Cook County Commissioner Morrison hosting Virtual Outdoors Week

Daily Herald report
Updated 6/15/2020 1:53 PM

With his second annual Outdoors Day canceled as a result of physical distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison instead is inviting the public to participate in Virtual Outdoors Week.

Starting Monday, Morrison is hosting a series of free, live events online to celebrate nature and explore the outdoors. All live events will be streamed on Commissioner Morrison's Facebook page,


"The health and safety of my constituents is more important than any one event, but just because we can't get together in person this year doesn't mean we can't celebrate nature and explore the beautiful outdoor spaces we have in the Northwest suburbs safely and responsibly," Morrison said. "We've worked with our community partners to put on an incredible slate of programming that I think will be fun and informative for all ages."

Virtual Outdoors Week will feature four live Facebook events, including Bringing the Zoo to You with Brookfield Zoo at 1 p.m. Tuesday, where the audience will get a virtual visit from Quilbert the Porcupine and Casper the Snake and will be able to ask a Brookfield Zoo animal trainer questions live. Chicago Botanic Garden will be featured in a live event at 11 a.m. Wednesday. And at noon Friday, Morrison will host Smart Cycling with Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove.

In addition to the live events, the public will be invited to participate in Virtual Outdoors Week Bingo and a Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win prizes donated by Moretti's Schaumburg and Brookfield Zoo.

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