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

President Toni Preckwinkle at the Settler's Day event

Throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visitors will notice signs of the season changing. Soon the green forest canopy will transition to golds, reds and oranges, as we start another autumn—a wonderful time to enjoy cooler weather and beautiful scenery in the Forest Preserves.

Interested in experiencing a peaceful walk to view the fall colors? Check out our events page for upcoming guided fall color walks or visit our interactive web map to plan a self-guided walk in the woods.

In this issue, readers can learn about some of the many ways Cook County residents benefit from the nearly 70,000 acres in the Forest Preserves. In honor of National Public Lands Day, throughout the month of September the Forest Preserves talked to partners to hear their perspective on why our public lands are so important. From mental and physical health to climate change mitigation to youth development and access, the Forest Preserves are an integral part of our communities.

Also in this issue is a link to view the winning photographs from the Forest Preserves’ popular annual photo contest. The images will be featured on the Forest Preserves 2020 Wall Calendar, highlighting some of the breathtaking scenery, wildlife and plants that can be viewed while exploring your Forest Preserves of Cook County. We hope these photos serve as inspiration to plan an outing to a nearby forest preserve. And to the winners, congratulations and thank you for sharing your talent and time in the preserves with us all.

Finally, don’t miss the articles that feature events and programs for fall fun and Halloween happenings and the variety of volunteer opportunities going on throughout the county. Whether you’re looking for free, family-friendly events and programs or new ways to give back to nature, there are endless opportunities in the Forest Preserves.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle, President

Forest Preserves of Cook County