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Swing for Sustainability 2017

Posted: January 24th, 2017

Join us for our annual Swing for Sustainability Open!

Reserve your spot today!
$150 individual / $600 foursome

At the Forest Preserves’ premier course:

George W. Dunne National Golf Course
16310 Central Ave., Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
Friday, June 9th, 2017
12:30 registration and range, 2 pm shotgun start, best ball

Reserve your spot today!
$150 individual / $600 foursome

Ticket includes:

  • Greens fees
  • Range balls
  • Lunch
  • On-the-course drinks
  • Open-bar reception
  • Dinner with awards

Sponsorship Opportunities

Drink Cart Sponsor – $1,250

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on the drink cart day-of
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Long Drive Sponsor – $1,000

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage at one hole on the course
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Closest-to-the-Pin Sponsor – $1,000

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage at one hole on the course
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Hole-in-One Sponsor – $750

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage on hole 17
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Dinner Sponsor – $500

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Hole Sponsor – $500

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage at one hole on the course
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Golf Ball Sponsor – $350

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Lunch Sponsor – $250

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Skill Prize Sponsor – $250

  • Recognition, including logo placement in all promotional materials and on day-of signage
  • Day-of verbal recognition

Please contact Ilana Federman at ilana@fotfp.org with questions or to become a sponsor.

All proceeds support Friends’ work to make the forest preserves better for you and generations to come!

Busse Woods Night Ride 2017

Posted: January 24th, 2017

The third annual Busse Woods Night Ride will take place on Saturday September 9, 2017. Each year this event gets bigger and better, so come see for yourself what all the hype is about.  Mark your calendars now and details will follow soon.

Beer in the Woods

Posted: January 24th, 2017

Please join Friends of the Forest Preserves for our first ever Beer in the Woods event, a fundraiser on Saturday September 30 from 1-5 pm, featuring the best local and craft breweries! Come sip beer in LaBagh Woods, a haven for nature enthusiasts, right here in the heart of Chicago. All proceeds will be used for Friends’ advocacy, restoration, and community building initiatives.

Tickets will be available for online purchase soon.

Some of our participating breweries:

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Virtue Cider

Participating food trucks:

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Somme Winter Solstice Bonfire & Celebration

Posted: December 1st, 2016

This annual tradition in the woods will include a GIANT bonfire and a bagpiper!

Please bring snacks to share.

Festivities start at 2pm at Somme Woods East and is completely FREE!

See map.

Contact Josh Coles at josh@fotfp.org for more information.

Birds and Bikes on the Major Taylor Trail

Posted: October 10th, 2016

Join us for a FREE guided bike ride from the oak woodlands of Dan Ryan Forest Preserve to the riverside savanna of Whistler Forest Preserve as we search for birds! Look for ducks as we cross the Little Calumet River or we might spot a Bald Eagle!

Meet at the 83rd St. parking lot in Dan Ryan Forest Preserve. The lot is on the north side of 83rd Street, just east of Western Ave.

Total biking distance is about 15.5 miles on a flat paved trail. Bring your own binoculars, water and a snack.

Attendance is limited to 25 riders, so register today!

Click Here to register.

This event is presented in partnership with Friends of the Forest Preserves, Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, Audubon Great Lakes, and The Field Museum.

 

 

 

Bike Glenview – Forest Preserves Bike Ride

Posted: June 1st, 2016

Bike from Blue Star Memorial Woods in Glenview to the Skokie Lagoons and back with Friends of the Forest Preserves! We will stop for a snack at the lagoons and chat about the ecology of the preserves we have just traveled through. Meet at the Blue Star Memorial parking lot for a prompt departure at 1pm. The ride will last about 1.5 to 2 hours round trip. This event is free, but you must register to attend. Please take a moment now to register in order to save your spot!

Nature Crafts Day at Whistler Woods

Posted: May 26th, 2016

Join us for a fun day of outdoor crafting! Artists and nature lovers of all ages welcome! FREE! 11:00 – 12:30pm at Whistler Woods, 678 W. 134th St., Riverdale. See map.

 

Changing Perspectives on Camping

Posted: May 16th, 2016

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about camping? Take a second to really think. Did you think about a nice pristine lake? Or did you think about a set of mountains that light bounces right off of into the meadows? If you’re like Dyrell Williams, Friends of the Forest Preserves Palos division Advanced Crew member, when you hear camping you think of raccoons, possums, and other late night raiders. Though now, Dyrell would be the first to tell you how exciting and impactful camping can be. All thanks to the initiative of The Chicago Park District Front Country Leadership Training. Dyrell attended a two day field training that taught him how to safely lead hikes in the wilderness; set up a tent properly; prepare, cook, and safely store food; as well as operate in the safest way possible while away from civilization. The experience changed Dyrell’s perspective of camping as a whole to a brighter and maybe more desirable journey that he can take.

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By Dyrell Williams, Palos Division Advanced Crew Member

Busse Woods Night Ride 2016

Posted: March 22nd, 2016

Join Friends of the Forest Preserves and Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove for the second annual after-dark bike ride through Busse Woods! Explore the expansive preserve by bike, winding through meadows, woods, and along the shore of the 640-acre lake. All riders will receive a reflective ankle wrap and a bike bell. All adult ticket holders will also receive two craft beers from our generous sponsor, Lagunitas. Live music by Serendipity, 3 bonfires and snacks are included with your registration. S’mores and made-to-order tacos will be available for an additional fee. This is your one chance to explore the forest preserves at night, so don’t miss out!

Based on your feedback, this year we have added a Sunset Ride, departing at 7:00 pm to enjoy sundown at 7:08 in the heart of Busse Woods. We have also added an Extended Ride of 16 miles and running approximately 2 hours.

The Night Ride has capacity for 250 participants who will cycle in 15 waves of no more than 18 riders each. You must be 12 or older to ride. Each wave is approximately 8 miles in length and takes approximately 1 hour to complete, unless otherwise noted. In order to select the time and style of ride that best suits your needs, please register early.  

If you can’t ride but want to enjoy the event, you can purchase a spectator ticket.

Tickets:

  • Early Bird Registration: $35 per adult rider until August 21, 2016 ($40 after)
  • Extended Ride Registration: $45 per adult (there is no early bird price for this ride)
  • Youth Rider (12-20): $20
  • Adult Spectator Ticket: $15 (21yrs and older) includes two craft beers
  • Youth Spectator Ticket: $5 (5yrs-20yrs)
  • Children 4 and younger are free

In the case of bad weather, the event will not be rescheduled. There are no refunds or cancellations.

All riders must wear a helmet and all bikes must have a headlight. Headlights are available for purchase online for $15 and will be sold at the event.

All riders should gather at the departure point at least 10 minutes before your wave begins.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. First wave begins at 7:00 pm.

Where: Near Busse Lake Boating Center, Busse Woods, Higgins and IL 53, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

View the course map!

If you have questions or would like to support this event as a sponsor, please contact Ilana at ilana@fotfp.org or (312) 356-9990.

This is a fundraiser. All proceeds go to Friends of the Forest Preserves and Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove.

In partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

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First Ave. bike path back on track

Posted: February 17th, 2016

A new bike path connecting 31st Street and 26th Street along First Ave./ Golfview Ave. will be completed in 2016.