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

Although summer is winding down and fall is slowly approaching, there are still numerous ways to enjoy warm and fulfilling days in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Visitors can consider a leisurely walk along a trail, participating in a fun and educational program at a Nature Center, or paddling along one of the local waterways.

In this issue of the Forest Way, readers will also learn about an opportunity to participate in volunteer stewardship at Spring Creek Forest Preserve. Stewards will be spend the next couple of months collecting and sowing seeds. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist in this important work, which helps re-establish and expand native plant populations.

Also in this issue of the Forest Way is an article highlighting two Conservation Corps members who have worked their way up through the program. Experience in Conservation Corps can help young people learn the importance of giving back to their communities while also introducing them to an entirely new field of possibilities for future careers. 

And don’t forgot the Forest Preserves first-ever trail challenge, Postcards from the North Branch Trail, continues through October 15. Trail users are encouraged to step inside life-sized postcards found along the North Branch Trail. Those who follow the contest directions will be entered to win some great Forest Preserves prizes.

Finally, this issue also includes information on joining our upcoming Big Month Birding competition, as well as our Sixth Annual Photo Contest.

We hope to see you in the Preserves!

Toni Preckwinkle
President, Forest Preserves of Cook County