Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

Check out some of the great upcoming events in the Cook County Forest Preserves:

August 11
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Upper Des Plaines Paddle & Clean-Up at Dam No. 1 Woods, Wheeling
Join in clean-up efforts as we paddle along the river, learn about aquatic life, and why it is important to keep our rivers clean. Tools provided. All ages. Registration required.
August 11 & 12
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kite Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois. The festival takes place in the meadow west of Evening Island. Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream, beverages and many lunch options will be available for purchase on-site.
August 18
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hummingbird Fest at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont
Join us for activities, viewing and demos of how the birds are banded for tracking and research purposes.
August 22
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
River Kayaking 101 at Trailside Museum, River Forest
Instruction provided prior to a short paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Perfect for new kayakers! Registration required – call (312)533-5751.