The annual Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Party for the Preserves Sept. 23 kicks off fall forest events that run through November and marks two historic anniversaries--the 30th anniversary of National Public Lands Day and the 60th anniversary of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.
Party for the Preserves offers a full day of fun, from a bilingual bird walk at 8:30 a.m. to a Funkadesi concert followed by s’mores and night walks 12 hours later.
Six free events will be held as part of this year’s Party for the Preserves:
Bilingual Bird Migration Walk/Caminata Bilingüe Sobre la Migración de Aves: 8:30 a.m., Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont.
Bike Ride: Party for the Preserves: 10 a.m., Beaubien Woods in Chicago.
Salsa Dance: 11 a.m., Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest.
Party for the Preserves Program: noon, Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington.
Fourth Annual Fall Nature Fest: noon, LaBagh Woods, Foster and Cicero in Chicago.
Party for the Preserves: 4 p.m., includes paddling on the lake, food and more, to be followed by Funkadesi concert, ending with optional night walks and s’mores, Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs.