Give Back to the Land During Cook County Forest Preserves’ MLK Day of Service Events

(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

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.

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Opportunities include habitat restoration projects and self-led litter cleanups.

“The lessons Dr. King left us about the necessity of equity and the power of community are a transcendent gift for every American. Every day, we can choose to make a difference,” said Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County board president, who will take part in events at Sand Ridge Nature Center Monday.

Additional information is available online about ways to volunteer at the forest preserves throughout the year.

On Monday, bags and gloves will be provided for volunteers at the following locations:

— Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes ecological restoration and invasive species removal and a self-guided poetry trail walk.

— Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 West 111th St., Lemont; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center, West 87th Street and South Western Avenue, Chicago; noon to 3 p.m. Meet at Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion. Includes a self-guided storybook trail, tree walk and activity bags for learning at home.

— Caldwell Woods, West Devon Avenue and North Nagle Avenue, Chicago; 1-3 p.m.

— Miller Meadow-South, South 1st Avenue, Forest Park; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet at Grove #6.

— Sauk Trail Woods-North, West 26th Street west of Euclid Avenue, South Chicago Heights; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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