2016 Crystal Leaf Awards Reception (photo by Lynn Renee Photography)
2016 Crystal Leaf Awards Reception (photo by Lynn Renee Photography)

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Upcoming Events

Swing for Sustainability 2017

June 9, 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 […]

Busse Woods Night Ride 2017

September 9, 2017

6:00PM – 11:00PM The 3rd Annual Busse Woods Night Ride is bigger and better than ever! Please join us for your one chance to ride through the forest preserves at night. New this year! Historical Wave, taking you to places of cultural and geographical significance. Led by Elk Grove expert Michael Stachnik, Program Director at […]

Beer in the Woods

September 30, 2017

1pm – 5pm Please join Friends of the Forest Preserves for our first ever Beer in the Woods event, a fundraiser featuring craft beer and cider. Come sip beer in LaBagh Woods, a haven for nature enthusiasts, on the North side of Chicago. All proceeds will be used for Friends’ advocacy, Conservation Corps, and community […]

Centennial Volunteer Events

October 1, 2017

Join the Centennial Volunteers! Be a part of forest and river revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore nine special sites along the Chicago and Calumet Rivers. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system. Our goal is to […]

Past Events

8th Annual Photo Contest Exhibit

May 12, 2017

Please join Friends to celebrate the beauty of the forest preserves as seen through the lenses of photographers in our community. Friday, May 12th, 2017 6 PM – 8 PM Franklin Framing 13019 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL 60406 Refreshments will be served. This event is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. You […]

Somme Winter Solstice Bonfire & Celebration

January 1, 2017

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.

Crystal Leaf Awards

November 16, 2016

6pm – 8pm BUY TICKETS – Just $50! Join our Friends community for the Crystal Leaf Awards Reception 2016 as we honor two of our founding members: Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Stephen Packard, conservationist. Mr. Packard and Ms. Shore have worked tirelessly to improve the forest preserves in Cook County while mentoring many in our community […]

Shrub Planting at Portage Woods

October 29, 2016

9am – 12pm Chicago Portage Historical Site 4800 Harlem Ave., River View, IL 60402 Help us plant native shrubs to increase bird habitat! This includes digging holes for the shrubs, mulching, watering, and then fencing in the shrubs. We have a lot of shrubs – help us plant all of them! All tools and supplies […]

Birds and Bikes on the Major Taylor Trail

October 23, 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 […]

Busse Woods Night Ride 2016

September 10, 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.

Bike Glenview – Forest Preserves Bike Ride

August 21, 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 […]

7th Annual Photo Contest Exhibit

June 17, 2016

Please join Friends of the Forest Preserves for an informal evening of art, inspired by nature. Refreshments will be served. Friday June 17th, 2016 6 PM – 8 PM Franklin Framing 13019 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL 60406 This event is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. You can make a donation in lieu […]

Nature Crafts Day at Whistler Woods

June 4, 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.  

Swing for Sustainability 2016

June 3, 2016

Golf at our annual Swing for Sustainability Open! At the Forest Preserves’ premier course: George W. Dunne National Golf Course 16310 Central Ave., Oak Forest, Illinois 60452 Friday, June 3rd, 2016 12:30 registration and range, 2 pm shotgun start, best ball. Ticket includes: Greens fees Range balls On-the-course drinks Open-bar reception Dinner with awards Reserve […]

One of our free recreation events in the Calumet region, in partnership with Fishin' Buddies. Here, our Forest Preserve Leadership Corps crew leader, Daiva Gylys, helps hand out awards to participants.
One of our free recreation events in the Calumet region, in partnership with Fishin' Buddies. Here, one of our Crew Managers, Daiva Gylys, helps hand out awards to participants.

Tours

Our tours focus on the natural and human histories of the sites – how they came to be what they are today. These sites are prime examples of the good things that happen when we wisely “manage nature”. The tours cover about 2 miles during 2 1/2 hours of walking but some of the trails are rough and not suitable for persons with physical disabilities. All tours are free, but we must limit participants to 25 on each tour because the trails are narrow.

Stay tuned for our next tours!

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