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About Us

three North American river otters in a pond

Forest Way Monthly Newsletter

children exploring a wetland at Bartel Grassland

Who We Are

people walking along a nature trail in 1904

Mission & History

a sign with a map and rules on the North Branch Trail

Rules & Frequently Asked Questions

Members of the Forest Preserves Racial Equity/Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Committee.

Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Land Acknowledgement

blazing star flowers in an open field at the Portwine restoration area in summer 2016.

Plans & Current Projects

a garden with accessible raised beds, paved trail and interpretive signs


Forest Preserves of Cook County staff accepting an award

Awards & Honors

Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on a purple coneflower at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Brookfield Zoo Chicago & Chicago Botanic Garden Partnerships

Work With Us

Fisheries biologist Steve Silic shows a visitor a fish at Wampum Lake.


monarch butterfly feeding on a sunflower

Doing Business & Partnerships

a group of volunteers posing for a photo outside


Your Government

Forest Preserves employees posing with an award from the NRPA

Departments & Leadership

Board of Commissioners meeting at Brookfield Zoo in July 2023. Photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo.

Board of Commissioners

General Superintendent Arnold Randall, President Toni Preckwinkle and children hugging a tree during an event.

Policy & Guidance