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President's Letter: Enjoy Fall in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

With the changing season, Forest Preserves of Cook County visitors will soon see what makes this time of year so special. Throughout the Preserves, tree canopies will offer stunning and colorful autumnal displays, featuring an array of warm colors. Fallen leaves will gently crunch beneath feet during serene walks in the woods. You may spot native animals, including migrating birds and our year-round wildlife preparing for the winter ahead.

Interested in experiencing a peaceful walk to view the fall colors? Check out our Events Page for a list of upcoming fall color walks led by a Forest Preserves naturalist. Registration is limited and required, and participants will wear masks and maintain a physical distance. You can also enjoy your own self-guided fall color walk. Visit our interactive Web Map to find the nearest preserve or trail.

For those looking to get involved with volunteering now that the weather has cooled, be sure to check out our Volunteer Page to learn about upcoming ecological restoration opportunities, litter clean ups and more. Volunteering is a fun and meaningful way to safely spend time outdoors while giving back to nature.

Additionally, there is still time to enjoy a restful weekend camping at one of the Preserves’ campgrounds. With COVID-19 restrictions and public health operations, Camp Reinberg, Camp Sullivan, Camp Shabbona Woods and Camp Bullfrog Lake are open from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning for tents and cabins, and every day for RVs. Reservations can be made online at fpdcc.com/camping or by calling 855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267).

Remember: No matter how you to choose to make the most of fall, be sure to do so safely. Wear a face mask or covering. Practice physical distancing from anyone who does not live in your household. Bring hand sanitizer and water.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President

Forest Preserves of Cook County