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Nature Preserves of the Cook County Forest Preserve District

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thirty-two Cook County Forest Preserves(totaling 10,405 acres) are of such high quality and importance that they’re also part of the Illinois Nature Preserves System. They represent the best remaining remnants of our state’s natural heritage.[[https://fpdcc.com/nature/illinois-nature-preserves/]] Nature Preserves protect high-quality woodlands, prairies, and wetlands along with their threatened and endangered plants and animals.  The Forest Preserves of Cook County have more such preserves than any other local agency in Illinois. A source of pride for Cook County residents, these special places include ancient woodlands, tallgrass prairies, oak savannas, sandstone bluffs, wetlands, and bogs. They need additional buffer land to maintain their quality, and they (and adjacent lands) need additional care that can come only through needed funding, staff, and volunteer stewards. 


You are invited to join Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves to learn more about these special places in Cook County and how important they are to local and global biodiversity as well as resources for recreation, beauty, education, and the motivation, inspiration, and health of our youth. Learn more from some of the people that love them. Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm.

Register here


October 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Things to know before you come:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask if unable to social distance from others at the site.
  • Bring water and a snack. Dress for the wilderness – this should include sturdy boots or shoes, a hat, bug spray, and sunscreen. Long pants and a long sleeve shirt are suggested.
  • We work hard, but at our own pace, and we often take breaks to share snacks and share ideas and nature with each other.

If you are attending a workday at a nature preserve owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, please complete and bring the IDNR Volunteer Waiver to the workday when you attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy at 779-212-2785 or amy@friendsilnature.org