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Forest Preserves of Cook County Events and Programs – February 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Special to
by Cook County Forest Preserves


Yoga in the Preserves

Fulfill your New Year’s Resolution with Forest Preserves Commissioner Kevin Morrison at the Rolling Knolls Pavilion. TriBalance Yoga studio will teach two, free classes. No experience necessary. After class refreshments provided. Call 847-519-7674 for more information. Class 1: 9-9:45am; Class 2: 10-10:45am.

Saturday, Feb 1 • 9-11:30 am

Rolling Knolls Pavilion – 11N260 Rohrssen Rd, Elgin

Date Night in the Starlight

Couples, friends and families celebrate Valentine’s Day with hors d’oeuvres, animal encounters, campfire treats and a candlelit hike. $5/person. Ages 18 & up, dress for the weather. registration required; call 847-381-6592.

Friday, Feb 14 • 7 pm

Crabtree Nature Center – 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills

Winter Wellness

Don’t let the cold weather get you down! Tune into nature with a guided meditation with staff from Elgin’s Gail Borden Public Library. Registration required.

Saturday, Feb 22 • Noon-2 pm

Rolling Knolls – 11N260 Rohrssen Rd, Elgin

Starry Night

Join us along with the Northwest Suburban Astronomers as we scan the skies for celestial objects. Registration required; call 847-381-6592.

Saturday, Feb 22 • 6 pm

Crabtree Nature Center – 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills


Public Information Meeting: Des Plaines Trail Improvements

The Des Plaines River Trail Advisory Group and the Forest Preserves of Cook County will present existing conditions and the need for trail improvements, proposed trail alternatives and evaluation results, and seek public input regarding the project. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format. Attendees can review exhibits, provide comments and meet with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Trail Advisory Group members and consultant representatives on a one-on-one basis.

Wednesday, Feb 19 • 4-7 pm

Franklin Park Police Department – 9451 Belmont Ave, Franklin Ave

Winter Watercolors

Join us for a winter art workshop as we explore the beauty of nature through watercolor painting. Materials provided. All ages.

Saturday, Feb 29 • 10 am-1 pm

Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center – 6100 N Central Ave, Chicago


Fireside Yoga

Bring your mat and join us for an indoor yoga class surrounded by nature. Ages 12 & up. Registration required; call 708-366-6530.

Saturday, Feb 1 • 9 am

Thatcher Woods Pavilion – Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Groundhog Day

Hear how this animal got its own holiday, do special activities and make your own groundhog weather predictor. All ages.

Sunday, Feb 2 • 1 pm

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Winter Exploration Day

Learn to navigate using new-found orienteering skills, make a craft using natural materials, track animals and learn photography skills.

Saturday, Feb 8 • Noon-3 pm

Thatcher Woods Pavilion – Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Makin Music Bluegrass Jam

Come play along or just listen at our indoor jam. Make a simple musical instrument or bring your own. All are welcome to these free events!

Sunday, Feb 9 • 1 pm

Thatcher Woods Pavilion – Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave, River Forest

The Des Plaines River and the Underground Railroad Walk

Take a guided hike along the Des Plaines River to a site that was part of the Underground Railroad.

Sunday, Feb 23 • 1 pm

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Nature Story Time

Enjoy nature-inspired stories followed by a craft. Children ages 3-6 w/adult.

Thursdays, Feb 6 & 20 • 10:30 am

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest


Cold Weather Crafting

Enjoy a cozy winter morning inside with hot beverages and listening to the crackle of a fire while creating nature-themed art.

Saturday, Feb 1 • 10 am-12:30 pm

Swallow Cliff-North Pavilion – Calumet Sag Rd, west of La Grange Rd, Palos Hills

African American Leaders in Conservation Essay Contest

Calling all 6th to 12th grade conservation minded authors! Tell us about one of your favorite African American leaders in conservation and what made them a strong leader. The purpose of this contest is to highlight the contributions and impacts that African American leaders in conservation have made both in the field and in their communities. Entries are due February 8. Winners will be notified on February 16, and will be invited to read their essay at the nature center on Sunday, February 23.

Snowshoe Trekking

Enjoy the Forest Preserves on snowshoes! Conditions permitting; 4” of hard snow required.

Sunday, Feb 9 • 11 am-2 pm

Camp Bullfrog Lake – 9600 Wolf Rd, Willow Springs


Hike the Preserves: Fitness Hike

Fitness hikes are for those looking to get some exercise outdoors. Fitness hikes will be faster paced with little to no stopping or interpretation. Total distance: 3.4 miles.

Saturday, Feb 15 • 10 am

Sauk Trail Woods-Central – Forest Preserve Dr, south of W 26th St, South Chicago Heights

Hike the Preserves: Walk & Talk

Walk & Talk hikes are for those who want to know more about the Forest Preserves and natural areas. These hikes will be led at a slower pace with frequent stopping and interpretation. Total distance: 2 miles.

Saturday, Feb 15 • 10 am

Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center – S Western Ave & W 87th St, Chicago

Canned Heat the Chicago Way: Hot Giardiniera

Learn the history of food canning, make and take home giardiniera. In partnership with Urban Growers Collaborative. Registration required; call 708-386-4042.

Saturday, Feb 22 • 10 am-Noon

Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion – W 87th St & S Western Ave, Chicago

Black History Month: Underground Railroad Hikes

Join us on a narrated journey that follows the Underground Railroad route in the Calumet Region during the mid-1800s.

Saturday, Feb 23 • Hikes at 11 am & 2 pm

Sand Ridge Nature Center – 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland


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