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View Will County's Big Bird Visitors During 2021 'Pelican Watch'

Hike to see pelicans, view a live pelican presentation or examine pelican exhibits during the 'Pelican Watch' event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 25 at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. 

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Show Off Your Photography Skills In The Preserve The Moment Photo Contest

Grab that camera — or heck, take some nice landscape or detail shots with your phone — and then enter the Preserve the Moment photo contest and see if you have what it takes to become a September finalist.

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Misty Morning Shot Earns Photo Contest Win

Joliet resident Michelle Wendling's photo of a misty morning at Hadley Valley Preserve snared the top spot in August’s portion of the Forest Preserve District’s Preserve the Moment photo contest. 

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Former Hammel Woods Dam Site Reopens for Public Use

The Hammel Woods Dam, which was built in the 1930s, was removed to improve the health of the DuPage River and also to make the area safer for paddlers. The project also included a new kayak launch and the addition of large rocks in the water to create riffles. 

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Winners Announced in 'Big Fish Contest'

Each winner in the 'Big Fish Contest' received a fishing T-shirt, a free all-day boat rental and a $100 Forest Preserve gift card for their angling efforts. 

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Rare Bird Alert: White-Faced Ibis Spotted at Whalon Lake

In a rare occurrence, a white-faced ibis was spotted at Whalon Lake over the weekend. 

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Sealcoating Work Causes Preserve and Trail Closures

Sealcoating work throughout the Forest Preserve District is requiring the temporary closure of preserves (including dog parks) and trails. Updates will be posted online as the program continues. 

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Stock up for Fall with Foundation's 'Oaktober! Native Tree & Shrub Sale'

The foundation's virtual plant sale begins September 4 and runs through October 2. Proceeds from the plant sale, and two others hosted by the foundation this year, benefit the Forest Preserve District. 

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'Don't be a Zombie!' Exhibit Runs Through November 28 at Plum Creek

The 'Don't be a Zombie! Be Prepared' exhibit will help you think about the unthinkable and plan for disasters so you don't wind up like a zombie. The exhibit runs through November 28. 

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Masks Required For Programs, Facility Visitors and Field Trip Participants

Forest Preserve District program attendees and facility visitors will be required to wear face masks, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, starting Monday, August 30, per the new mask mandate from Gov. JB Pritzker. 

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'Buzz' Nature Show Features Dam Demolition, Monarch Metamorphosis

The August episode of "The Buzz" will delve into the Hammel Woods Dam removal process and also show a monarch butterfly as it emerges from its chrysalis. The show airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, on Facebook and YouTube. 

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'Woods Walk' Hiking Challenge Runs Through November 30

The popular "Woods Walk" hiking challenge began September 1 and runs through November 30. Hike seven of 10 trails to receive a medallion. 

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Farm Program Makes Historic Shift to Organic

The first organic farm license was awarded to Yunker Farms LLC for 147 acres in Jackson Creek Preserve. The addition of an organic farming license is part of a move to better protect the soil until the land can be restored to its native state.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Reopens for General Use

Now that most of the birds born at the Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve site have left their nests, they are less likely to be disturbed by human visitors. The preserve is open 8 a.m. to sunset through February 28.

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DuPage River Trail Paves the Way for Bicycle Commuter

Joliet resident Rob Simpson grew tired of his short commute taking so long by car. So he ditched the vehicle and opted to bike to work on the DuPage River Trail. He said he's saving money on gas and feels healthier. 

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September Night Hike

Come join us for a hike exploring the autumn woods at night just before the equinox, using our natural night vision to enjoy the preserve. 

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Fishing for Trash

Help keep Monee Reservoir trash free for patrons and wildlife by spending some time fishing for trash.

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The Buzz

No Need To Sweat Non-Aggressive Sweat Bees Or Lookalike Hover Flies


Sweat bees and hover flies are often confused for both one another and for other bees. Neither poses any threat, however, and both are essential insects.

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Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality


Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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