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Forest Preserves of Cook County to host nature photo meet-ups

<p>The end&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>of&nbsp;the path from the parking area opens up to Duncan Field. The baseball field that is used by Hinsdale Little League but owned and on&nbsp;Cook&nbsp;County&nbsp;Forest&nbsp;Preserve property. | File</p>

The end of the path from the parking area opens up to Duncan Field. The baseball field that is used by Hinsdale Little League but owned and on Cook County Forest Preserve property. | File

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting a series of photo meet-ups for nature photographers of all levels throughout 2014. Read more in the release below.

CALLING ALL NATURE LOVERS AND PHOTOGRAPHY ENTHUSIASTS 

Forest Preserves of Cook County to Host Series of Photo Meet-Ups in 2014 for Professional and Amateur Photographers Alike

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting its second year of Photo Meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Whether you’re using an advanced SLR camera, a point-and-shoot or a smart phone, photographing nature scenes and subjects can be both rewarding and challenging.

The 2014 series begins January 25. Each event will take place at 10 am on the fourth Saturday of each month at one of the Forest Preserves’ six nature centers, or a nearby location selected for its photography potential.

Each gathering will feature a Forest Preserve naturalist leading a brief tour of the area, highlighting interesting and unusual plants, scenic vistas and locations frequented by wildlife. During and after the tour, photographers can capture images and share tips and suggestions for getting the best shot.

Photographers are encouraged to share their photos with the Forest Preserves’ Flickr group -http://www.flickr.com/groups/fpdcc/.

The schedule for the year is below. Photographers should meet at the appropriate nature center at 10 am. For more information, visit www.fpdcc.com.

January 25       

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

Call 630-257-2045 to register.

February 22      

Crabtree Nature Center

3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

Palatine Rd. 1 mile west of Barrington Rd.

March 22

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

9800 S. Willow Spring Rd., Willow Springs

April 26            

River Trail Nature Center.

Meet at nature center before traveling to nearby photo location.

3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

May 24             

Grassy Ridge Meadow

Meet in parking lot.

1182 W Central Rd, Hoffman Estates

Hosted by Crabtree Nature Center

June 28            

Bemis Woods South

Meet at the information sign near Grove 6.

Ogden and Wolf Roads, Westchester

Hosted by the Trailside Museum of Natural History

July 26             

Sand Ridge Prairie Nature Preserve

Meet in the Sand Ridge Nature Center parking lot before carpooling to the photo location.

15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland

Hosted by the Sand Ridge Nature Center 

August 23            

Swallow Cliff South

Entrance is off of La Grange Road, just south of Rt. 83.

Hosted by the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

September 27           

River Trail Nature Center

Meet at nature center before carpooling to nearby photo location.

3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

October 25             

Thatcher Woods

8030 Chicago Avenue, River Forest

Entrance is just west of Thatcher Avenue.

Hosted by the Trailside Museum

November 22            

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont

Canyon tour possible with pre-registration (call 630-257-2045 to register).

December 27            

Sand Ridge Nature Center

15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland

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