Clubs & Organizations

Interested in listing your Club or Organization in the Park Forest Recreation & Parks brochure? The Park Forest Recreation & Parks brochure is mailed to all households in Park Forest. Contact Carolyn Hoff at 708-748-2005 or email to discuss advertising opportunities and rates.

Summer 2019 Recreation & Parks Brochure


Friends of Thorn Creek Woods
Join Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and support the 985-acre Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and its Nature Center. Formed in 1969, Friends efforts ensured permanent protection for this unique open space enhancing Park Forest and the region. Friends volunteers build and repair trails, create exhibits, monitor species, staff the nature center, lead programs, and raise funds for programs and improvements.  Members enjoy a quarterly newsletter and sponsor Earth Day, plus Spring and Fall meetings. Annual family membership is $20 or $50 for an organization; life membership is $200. For more information: 708-747-6320;;; P.O. Box 32, Richton Park, IL 60471. Note new P.O. Box. 

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Garden Club of Park Forest

The GARDEN CLUB OF PARK FOREST meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Church of St. Mary, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL.  Meetings begin at noon with light refreshments; a speaker will have a presentation on gardening and related subjects. All are welcome to join us for an afternoon of food, fun and friends!

Our annual GARDEN WALK will be the second Tuesday in July this year. Our annual FALLING LEAVES FESTIVAL will be in October, open to all.  Membership is open to men and women from Park Forest and the surrounding suburbs. We have a Facebook page "Garden Club of Park Forest”. For more information, contact Julie at708-748-8598 or  

Meeting Notice:  

The Garden Club of Park Forest will be holding its next open meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Located at the Church of St. Mary, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL. Doors open at noon. There will be light refreshments, sale table and a speaker from the Sand Ridge Nature Center will present the "Management of Invasive Species." All are welcome. Come join us for an afternoon of food, fun and friends!! Feel free to bring a guest.

blue star memorial highway markerThe Blue Star Marker has been refurbished and landscaped with special thanks
to Betty Doty, the Garden Club Board and the Village of Park Forest. The Blue Star Marker is located on the corner of Lakewood and Orchard Drive across from the Library.

Honoring Those Who have Served Our Country
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.

What we see today is a program that has expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers were added to the Highway Markers, to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens.

The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, and in churches and businesses. This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces and especially now.

Link:  National Garden Clubs Official Website


KiwanisLogoKiwanis Club
The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest, celebrating the vitality of our community for 68 years, is dedicated to performing community service for young people, the aging, and the needy in local and international settings. The club sponsors Key Clubs at Rich Township high schools and has repeatedly been recognized with Distinguished Club Awards. It will celebrate an amazing 68th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Rich East High School. Club dinner meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Carlo’s Restaurant in Chicago Heights. The club also has special service project meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Park Forest Village Hall. Call Elmer Washington at 708-816-8089 or email: for additional information.  


historicalsocietylogoPark Forest Historical Society
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road (St. Mary’s) is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 pm, “Park Forest 70th Anniversary” exhibit into summer; village history available. Adults $5; 12 & under free. Park Forest Archive, 227 Monee Road, is open Friday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, or by appointment, Jane Nicoll, 708-481-4252. Seeking volunteers for the museum or to work on the archive collection. Five local history programs each year are free and open to the public. September 22, 2019 program to be announced. Visit for information, to donate and for volunteer opportunities.

pf photography club logoPark Forest Photography Club
Have a longing to take better pictures? Have a new camera and don’t know how to use the camera? Why not join the Park Forest Photography Club? We’ve been meeting in Park Forest since 1981 and presently meet at Freedom Hall on the second floor. We meet at 7:30 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August.

We have a short educational program each night and competition to help improve our skills. Each month a different photo challenge is the competition theme for novice level through advanced level. We compete in B & W, color and Alternative Process (artsy) for each skill level.

Membership is $35 per year. Visitors are invited to attend a meeting free of charge. We’d love to see you. For more information call Allan Fritz at 708-747-0717.