Forest Preserves of Cook County – Chicago, Illinois, USA


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In 1914, environmental visionaries in Cook County (greater Chicago) created the first forest preserve in the nation, with a mission “to acquire, restore and manage lands for the purpose of protecting and preserving public open space with its natural wonders, significant prairies, forests, wetlands, rivers, streams, and other landscapes with all of its associated wildlife, in a natural state for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public now and in the future.”

The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with more than 69,000-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, camping, and environmental education opportunities.

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September 21, 2015