The Forest Preserve District of Cook County recently launched a process to create a Recreation Master Plan, and we would like your input. The Recreation Master Plan will provide the District with a blueprint for how to enhance existing recreation opportunities and identify new ones compatible with our mission. The District has over 68,000 acres, offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, birding, golfing, skiing and more. We are hosting a series of hour-long focus groups throughout the county. In addition to the focus groups, we are conducting a public survey and formed an advisory committee led by our Board of Commissioners.
The complete focus group schedule includes:
*This is a brown-bag lunch meeting but light refreshments will be served. Thank you.
When & Where
Forest Preserves of Cook County
The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with more than 68,000-acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 40 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. This natural heritage offers something for everyone:
- Oak woodlands and savannas
- Tallgrass prairies
- Native wetlands
- Migratory fly-ways that afford spectacular birding
- 22 dedicated nature preserves
- 40 managed lakes and ponds
- 7 major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked and offer glimpses of waterflow and shorebirds
- 300 miles of marked trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing
- Scenic spots for painting, photography or quiet reflection