Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a Party for the Preserves
The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting its annual Party for the Preserves, and everyone is invited. All day long on Saturday, Sept. 25, Cook County residents and visitors can enjoy various activities and programs throughout many forest preserve locations in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Here are the events happening in preserves in the North and Northwest suburbs. Some events require registration, and all programs require masks and social distancing. For details and a full schedule, visit fpdcc.com/celebrate-local-public-lands-with-party-for-the-preserves.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• SOLO (Select Organized Litter Obliterators) Cleanup
Help protect public lands by participating in your own SOLO cleanup. At select locations you can collect cleanup supplies and do your part by picking up litter in the Preserves. SOLO supplies are available to pick up at:
Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Restoration Workday and Celebration
Deer Grove West, Grove 1 & 2; entrance on west side of Quentin Road, north of Dundee Road
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with restoration work at Deer Grove Forest Preserve. Bring your reusable water bottle and wear sturdy shoes with long pants. Event organizers will provide the rest! For details, visit bit.ly/3kuGJpJ or email DeerGroveNAV@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills
Experience a walk-through time and a discussion on the early days and forming of Crabtree Nature Center.
Party for the Preserves: Birds of Prey
River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Meet one of our raptors and learn what makes these winged hunters so unique.
Party for the Preserves: Community Powwow
Bunker Hill, Grove 1
West Harts Road, southwest of West Touhy Ave., Niles
Join to celebrate Native American culture while recognizing the themes of 'Every Child Matters' and National Public Lands Day. Enjoy traditional Powwow, native food, and listen to stories of culture from the area. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange.