Friends of the Forest Preserves

Address: 411 South Wells #300
Chicago, IL 60607
County: Cook
Phone: (312)356-9990
Fax: (312)356-9991
Web Page:
Mission: We unite people to protect, promote, and care for the forest preserves in Cook County.
Description: Friends of the Forest Preserves is the only independent non-profit organization solely focused on the forest preserves in Cook County.

Founded in 1998 by a small group of concerned citizens, Friends is now a force of more than 2,000 members and thousands of committed volunteers and forest preserve users. Through political advocacy, ecological stewardship, and community engagement, we ensure the forest preserves will always be a source of education, enjoyment, and recreation for us and future generations.

We’re most proud of our award-winning Conservation Corps programs for high school students and young adults, often from low-income neighborhoods on the south and west sides of Chicago. Conservation Corps members contribute hours of ecological stewardship while becoming advocates for the preserves. They gain vital leadership and teamwork skills that can be used in future careers in conservation or any field.

As an independent nonprofit organization, we work tirelessly to safeguard and improve the forest preserves for you and generations to come.