Conservation & Experiential Programming

The Conservation & Experiential Programming (CEP) Department connects diverse audiences to nature through a wide range of educational and outdoor recreation experiences, focused at six nature centers, three aquatic centers, five campgrounds and other sites throughout the Forest Preserves.

CEP provides the Forest Preserves’ public programming: education and outdoor recreation events and programs, outdoor adventures, camping, water fun and swim lessons, and cultural and seasonal special events.

The department is also responsible for community engagement and committed to developing relationships with citizens to energize them and connect them to nature. CEP works with program partners at the local level on programming, building relationships with groups to become long-term advocates, stewards and ambassadors of the Forest Preserves.

Event & Programming Partnerships

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is seeking proposals from Cook County individuals and organizations to partner with the Conservation & Experiential Programming Department to provide public programs that educate and activate the public to become lovers, users, stewards and advocates of and for the Forest Preserves of Cook County.