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Forest Preserve Photo Meet-Ups 2013 Schedule

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is hosting a new series of photo meet-ups designed for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts, with gatherings in Northbrook.

The following information was provided by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  

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.

A new photographer meet-up program will take place at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at one of six nature centers in Cook County, or a nearby location selected for its photography potential.

Each gathering will feature a Forest Preserve District 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 then encouraged to share their photos with the District’s Flickr group -http://www.flickr.com/groups/fpdcc/.

The first event of the year will take place on January 26, 2013 at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, located at 9800 S. 104th Avenue in Willow Springs. Photographers should meet at the Nature Center at 10:00 a.m.

A complete list of hosting Nature Centers for each month is below. The exact locations for each event will be determined by the naturalists to ensure optimal photography conditions. Check the forest preserve website or call the Nature Centers to find out the meeting location each month.

  • January 26
    Little Red School House
    9800 S. Willow Spring Rd., Willow Springs
    708-839-6897

  • February 23
    River Trail Nature Center
    3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
    847-824-8360

  • March 23
    Crabtree Nature Center
    Palatine Rd. 1 mile west of Barrington Rd.
    847-381-6592

  • April 27
    River Trail Nature Center
    3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
    847-824-8360 

  • May 25
    Trailside Museum
    Chicago and Thatcher, River Forest
    708-366-6530

  • June 22
    Crabtree Nature Center
    Palatine Rd. 1 mile west of Barrington Rd.
    847-381-6592

  • July 27
    Sand Ridge Nature Center
    15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland
    708-868-0606

  • August 24
    Little Red School House
    9800 S. Willow Spring Rd., Willow Springs
    708-839-6897

  • September 28
    Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
    12545 W. 111th St., Lemont
    630-257-2045

  • October 26
    Sand Ridge Nature Center
    15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland
    708-868-0606

  • November 23
    Trailside Museum
    Chicago and Thatcher, River Forest
    708-366-6530

  • December 28
    Sagawau Environmental Learning Center
    12545 W. 111th St., Lemont
    630-257-2045

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