Outdoor Activities

Photo Collage from Ald. Merrick 2021 Mothers Day Flower Pop Up Event
Overdose Awareness Day Event
Ward 1 Care Package Giveaway Event
Ward 1 Alderman Renee Smith hosted a Care Package Drive-thru Giveaway event at Barack Obama School. Care package items included face masks, hand sanitizer, Census literature and other essential items. Special thanks to Mayor David Gonzalez, Principal Grant from Barack Obama School, Grand Legacy Group & Comunidad En Accion for your support!
2019 - Flyer - Thorn Creek Environmental Club

Food Assistance - Fresh Produce Give Away

Chicago Heights Park District Free Produce Distribution

Click image to visit Union Street Art Gallery's website

Artists in the park

City of Chicago Heights Community Service Officer Tracey Garcia and her tiny helper spend some time with Plain Air Painting during the Artists in the Park event sponsored by Union Street Gallery. For information on more events like this one, visit the Union Street Art Gallery website, or click the image above.

Chicago Heights Bike Trails!!!

CH Bike Path
CH Bike Path 2

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Did you know some birds sing notes too high for humans to hear? Or that ospreys almost always carry fish parallel to their bodies to improve aerodynamics? Have you ever seen a heron eat a fish whole, or a crow using homemade tools catch their prey? The native and migrating birds that can be spotted in the Forest Preserves of Cook County are as unique and diverse as the Forest Preserves themselves!

New and experienced birders can enjoy this fun and versatile year-round activity while experiencing the many amenities offered throughout the Forest Preserves, including miles of marked trails, major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked, dedicated nature preserves, nature centers and more.

Bird the Preserves

Keep Track!!--Download the Birding Checklist Here

Forest Banner

"The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with more than 69,000-acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 40 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. This natural heritage offers something for everyone:

Oak woodlands and savannas

Tallgrass prairies

Native wetlands

Migratory fly-ways that afford spectacular birding

22 dedicated nature preserves

40 managed lakes and ponds

7 major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked and offer glimpses of waterflow and shorebirds

300 miles of marked trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing

Scenic spots for painting, photography or quiet reflection"

For more information on the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit http://fpdcc.com/