After a cold and snowy winter, the Forest Preserves of Cook County are the perfect cure for cabin fever. In addition to daily programs at the Forest Preserves’ six Nature Centers, the spring season also includes a number of special events taking place in locations throughout the county. All events are family-friendly and free.
“Spring is a time of new beginnings. Plants emerge, animals start families, hikers and bikers reappear,” Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said. “This spring, we invite you to head out to the Forest Preserves with your family and friends for a nature festival, photo meet-up, paddling tour or just a stroll along one of our many trails.”
For a complete list of spring events in the Forest Preserve District, visit www.fpdcc.com/events. (All events are free unless otherwise noted).
Annual Earth Day Parks and Preserves Cleanup
Saturday, April 26 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Whistler Woods, 480 Acme Drive, Riverdale
Help clean up the preserves in the morning, and then celebrate with fun activities, recycling, hikes and more. Register at earthdaychicago.com. In partnership with Friends of the Parks.
Nature Block Party: A Celebration of Biodiversity
Saturday, May 17 • Noon – 4 p.m.
Eggers Grove, 11201 S. Ave. B, Chicago
Discover the flora and fauna of the urban preserves with restoration activities, bird hikes, tree hikes, biking and more. Nearby Powers Recreation Area will be open for additional activities. Part of Urban Biodiversity Week, May 11-18. More at urbanbioweek.illinois.gov.
Aquatic Center Opening Weekend
Saturday – Monday, May 24 – 26 • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Forest Preserves’ Aquatic Centers open Memorial Day Weekend.
Opening day May 24 is free
• Green Lake Aquatic Center, 1100 River Oaks Drive, Calumet City