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President's Letter: Celebrating 100 Years with 100 Events

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

I anxiously anticipate kicking off festivities on September 20 at Crabtree Nature Center with the Art in Nature event. As President, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a number of the events we will be offering during the celebration — such as archery and canoeing — and experiencing our wonderful Nature Centers. I even went camping with my grandchildren at Camp Shabbona in South Holland on my summer vacation.

When I first took office, I didn’t realize all that the Forest Preserves has to offer, let alone the variety of activities we could offer. During my time as president, it has become obvious to me that most Cook County residents still don’t take full advantage of our natural open spaces.

100 Years / 100 Events is not just about marking a historic milestone. Staff and volunteers are organizing these activities so that individuals, groups and families can have life-changing experiences and hopefully make the Preserves part of their routines.

Our Preserves are a precious legacy that we must protect. There are many stewards and volunteers who care for our Preserves by performing important restoration work, giving native plants and animals the chance to thrive in our diverse, native habitats. It is my hope that through this celebration, we will not only inspire you to use the Preserves, but to care for this amazing natural resource.

Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County