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Smithsonian Exhibit, ‘The Way We Worked,’ Opens February 12 at Isle a la Cache

“The Way We Worked: A Traveling Exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution” will explore more than a century of work and how this vital component of American life has changed through the decades.

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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a winter weather event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

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Give it a Go and Have Some Outdoor Winter Fun with Friluftsliv

The Forest Preserve District is urging people to give friluftsliv, the Norwegian philosophy that embraces winter, a try. Being outdoors in winter can boost your mood, reduce stress and introduce more natural light into your life. 

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Minooka Woman's Woodpecker Photo Wins Top Spot in 2021 Photo Contest

Eileen Capodice's photo of a male pileated woodpecker feeding its nestling a regurgitated meal at McKinley Woods in Channahon was voted the top photo in the Forest Preserve's annual contest. 

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2022's First Episode of 'The Buzz' Nature Show Features A New Acquisition and Backyard Birds

Tune in to see the Forest Preserve's latest acquisition in Bolingbrook, and also learn why winter is the best time to start birding. The show airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, on Facebook and YouTube. It also can be seen on many local cable outlets. 

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Monee Siblings Spend Part of Holiday Break Clearing Litter from Preserves

Jason and Alexis Farquhar removed 10 large bags of garbage from three Will County preserves on December 26 and 27 as part of a Boy Scouts of America badge honoring the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Lasting Legacy: Forest Preserve Grows by More than 1,500 Acres

The Forest Preserve District is growing. The District has added more than 1,500 acres in the past two years.

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Daddy Woodpecker Nurturing Nestling Wins December Photo Contest

Minooka resident Eileen Capodice is the final monthly winner in the 2021 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest. Her shot of a daddy woodpecker feeding its hungry nestling won December's portion of the contest. Overall contest winners will be picked starting January 6 via public voting on Facebook.

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Renamed and Refreshed: Compass Newsletter will Help You Navigate Nature

The Forest Preserve District's newsletter, The Citizen, which debuted 40 years ago, has a new name, a refreshed look and a new mix of content that is designed to inform, entertain, inspire and educate readers. You can subscribe to The Compass with a click of a mouse to receive this weekly digital publication in your email inbox. Current subscribers to The Citizen do not need to sign up a second time to receive The Compass.

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Shed Your Pandemic Pounds with Outdoor Winter Activities

Many of us gained weight during the pandemic due to stress and lockdowns, but even with more virus uncertainty looming, there are ways to stay healthy and to get back to a fitness routine. 

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On Tap In 2022: National Archives Exhibition, Food Trucks and More

The Forest Preserve District has a robust list of events and exhibitions slated for the coming year. Here is a quick look at all the fun to come so you can start planning your 2022 nature outings well in advance. 

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Year-end 'Buzz' Nature Show Looks Forward to 2022 and Recaps 2021

December's episode of the Forest Preserve's monthly nature show, "The Buzz," looks ahead at volunteer opportunities in 2022 and back at achievements in 2021. 

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Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Natural Resource Management Workdays

Sign up for a Forest Preserve workday to improve the local environment and to get some fresh air and exercise.

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Owl Hikes Can be a Hoot, Sign up Today!

Learn about owls, listen for owls and look for owls during upcoming owl hikes being held in Channahon, Crete Township and Park Forest. 

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Are You Seeing Bald Eagles in the Preserves? Give Them Some Space

If you go eagle watching this year, remember to keep your distance so as not to disturb these amazing creatures. If a bird is reacting to you, then you are too close. 

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Events

National Puzzle Day at Four Rivers

Our waterways are busy with birds of all sizes all winter long, so take some time to learn about the waterfowl staying warm this winter in Will County. 

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Track & Scat Hike

Lace up your winter boots and let’s puzzle together what animals have been hanging around Isle a la Cache!

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The Buzz

February's New Moon Marks Lunar New Year

1/27/2022

February's new moon marks the lunar new year, and its full moon is known as the snow moon.

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Five freezing facts about snow to tide you over this winter

1/27/2022

Love it or hate it, snow is as essential as rain. Learn to appreciate it with these five fun facts.

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