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Chicago River Evening Paddle

Join us in a leisurely moonlit jaunt along the Chicago River as the sun sets and the river transitions to a nocturnal landscape. Witness how the river changes as you canoe along tree-lined banks through quiet neighborhoods. Use all of your senses and the light of the moon to guide you, and keep an eye out for wildlife. 

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LaBagh Woods Volunteer Workday

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system.

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series on the Riverwalk: Water Quality and Testing Methods

Spend your Monday lunches on the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife, or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Forest Glen Woods Volunteer Workday

Forest Glen is part of the Lower North Branch Preserves.  This unique woodland, savanna, and floodplain ecosystem needs help from our volunteer community to remove invasive plants, collect and distribute native seeds, and reduce erosion issues.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series on the Riverwalk: Floating Gardens

Spend your Monday lunches on the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife, or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Clayton Smith Woods Volunteer Workday

Join the North Branch Restoration Project with the Centennial Volunteers to restore this oak woodland to its former beauty!  This 76-acre site will depend on the community of volunteers to remove invasive species, spread native seed, and much more.  Large pin oaks are a unique feature of this preserve, which is also home to some beautiful spring ephemerals.

Register here!

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series on the Riverwalk: 1812 Chicago: A Scalping, a Murder, and a Massacre

Spend your Monday lunches on the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife, or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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Centennial Volunteer: Blue Star Memorial Woods

Be a part of river and forest revitalization by joining an inspiring movement of volunteers gathering to restore this special site along the Chicago River. Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our forest preserves and our river system.

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Forest Glen Woods Volunteer Workday

Forest Glen is part of the Lower North Branch Preserves.  This unique woodland, savanna, and floodplain ecosystem needs help from our volunteer community to remove invasive plants, collect and distribute native seeds, and reduce erosion.

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Friends' Summer Speaker Series on the Riverwalk: Riverworks Art in the River

Today is your last chance to spend your Monday lunch hour with us on the Chicago Riverwalk and gain perspective on river related topics.  We invite you to join us every Monday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to hear an expert tell you a little bit about the river, wildlife, or architecture along the river.  It is free and open to the public.  Join us on the museum's outdoor plaza on the Riverwalk. 

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North Branch Wilderness Paddle

Our most adventurous canoe trip of the season provides paddlers with a chance to glimpse local wildlife, including herons, turtles, mink and deer. We'll paddle six river miles from Winnetka to Morton Grove along the North Branch of the Chicago River, passing through quiet, forested landscapes as the narrow river meanders back and forth. 

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Moonlight Lagoons Paddle

Join us in an exclusive after-hours moonlit paddle through the Skokie Lagoons. Keep your eyes and ears open as the nocturnal world comes awake! Night paddling is not normally permitted in the Forest Preserves, so this is a special opportunity to experience the lagoons from a rare perspective. 

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