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Forest Preserves Dist Cook County Trail Watch Volunteer Orientation and Training

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police Department is looking for a few good Women and Men.

A special request from FPDCC Chief of Police asking Chicago Hiking to get involved in the Trail Watch Volunteer Program.

Become additional eyes and ears of the FPDCC Law Enforcement Department. Be a visible presence to help make our Forest Preserves welcoming and inviting to all visitors, as you are out enjoying the Forest Preserves.

Position Title: Trail Watch Volunteer
Purpose/Description: Volunteers who provide extra eyes and ears in the Forest Preserves and are a visible presence on the trails, leading to a safer and more enjoyable experience for all visitors.

Staff Liaison: Cindy Spina-Fox and Area Commanders:

Requirements and Responsibilities:
o Minimum age- 18 years
o Use the trails on a regular basis (around 2 visits per month)
o Report any unusual or suspicious activity to the FPDCC Law Enforcement
o Attend annual orientation/training session in late winter-early spring
o Attend quarterly meetings
o Cell phone is highly recommended
o Basic understanding of FPDCC rules and policies
o Provide non-enforcement and non-confrontational services to the public
o Background check required
o Trail Watch Volunteer status must be renewed annually

Uniform/Equipment:
General volunteer gear (Provided free of charge)
o Volunteer t-shirt
o Volunteer ID badge with lanyard

Clothing (optional)- One of the following
o Vest
o Hat
o Hooded sweatshirt 
o Whistle
o Forest Preserves and Trail Maps


Optional Trainings:
o Trail safety and etiquette
o Bike maintenance, repair and safety
o Poaching awareness
o CPR/First Aid
o Habitat restoration 101

Location:
Little Red School House is located in the Palos Park Forest Preserve District. West side of Willow Springs Rd. (104th Ave/.Flavin Rd), 1/2 mile south of 95th St., West of 45/La Grange Rd in Willow Springs.

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  • Stephen M.

    My understanding is that Fullerton Woods , Sauk Trail Woods, and Edgers Woods will also have their fireplaces bricked up in this round. Of course in the future any of the remaining aging CCC treasures that have their fire places still intact may be in danger of this kind of "maintenance". I am asking people who love the CCC shelters and their fireplaces to let their Cook County Commissioner know that this kind of hit and run on our County's history is unacceptable and there should be a moratorium on brick ups until there is more public input. Citizens should also contact Superintendent Arnold Randall at 800- 870-3666. I can be reached at[masked]

    August 15, 2014

  • Stephen M.

    On Monday 8/11/14 went to eat my lunch at Harms Wood and found workmen bricking up the fire places at the CCC shelter. That means no more moonlit gatherings around the fire. The County apparently got a grant to work on their shelters and this was recommended maintenance for at least four of them. They maintain they are concerned about vandalism on the shelters from explosive fires. I had not seen any of that at Harms Wood

    August 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    too far, and I'm mostly doing Will County,,and have to look in to the new conceal and carry laws for each county forest preserve too now that it is legal in Illinois.

    April 2, 2014

    • Kevin

      Cook County Forest Preserve is the only County Forest Preserve in the state that you are not allowed to carry firearms in. They put in a special exception in the bill for them.

      April 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Of course Cook County has tried to block just about every use and area for the legal CC owners since it passed.

      April 7, 2014

  • Lisa

    A little long.

    April 5, 2014

  • Pam S.

    Very informative if you are going to volunteer to help and become a trail watch volunteer.

    April 5, 2014

  • Flosi G.

    Plus I'm going on a hike close by shoe Factory Nature Preserve. On the 6th sunday.

    April 1, 2014

  • Flosi G.

    To far for me

    March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! I don't use the trails on a regular basis and am working 12 hour days right now.

    March 30, 2014

  • Susan

    Sorry I cannot make it; a previous commitment with the U of I Extension, Naperville.

    March 27, 2014

  • Rebekka

    I am tentative too. Keep me posted if there are any groups like this in the north parts of Cook County.

    March 20, 2014

  • Linda K

    If this was Lake County I'd probably go for it.

    March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Husband and I are a tentative yes. Nice to see that clothing is optional! ;)

    4 · March 20, 2014

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