Throughout Cook County, residents and visitors can enjoy nearly 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. These public lands are available for numerous activities including hiking, biking, fishing and camping.
Enjoy a number of self-guided activities and guided programs on September 25, 2021 at various Forest Preserves locations to celebrate National Public Lands Day.
All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a mask indoors at all times. Unvaccinated visitors should also wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing (six feet from other people) is not possible.
Party for the Preserves: Outdoor YogaThatcher Woods Pavilion • River Forest, IL 60305
Party for the Preserves: Prairie ViewSagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439
Party for the Preserves: Meet Nature Cat!Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
Party for the Preserves: Little Calumet River Paddle Wilderness InquiryBeaubien Woods Boat Launch • Chicago, IL 60827
Party for the Preserves: Prairie StrollLittle Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Party for the Preserves: Birds of PreyRiver Trail Nature Center • Northbrook, IL 60062
Party for the Preserves CelebrationCamp Bullfrog Lake • Willow Springs, IL 60480
Give Back to Nature
Help protect our Public Lands by participating in a Select Organized Litter Obliterator (SOLO) cleanup! At select locations you can collect cleanup supplies and do your part by picking up litter in the Preserves.
SOLO supplies are available to pick up at: