Preckwinkle announces summer forest preserve programs

March 9, 2011 3:16:04 PM PST
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is trying to get more young people involved in the outdoors.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talked Wednesday about new programming that's designed to attract students. This summer, forest preserve officials want 2,000 youths to visit its nature centers. The goal is to provide young people from Chicago and several suburbs with an introduction to the forest preserves and new outdoor experiences.

"The forest preserves are a vital resource and the more people we can introduce to these great outdoor opportunities the better. Cook County can do more to help young people foster an appreciation of nature and that's what we're going to try to do here," Preckwinkle said.

The initiative will be funded in part by the district's Greens for Teens annual golf tournament.