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President's Letter: Enjoy End of Summer in the Forest Preserves

Though summer will soon be winding down and children will be heading back to school, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the season in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the County, families and individuals can participate in a wide variety of activities and special events.

A time-honored, summertime favorite – and one of my personal favorites – is camping. With five new and revitalized campgrounds in the Forest Preserves, planning an end-of-the-summer camping excursion is easier than ever. And with attractions like indoor rock climbing at Camp Sullivan or the Go Ape Treetop Adventure and Zip Line Course at Bemis Woods in Western Springs, enjoying a getaway (that’s not far away) is a wonderful way to make lasting memories with family and friends.

In this Month’s Forest Way, readers will find a story about the Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps. This program engages 15- to 19-year-old youths in a six-week hands-on summer work experience. Participants receive extensive and specialized conservation training from highly skilled field leaders that introduces these youths to careers in conservation.

Also in this month’s newsletter, readers will learn about this month’s Bird the Preserves Bird of the Month, the ruby-throated hummingbird. In addition to Sagawau Environmental Learning Center’s “Don’t Miss” event, Hummingbird Fest on Saturday, Aug. 20, visitors will have numerous opportunities to head to the Forest Preserves to learn about this fascinating bird during hummingbird sits and walks.

During August, the Forest Preserves is also hosting a variety of programs on archery, paddling and more. Additionally, the family-friendly film and music series continues, providing attendees the opportunity to enjoy music and movies while being immersed in nature. Be sure to check out our Events Page to learn more about the different events and programs.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County