Chicago outdoors: Monthly photography opps & Cook County wilds

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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is once again doing monthly gatherings for photographers of all skill levels.

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CALLING ALL NATURE LOVERS AND PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS Forest Preserves of Cook County to Host Series of Photo Meet-Ups in 2014 for Professional and Amateur Photographers Alike The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting its second year of Photo Meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Whether you’re using an advanced SLR camera, a point-and-shoot or a smart phone, photographing nature scenes and subjects can be both rewarding and challenging. The 2014 series begins January 25. Each event will take place at 10 am on the fourthSaturday of each month at one of the Forest Preserves’ six nature centers, or a nearby location selected for its photography potential. Each gathering will feature a Forest Preserve naturalist leading a brief tour of the area, highlighting interesting and unusual plants, scenic vistas and locations frequented by wildlife. During and after the tour, photographers can capture images and share tips and suggestions for getting the best shot. Photographers are encouraged to share their photos with the Forest Preserves’ Flickr group –http://www.flickr.com/groups/fpdcc/. The schedule for the year is below. Photographers should meet at the appropriate nature center at 10 am. For more information, visit www.fpdcc.com. January 25 Sagawau Environmental Learning Center 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont Call 630-257-2045 to register. February 22 Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010 Palatine Rd. 1 mile west of Barrington Rd. March 22 Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center 9800 S. Willow Spring Rd., Willow Springs April 26 River Trail Nature Center. Meet at nature center before traveling to nearby photo location. 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook May 24 Grassy Ridge Meadow Meet in parking lot. 1182 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates Hosted by Crabtree Nature Center June 28 Bemis Woods South Meet at the information sign near Grove 6. Ogden and Wolf Roads, Westchester Hosted by the Trailside Museum of Natural History July 26 Sand Ridge Prairie Nature Preserve Meet in the Sand Ridge Nature Center parking lot before carpooling to the photo location. 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland Hosted by the Sand Ridge Nature Center August 23 Swallow Cliff South Entrance is off of La Grange Road, just south of Rt. 83. Hosted by the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center September 27 River Trail Nature Center Meet at nature center before carpooling to nearby photo location. 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook October 25 Thatcher Woods 8030 Chicago Avenue, River Forest Entrance is just west of Thatcher Avenue. Hosted by the Trailside Museum November 22 Sagawau Environmental Learning Center 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont Canyon tour possible with pre-registration (call 630-257-2045 to register). December 27 Sand Ridge Nature Center 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland # # # About the Forest Preserves of Cook County The Forest Preserves of Cook County is the oldest and largest forest preserve system in the nation, maintaining more than 68,000 acres of open land for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public. The agency strives to protect and restore the county’s diverse ecosystems, so all our unique native plants and animals can live and thrive. Each year, millions of people use these lands and facilities to enjoy or study nature, bicycle, hike, fish, cross-country ski, picnic, golf, canoe, or simply relax in a large preserve that leaves urban life behind. For more information on the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit www.fpdcc.com.

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