February is here and with it comes the snow I hope many of you have been waiting for. Though we in Cook County often endure some tough winters, we are so lucky to be able to escape into the Forest Preserves to peacefully enjoy the season’s beauty or be adventuresome by trying out ice fishing or sledding at one of our many hills. We also offer cross-country skiing at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont.
If you have never been cross-country skiing, we’ve developed a fun video for you shot from a beginner’s perspective that gives you an idea of a typical experience on the trails at Sagawau Nordic.
This month also marks an important moment for the Forest Preserves. On February 11, 1915, the first board meeting of the Forest Preserves of Cook County was held. We have a rare opportunity to mark this occasion 100 years later, on the very same day.
In the lobby of the 5th floor of the Cook County Building, just before entering the board room chambers, members of the public and invited guests will see historical photo displays and live animals that live at our nature centers. Large photographic posters will be displayed with photos representing all seasons of nature in the Forest Preserves.
We are also proud to have with us representatives from many partner organizations, staff, volunteers, previous board members and we are especially honored to welcome descendants of Dwight Perkins and Jens Jensen, the founders of the preserves. Within this issue you’ll find an interview with Perkins’ grandsons, who generously offer us insight into their family’s history.
As always, we hope you take the time to visit us and participate in our many programs and events.
Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County