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Signs of the Civilian Conservation Corps Hikes Sept. 7 and 21

Image © U.S. National Archives
This image, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives, shows work on a picnic shelter at Pioneer Park in the 1930s.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites history buffs and outdoor explorers to take a walk back in time during “Signs of the Civilian Conservation Corps” guided hikes Sept. 7 at McDowell Grove Forest Preserve and Sept. 21 at Pioneer Park at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Both Naperville locations are former worksites of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the New Deal program whose recruits planted trees and built picnic shelters, bridges, dams and trails on public lands across the U.S. during the 1930s. McDowell Grove served later as a radar training site.

Chris Gingrich with the District’s Office of Education has conducted extensive research on the CCC in DuPage County and will lead the tours, sharing historic photos, maps and stories to bring the past of these preserves to life. Participants with mobile devices are also invited to download the free Historypin app, which features historic photographs of some of the sites they’ll visit during the hike.

“Signs of the Civilian Conservation Corps” hikes are free, but participants must register in advance with Gingrich at 630-871-7537. Participants must be age 8 or older, and children under 16 must be with an adult. The main entrance to McDowell Grove is at Raymond Drive and McDowell Road. Pioneer Park is on Washington Street north of Hobson Road.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County owns and manages 25,000 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Each year more than 4 million visitors enjoy 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs. To get District e-news in your inbox, sign up at For general information, visit or call 630-933-7200.

Media Contacts: Chris Gingrich, Office of Education, 630-871-7537
Bonnie Olszewski, Office of Public Affairs, 630-871-6402

News Release Date: Aug. 15, 2013

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