It’s officially spring, and that means there are new and exciting ways to get outside and explore the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Throughout the season, consider attending a bird or spring wildflower walk, or simply taking a stroll along our trails.
In this issue of the Forest Way, readers will learn about different ways to celebrate Earth Day in the Forest Preserves. Some of our Nature Centers are hosting special events and programs, and there are numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the month in honor of this special day. Consider gathering family and friends, and helping to restore our lands for Earth Day.
Readers will also learn about the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Go the Distance-Cook County initiative, which encourages residents to walk more. Major components of the campaign include exploring communities and connecting with loved ones. What better place to enjoy a walk with family and friends than the Forest Preserves?
Also in this issue of the Forest Way is a story about Chicago Voyagers, an organization striving to connect youth to meaningful and educational experiences outdoors. Many of their excursions take place in the Forest Preserves and provide youth the opportunity to learn about the local environment as well as participate in volunteer work.
Finally, throughout April, many of the Forest Preserves’ seasonal amenities and programs get under way, including bicycle rentals along the North Branch Trail and at Dan Ryan Woods, the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, canoe and kayak rentals, and Adopt-A-Site.
We hope to see you in the Preserves!
Toni Preckwinkle, President
Forest Preserves of Cook County