Toni Preckwinkle

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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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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Fall in the Forest Preserves

Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The days remain warm while evenings bring cooler temperatures. All around us leaves are changing colors and animals are preparing for the colder months ahead. Many of the Forest Preserves’ Nature Centers are offering various ways to enjoy this seasonal transition. Be sure to check out our events schedule at fpdcc.com/events for a list of fall color hikes, guided bird walks and much more.

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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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Winter is Coming

Throughout Chicagoland, residents are preparing for winter. Parents are making sure children have gloves and hats, municipalities are ensuring the salt trucks are ready and homeowners are pulling out their shovels.

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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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New Amenities Mean New Ways To Experience the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Within the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s nearly 70,000 acres, residents can enjoy a multitude of activities. From outdoor recreation and healthy living, volunteer opportunities to environmental education, the Forest Preserves has something for everyone.

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Feeling the love for the Forest Preserves

February, the month of Valentine’s Day, is commonly associated with feelings of love and appreciation toward special people in our lives. Whether it be a parent, child, friend, spouse or significant other, many people enjoy taking advantage of the opportunity to show their affection this month. But what about those special places in our lives?

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2015: A Year in Review

This year has been an exciting one for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. With successes in our conservation and sustainability efforts, increasing the Forest Preserves’ footprint and connecting more people with nature, the Forest Preserves of Cook County made many significant strides on 2015.

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Volunteerism Vital Component to FPCC Mission

By President Toni Preckwinkle   This month’s Forest Way newsletter tells the stories of two volunteer groups making significant contributions to the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Major organizations and companies invite their staff to provide service to the preserves, and individuals throughout our local communities devote their free time, skills and enthusiasm to preserving and restoring nature.

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Welcoming Fall in the Preserves

Before we welcome a new season, I want to thank everyone who participated in our 100 Years / 100 Events Centennial Celebration which wrapped up at the end of September. Throughout the entire week, we estimated nearly 10,000 visitors enjoyed more than 100 events and activities.   I want to encourage those who came to continue visiting the preserves. Autumn is upon us and there is still plenty to do and see in the Forest Preserves. 

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Celebrating 100 Years with 100 Events

by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   September is here, and we are now just a few days away from our signature Centennial Event: 100 Years / 100 Events.

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Uncovering Cook County’s Past in the Preserves

By President Toni Preckwinkle   Summer is always a popular season at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Our 300 miles of trails, free activities, six nature centers, three aquatic centers and new campgrounds offer something for everyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors. But this summer is also a time where we’ve literally rolled up our sleeves. Teams of archaeologists have been working across the county in search of clues to our cultural past.

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Why We Camp

This summer, as we head into the final stretch of our centennial celebration, we’re extremely proud to reintroduce camping to Cook County residents and visitors for the first time in more than half a century.   The first site to open, Camp Shabbona Woods in South Holland, will welcome campers beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 22, 2015. Additional sites in Willow Springs, Northbrook, Oak Forest and Palatine will open throughout the summer, offering tent campsites, RV campsites, small and large cabins for families, groups and couples of all ages and interests.

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Finding Nature in Early Childhood

by Forest Preserves President Toni Preckwinkle   I have many fond memories of hiking through the woods and paddling on lakes with my family as a young child growing up in Minnesota. Research shows that positive experiences such as these are essential to creating a love of nature later in life, and a dedication to protecting and sharing it with others.   The Forest Preserves of Cook County provide a place for children and families to explore nature, where they can feel welcome and safe. We’ve long been a leader in environmental education through our innovative nature centers.

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