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Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

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

Ongoing Birdhouse Building Contest  at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Build a creative birdhouse this spring! We’ll set them up along our trails, and visitors can vote for their favorites all summer. Limited to 30 entries. Houses due 5/26.
April 11-13
Friday – Sunday
10am – 5pm
Antique and Garden Fair at the Chicago Botanic Garden Develop the unique character of your garden and home with garden furniture, antiques, vintage décor, and botanically themed merchandise offered by more than a hundred dealers from around the world.
April 15th
Tuesday
10am – 3pm
Spring Break Out Adventures at Caldwell Woods, Chicago Spring is finally here-time to “break out” and enjoy the outdoors. Youth and families are invited for a day of exploration. Activities include team-building fun, hikes using GPS, animal pelt stations, art making and more. Come for the whole day or just an hour. Call 708-771-1010 for details.
April 26th
Saturday
1pm
Earth Day Walk to McDonald Woods at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Meet at the What’s in Bloom cart in front of the Visitor Center.
April 27th
Sunday
12pm – 4pm
Arbor Day Celebration at LaBagh Woods, 5400 N. Cicero, Chicago Enjoy tree plantings, tree ID, tree-caching, scavenger hunts, art projects and more.
May 10th
Saturday
12pm – 4pm
International Migratory Bird Day Festival at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Celebrate the return of birds to their breeding range with an afternoon of activities.
May 18th
Sunday
8am
Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon at Sand Ridge Nature Center, and South Holland Join the second oldest continual canoe race in the United States! Race begins at Oak Springs Road in Libertyville and ends at Dam #2 in Mount Prospect. Free for spectators. Race starts at 8 am. Activities at Dam #2 start at 11 am.
 

Paid Summer Opportunity in the Forest Preserves

Friends of the Forest Preserves is once again offering a paid summer high school program in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.   The Chicago Conservation Leadership Program is a paid summer internship program for high school students.  The internship is a 6-week program that includes a stipend. Students learn about local ecology and get their hands dirty working on conservation projects.

The Friends of the Forest Preserves is now accepting applications for crew members and for adult leaders.  The application deadline is April 16, 2013.

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CDBG & ESG Applications Available Online

county sealThe 2014 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and ESG (Emergency Solutions Grants) applications and related materials are now available for download on the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development’s website.

CDBG and ESG Applications are due on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 4:00pm.

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National Spay/Neuter Month in Cook County

February is National Spay/Neuter month and the Cook County Department of Animal & Rabies Control is offering a rebate for spay/neuter costs to help solve our country’s pet overpopulation problem.

Cook County is again partnering with private veterinarians to offer discounted spay and neuter services for pets. This program provides discounts of up to $40 per procedure. and is available for up to two pets per household.  Pet owners can simply go to their veterinarian of choice and ask for the Cook County Discount.

To ensure eligibility for the program, veterinarians will confirm the animal is up to date on rabies shots and the owner is a Cook County resident. Veterinarians handle all paperwork associated with the discount, which will be applied at the point of service. Continue reading “National Spay/Neuter Month in Cook County” »

 

2013 Senior Exemption Applications

The Cook County Assessor’s Office has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption applications for 2013 property tax bills.  Illinois Law requires seniors to reapply annually for their property tax exemptions.

Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year.  The deadline for the application is February 5, 2014. Continue reading “2013 Senior Exemption Applications” »