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Sand Ridge Nature Center

Sand Ridge Nature Center One of six educational centers in the Forest Preserves of County, Illinois, nature centers are the gateway to understanding and appreciating the diverse landscape of ecosystems, animals, and plant life in Cook County.

Sand Ridge Nature Center offers guided nature walks, demonstrations, and special events year round. Visitors can enjoy up to 4 miles of trails. Each trail passes through a number of habitats, including prairies, oak savannas and woodlands on ancient beaches and sand dunes, marshes and ponds. Trail maps and program brochures are available at the nature center. Field trips for schools and groups may

Sand Ridge Nature Center offers guided nature walks, demonstrations, and special events year round. Visitors can enjoy up to 4 miles of trails. Each trail passes through a number of habitats, including prairies, oak savannas and woodlands on ancient beaches and sand dunes, marshes and ponds. Trail maps and program brochures are available at the nature center. Field trips for schools and groups may

Operating as usual

Don't be fooled! A dead tree can still support life, something local woodpeckers are well aware of; Which is why there a...
04/24/2022

Don't be fooled! A dead tree can still support life, something local woodpeckers are well aware of; Which is why there are fresh holes in this tree. Woodpeckers can peck 20 times per second when drilling through bark for food

When you head out on the trail this Spring keep your eyes out for returning birds. These mallards are back after spendin...
04/22/2022

When you head out on the trail this Spring keep your eyes out for returning birds. These mallards are back after spending winter in the warmer climate of southern United States

Sand Ridge Campus is home to the Forest Preserves' deepest fishing lake, Green Lake, which is ideal for inland trout who...
04/06/2022
Fishing Near Chicago - Forest Preserves of Cook County

Sand Ridge Campus is home to the Forest Preserves' deepest fishing lake, Green Lake, which is ideal for inland trout who prefer deep waters. Grab your poles and head over to the lake's two new fishing outcropping for a great day on the water. Don't forget your Illinois fishing license with trout stamp.

The Forest Preserves manages over 40 waterbodies for recreational sport fishing. On this page: Fishing RegulationsFishing Lakes Accessible Fishing

#nature #community #ParkForestIL
03/17/2022

#nature #community #ParkForestIL

How should we improve Sauk Trail Woods to better serve your community? What kind of events and activities would you like...
03/14/2022
“Connecting People to Nature Challenge” Brings Increased Investment, Community Engagement - Forest Preserves of Cook County

How should we improve Sauk Trail Woods to better serve your community? What kind of events and activities would you like to be involved in there?
Share your ideas and learn more about our Connecting People to Nature Challenge at an open house community meeting.
The Forest Preserves is investing $1 million across three locations in Cook County through our Connecting People to Nature Challenge: https://fpdcc.com/connecting-people-to-nature-challenge.../
About Sauk Trail Woods: https://fpdcc.com/places/locations/sauk-trail-woods/
Refreshments served. The event will comply with Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines.
For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call 708-771-1573.
https://www.facebook.com/events/3063243817221852

The new Connecting People to Nature Challenge will showcase what the Forest Preserves of Cook County offers, aiming to encourage local residents to

03/05/2022
With snow-covered landscapes and peaceful scenery, winter is a wonderful time to take photos in the Forest Preserves of ...
02/19/2022

With snow-covered landscapes and peaceful scenery, winter is a wonderful time to take photos in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Images captured this season can be submitted to the annual Photo Contest in August 2022, when we’ll be looking for your very best photos of landscapes, plants, insects, birds & and other wildlife and pictures that highlight the seasons.
More info here: fpdcc.com/things-to-do/photography-filming/photo-contest/

We are so excited to announce local author Carrie Steinweg will be doing an in-person reading of her latest book 'So Man...
02/16/2022

We are so excited to announce local author Carrie Steinweg will be doing an in-person reading of her latest book 'So Many Ways to Say I Love You'. After the reading, we will be doing a nature-themed Valentine's Day artmaking project. The event is free to attend, call the nature center for more information.
Please note: Registration is required for this program.
Event Page: 'So Many Ways to Say I Love You' Author Reading

Our Underground Railroad walk is back! On Saturday, February 26th, learn about the harrowing journey thousands of freedo...
02/11/2022

Our Underground Railroad walk is back! On Saturday, February 26th, learn about the harrowing journey thousands of freedom seekers took through the Calumet Region in this self-guided experience. The walks highlight key stops and people that helped freedom seekers along the way and explores some of the tribulations they faced.

02/05/2022
It's going to be a full house tomorrow for our MLK Day of Service: Give Back to the Land including Cook County board pre...
01/16/2022
Give Back to the Land During Cook County Forest Preserves’ MLK Day of Service Events

It's going to be a full house tomorrow for our MLK Day of Service: Give Back to the Land including Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle. Check out the interactive map in the link below to find a site near you.

In honor of Monday’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, Cook County Forest Preserves is hosting volunteer activities at a number of sites across the forest preserve district, from habitat restoration to litter cleanups.

The Little Calumet River and the African American Heritage Water Trail spearheaded by Openlands was number 29 on this li...
01/15/2022
52 Places for a Changed World

The Little Calumet River and the African American Heritage Water Trail spearheaded by Openlands was number 29 on this list put out by The New York Times!
"This list, instead, highlights places where change is actually happening — where endangered wild lands are being preserved, threatened species are being protected, historical wrongs are being acknowledged, fragile communities are being bolstered — and where travelers can be part of the change."

The 2022 list highlights places around the globe where travelers can be part of the solution.

01/08/2022
Adventure awaits any time of year! The nature center has snowshoes to rent free of charge on a first come, first serve b...
01/02/2022

Adventure awaits any time of year! The nature center has snowshoes to rent free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Explore our trails in a new way and see if any wildlife have left tracks in the snow.

12/30/2021
Cook County leaders are creating the region’s first-ever bike plan — and one that emphasizes equity.You can weigh in too...
12/30/2021
Cook County wants to make biking more accessible. Here’s how.

Cook County leaders are creating the region’s first-ever bike plan — and one that emphasizes equity.

You can weigh in too. The county has created a website (posted in the comments of this post) where residents can share their bike experiences and suggest ways to improve them. One unique way is to ‘pin’ your idea to a map.

The county is working on its first-ever bike plan with a special emphasis on making access to bike paths more equitable across the region.

Wild and Wonderful: Wildflowers!
12/28/2021
Wild and Wonderful: Wildflowers!

Wild and Wonderful: Wildflowers!

The Forest Preserves of Cook County presents Wild and Wonderful: Wildflowers!From spring to fall, the forest preserves are filled with so many different kind...

12/26/2021
12/23/2021
Join University of Illinois Extension for a two-partworkshop series on native landscape design.The workshop series is fr...
12/15/2021

Join University of Illinois Extension for a two-part
workshop series on native landscape design.
The workshop series is free but registration is
required and space is limited.

REGISTER HERE:
GO.ILLINOIS.EDU/NATIVEDESIGN

Today is a full day here at Sand Ridge Campus! DIY Green Holiday (Drop-in) is happening now at the nature center until 2...
12/11/2021
DIY Green Holiday - Forest Preserves of Cook County

Today is a full day here at Sand Ridge Campus! DIY Green Holiday (Drop-in) is happening now at the nature center until 2pm, Naturalist Alex is at Homewood Science Center for their STEM Saturdays, and Director Stephen will be at Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts for their Santa STEAM Fair!

Learn how to green up your holiday gift giving, wrapping and entertaining. All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a mask indoors at all times.

The Holidays can be a hectic time of year.  So why not take some time to relax and reflect along our poetry trail?  Thro...
12/09/2021

The Holidays can be a hectic time of year. So why not take some time to relax and reflect along our poetry trail? Through the end of this month, we will have nature-inspired poems set out along Pines Trail. Tell us which poem is your favorite, or share your favorite poem with us. Be sure to include some time for fresh air in your plans. Happy Holidays!

Don't forget, today from 2:30-5:30 is our third and final workshop to discuss River Oaks and Burnham Woods golf courses....
12/04/2021

Don't forget, today from 2:30-5:30 is our third and final workshop to discuss River Oaks and Burnham Woods golf courses. Attend in person or virtually. Call the nature center at (224) 501-6634 if you have any questions.

Sand Prairie Naturalist Notes:  How snow is formedYou may have heard that each snowflake is unique, and this is very tru...
12/03/2021

Sand Prairie Naturalist Notes: How snow is formed

You may have heard that each snowflake is unique, and this is very true. Have you ever wondered how a snowflake is formed? Tiny particles of dust are in the air, and these particles are so lightweight that they can be carried down with precipitation (rain and snow). During the winter, rain quickly freezes and turns to snow. As that snowflake falls, ice crystals bind to the dust participle and begin to grow around it. In the middle of every snowflake is a microscopic spec of dust!

We never know when our first snowfall will be, so join us tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am as we make our own snow for our next Nature for Little Ones! https://fpdcc.com/event/nature-for-little-ones-no-snow-no-problem/

Image credits: Charles Schmitt (blue arrow added to show dust particle location)

11/30/2021
Wild & Wonderful Teaser

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is producing a youth #education series called Wild & Wonderful as part of Cook County's #ProjectRainbow initiative. Check out Sand Ridge Nature Center Naturalists Alex and Lanie as they explore our grounds in search of wildflowers, pollinators, and mammal clues!

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15891 Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL
60473

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

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+17088680606

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Nature Center grounds, trails and bathrooms are now open seven days per week, from 8 am to 4 pm.

Nature center exhibit buildings remain closed and parking will be limited to 50% capacity to help limit crowding.

For a comprehensive list of visitor precautions and guidelines, visit our COVID-19 web page: https://fpdcc.com/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-events-locations-precautions/

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More #BlackHistory in the Preserves about the Underground Railroad. Take your family on a self-guided walk at Sand Ridge Nature Center Saturday Feb. 26. #BlackHistoryMonth #undergroundrailroad #Forestpreserves #forestpreservefoundation
This week, check out our virtual tour of the Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland. With fish and reptile exhibits, replica log cabins and 4 miles of walking trail, the Sand Ridge Nature Center is perfect for your next environmental excursion. https://bit.ly/3uX8Rc5
***REPOST*** Sand Ridge Nature Center Our Underground Railroad walk is back! On Saturday, February 26th, learn about the harrowing journey thousands of freedom seekers took through the Calumet Region in this self-guided experience. The walks highlight key stops and people that helped freedom seekers along the way and explores some of the tribulations they faced.
I really enjoyed the winter hike this afternoon. ☃ Beautiful day.
*** REPOST*** Sand Ridge Nature Center Cook County leaders are creating the region’s first-ever bike plan — and one that emphasizes equity. You can weigh in too. The county has created a website (posted in the comments of this post) where residents can share their bike experiences and suggest ways to improve them. One unique way is to ‘pin’ your idea to a map.
👀🚗CCDPH Mobile Vaccination partners will be out and about all weekend! Get a shot in Harvey, Illinois , Lyons, Sauk Village, Illinois , Arlington Heights, Illinois, and more! Gt your kids 12+ vaxxed at a pumpkin hunt at the Sand Ridge Nature Center https://cookcountypublichealth.org/calendar/
Hope some of you are able to make it out and experience the beauty of Sand Ridge Nature Center ! What a fun event!
Today's the day! Enjoy the beautiful weather during Sand Ridge Nature Center's annual Archaeology Day going on now until 2pm.
Our sister nature center, Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland, recently underwent some enhancements and awaits your visit. Learn what makes this site a natural gem in the Calumet Region of Chicago.
Just a note to let everyone know that I, a Midwest author, have a new kids book out celebrating birds and their songs, such as the cardinal's wheet, wheet, wheet, birdie, birdie, birdie! I'm hoping WHO IS SINGING helps kids (and adults) recognize and treasure the birds singing all around them! https://www.janethalfmannauthor.com https://www.amazon.com/Who-Singing-Janet-Halfmann/dp/1954868375/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=who+is+singing&qid=1629904729&s=books&sr=1-5 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/who-is-singing-janet-halfmann/1139971743?ean=9781954868373
Grand REopening of the newly renovated Sand Ridge Nature Center Pictured with; Forest Preserve Superintendent Arnold Randall, Commissioner Stanley Moore, President Toni Preckwinkle, and Colleen Callahan, Director, IL Department of Natural resources. It’s a beautiful day to go an explore all the new amazing jewels right here in the Southland! Get out and explore the forest preserve! #OneCookCounty #GoDonnaGo #gooutside