Living in an urban area constantly under development we hear calls for city officials and developers to plan for more green space. The benefits of spending time in nature are well documented; reduced stress, better sleep, and overall well-being. While building and maintaining urban parks is something we still need to advocate for, since 1915 there has been a large green area on the outer belt of Chicago known as the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Kevin Kuhn, Volunteer Program Specialist with the Forest Preserves came to the Jan. 21, 2020 meeting of the Evanston Bicycle Club to provide an update.
The numbers of the Forest Preserve district are impressive:
There is a wealth of information about the history, plans, events, and volunteer opportunities from the Forest Preserves of Cook County web site which points out ways to experience the great outdoors in our own backyard. You can sign up for their monthly newsletter called Forest Way to stay in touch.
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