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Welcome to the North Branch Restoration Project

Join us in the inspiring work of protecting and restoring rich diverse nature in the Cook County Forest Preserves!

Interested in a specific workday? Please RSVP or contact the stewards ahead of time (see Contacts at the bottom of each event).

Kent Fuller Air Station Prairie

Air Station Prairie 2400 Compass Rd, Glenview

Farther west in Glenview, along the west fork of the North Branch, is the Air Station Prairie. Sixty years of annual mowing as a security zone for the main runway of the...

Free

Watersmeet Prairie Grove

Watersmeet Prairie Grove 1899 winnetka road, northfield

Named for the joining of the Middle and East Forks of the North Branch of the Chicago River, Watersmeet Prairie Grove has a wide variety of communities, from a limey, wet woods...

Free

Oxbow Prairie

Oxbow Prairie 6800 N Caldwell Ave, Chicago

Oxbow Prairie, formed by an old loop in the river’s course, lies northwest of Bunker Hill Savanna. This old oxbow in the Chicago River’s North Branch is a combination of low, wet...

Free

Blue Star Memorial Woods

Blue Star Woods Forest Preserve 600 E Lake Ave, Glenview

At the center of the site is a nice oak woodland community; the northeast corner has wet oak woods with many sedges still present. Much of this site was heavily used first...

Free

Labagh-Hernandez Woods (by invitation)

Labagh-Hernandez Woods 5275 N. Cicero, Chicago

This site is an important migratory bird stop-over along the North Branch of the Chicago River. encompassing wet savanna, marsh, and mature floodplain woods dominated by swamp white oaks. Join an inspiring...

Somme Prairie Nature Preserve

Somme Prairie Nature Preserve 800 N Western Ave, Northbrook

Located in the village of Northbrook, in northern Cook County, these forest preserves span the original continuum of prairie to the west and north and savanna and woodland to the east and...

Free