We unite people to protect, promote, and care for the forest preserves in Cook County.
Friends takes a diverse approach to protecting, restoring, and promoting the forest preserves of Cook County. From engaging political and community leaders in policy decisions, to recruiting volunteers and contractors to restore forest preserves to ecological health, to providing paid jobs and training for the county's youth, Friends works to get everyone involved to help keep the forest preserves healthy and preserved for future generations.
The people that my friend and I met during the weekend work day were absolutely delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed going through the woods as we were chatting about different plants and learning about how they preserve this area's natural species. I look forward to working with them again!
This is a great activity for myself and my 2 teenage sons. We started participation over winter and found it a rewarding local project we can return to regularly.
Bill, the steward of our local area (McCormick Woods) is welcoming and enthusiastic, and encouraging to everyone.