are new and exciting ways to get outside and explore the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the season, consider attending a bird or spring wildflower walk, or simply taking a stroll along our trails.

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Explore the Great Outdoors with Loved Ones

There are many great things happening throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County this February. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, consider spending time with loved ones out in nature. With both adults-themed and family-friendly programming at many of our Nature Centers, as well as myriad educational programs and volunteer opportunities, there are numerous ways to enjoy the company of family and friends in honor of this special day.

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Resolve to Explore the Natural Beauty of Cook County in 2017

The New Year is finally upon us, with the promise of new experiences and opportunities ahead. If you’ve long imagined exploring different parts of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the New Year is the perfect reason to get outside and try something new.

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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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Celebrate Fall in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Fall is officially upon us, and what an excellent time to get outdoors and visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the Forest Preserves, visitors can enjoy the beautiful array of warm colors that will decorate the trees; celebrate the season with fall-themed festivals, events and programs; and enjoy a variety of fun activities with family and friends.

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Join in on FPCC’s National Public Lands Day Celebration

Throughout Cook County, residents and visitors are surrounded by thousands of acres of public land – nearly 70,000 acres to be exact. Our county is the most diverse in Illinois, and includes different habitats such as prairies, forest woodlands, savanna and wetlands. A vast amount of native and migrating animals can be spotted throughout the Preserves, as well as an abundance of rare plant species.

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Reconnect with the Forest Preserves this spring

April is a great month for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Spring has finally sprung, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and warmer days will follow soon. April is also when we celebrate Earth Day and the many beautiful gifts given to us by Mother Nature.

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