Check out some of the great upcoming events in the Cook County Forest Preserves:
|May 24 – September 1
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
| Butterflies & Blooms at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to North and South America, Asia and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Ticket Fee Applies.
|Films in the Forest at Deer Grove, Palatine
“Jens Jensen: The Living Green” (not rated) A century ago, a rebellious Dane, Jens Jensen rose from street sweeper to “dean of landscaping architects” to pioneering conservationist. His story dramatizes an environmental battle that lasted five decades, culmination in the creation of the nation’s first urban national park.
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
|Ecosystem Exploration at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
What exactly is an ecosystem? This two-hour hike will explore Sand Ridge’s eight different ecosystems. Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and dress for the weather!
|September 6 & 7
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
|A River Through History at Columbia Woods, Willow Springs
Look back 200 years to frontier life and enjoy food, music, crafts, reenactments, canoe races, games and more! Admission between $5 and $10. Go to www.ariverthruhistory.com for more information.
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
|Fishin’ Buddies Fall Fishing Derby at Wampum Lake
This annual family fishing derby is perfect for all skill levels. Register at fbderby.com