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January 2017
A Miller's Tale
Tucked away at the southern tip of Hammel Woods, near the small dam across the DuPage River, was the site of a flour mill and the origin of Shorewood.
Online Voting for Forest Photo Contest Begins January 10
Around 160 intrepid shutterbugs submitted more than 700 photos to the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s inaugural Preserve the Moment photo contest and now it's the public's turn to vote for the winner.
Smithsonian's 'Water|Ways' Flows Into Four Rivers
The Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit opens in Channahon on January 28.
Whalon Barn Lives On After Removal
Every hook, rusty chain, pulley, nail, hinge and board that could be salvaged from the Whalon Lake Barn was salvaged as the structure was removed recently from its forest preserve home in Naperville.
Workshops Scheduled for Volunteer Plant Monitors
Native plant enthusiasts who are interested in monitoring rare and endangered species in Will County forest preserves are being encouraged to sign up for a training workshop.
December 2016
Bundle Up for Winter Birding
If you love bird-watching in the spring, summer and fall, don't stop in the winter, because there is a whole host of avian characters to observe.
Five Reasons to Enjoy Nature This Winter
It's cold outside, but you still can have a howling good time.
Forest Preserve Volunteer Wins Naperville Youth Service Award
Forest Preserve District of Will County volunteer Grace Xu recently received a 2016 Naperville Youth Service Award.
Our Top Smartphone Photos of 2016
Gone are the days when you needed fancy and expensive camera gear to turn out amazing nature photos, and our staff members took some gems this year.
Preserve Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign
Friends of the Forest Preserve District is inviting forest preserve fans to donate to its "Restore Will County" fundraising effort.
Restoring Kankakee Sands
How do you make an ornate box turtle happy? Correct the flow of water to its wetland home to keep the soil moist all summer long.
Sign up for a Forest Preserve Workday
As winter sets in and forest preserve flora wanes, it's the perfect time to clear away woody invasive species.
November 2016
A Final Look at the Whalon Lake Barn
The barn had no purpose within the District and would have required excessive repairs, so it will be removed.
Become a Sled Hill Volunteer
Winter is just around the corner, and Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher is looking to build a team of sled hill volunteers.
Donate to a Deserving Dozen Species this Holiday Season
Chicago Wilderness launched its "One Home: A Campaign to Support our Species" in September and donations are being accepted through Nov. 29.
Forest Preserve Bridges Link People and Nature
Bridges of all shapes and sizes are sprinkled throughout the District, but a trio of trestles is noteworthy because of the history, location and design of each bridge.
Forest Preserve District Celebrates 90th Anniversary
The Forest Preserve District of Will County was created by referendum on Nov. 2, 1926, and it has grown to nearly 22,000 acres today.
Forest Preserve's Bike Donation Program Picks Up Speed
The Forest Preserve District's "Recycle Your Bicycle" program hit a new high during an October collection event at Monee Reservoir.
Laughton Preserve is a Woodland Oasis
The 430-acre Laughton Preserve, located on Wallingford Road in Wilton Township, contains remnants of land that present a rich and colorful history.
Program Aides Needed at Isle a la Cache
Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville is looking for interpreter aides to assist with programs.
Small Cemetery Linked to Lockport's First Settler
The three gravesites at Runyon Preserve contain the remains of Anna Hornbecker Runyon, Winfred Runyon and Oliver Runyon, the first wife and two sons of Armstead Runyon, the first settler in Lockport.
October 2016
Become an Animal Care Volunteer
Plum Creek Nature Center is looking for people who are interested in coming in one day a week or more to clean cages and take care of the nature center's resident creatures.
Forest Preserve District Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting
For the 21st year in a row, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
Lockport Prairie to Close During ComEd's Dragonfly Habitat Improvement Project
The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is scheduled to close for four months starting November 1.
Thank You JULIE Inc.
A special thanks to JULIE Inc. for providing backpacks to volunteers at the District’s 2016 volunteer programs including Sharefest and National Public Lands Day.
Vermont Cemetery: From Human History to Natural History
When the District accepted the cemetery donation in 1998, it was a prized acquisition.
Will County Forest Preserve Volunteer Wins Award
Volunteer John Nerren has been named an Outstanding Citizen Volunteer of the year by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD).
September 2016
Interactive Map Updated for Mobile Devices
The Forest Preserve District of Will County's interactive map, which debuted in 2014 for desktop computers, is now compatible with mobile devices.
McKinley Woods' History Once Housed CCC Camp, German POWs
McKinley Woods is one of the oldest preserves owned and managed by the District.
Save the Date for Musher Mania
Mark your calendars for one of the Forest Preserve's most popular events!
Volunteer Spotlight: John Mittelbrun
John Mittelbrun first came to the District as a volunteer in 2009 after attending an open house at Isle a la Cache Museum.
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