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2021 Dog Park Permits Now On Sale

Dog park permits can be used at all six dog parks and they can be purchased online or at one of four visitor centers. 

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Inspire Others by Sharing Your Trail Moments

The Forest Preserve has joined the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Trail Moments campaign, which is designed to publicize the safe opportunity trails offer for recreation, fitness and stress relief. Go to the Trail Moments website or share your special #TrailMoments on social media. 

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It's Time to Pick up the Pace in the 'Woods Walk' Challenge

The deadline to complete the self-paced hiking challenge is November 30. Trail logs can be turned in until December 31. 

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Mysterious, Night-Dwelling Owls May Just Be The Coolest Birds Around

Just in time for the lineup of fall and winter owl programs, the Forest Preserve's Bob Bryerton tells us why owls are such fascinating creatures and why we just can't learn enough about these stealthy, winged beasts. 

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Glorious Fall Colors Have Arrived in the Forest Preserves

Now is the time to hike a trail, hop on your bike or cruise in your car to see the colorful fall palette nature has prepared. 

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Winter Preparations Begin

As temperatures begin to fall, the Forest Preserve is starting its winter preparation efforts.

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Virtual Field Trip Program a Hit with Educators

More than 90 online field trip programs have been scheduled or have already taken place as educators seek to keep their students engaged in environmental education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Forest Preserve Says So Long to Its K-9, Super-Sniffer Jullo

The Forest Preserve is waving a paw goodbye to its K-9 Jullo, who served with distinction on the police force for eight years and is headed into retirement. He will live out his years with handler Dean Klier, a former Forest Preserve police sergeant.

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Board Takes Action That Will Lead to Hammel Woods Dam Removal

The project, which will improve the health and safety of the DuPage River, has been in the planning stages since spring 2019. Once the work begins, it will take about a month to remove the dam and create oxygenating 'riffles' with natural river stones and a new canoe/kayak launch downstream.

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Isle a la Cache Museum Hosts 'Deconstructing Stereotypes' Exhibit

The exhibit explores the challenges, including negative stereotypes, faced by Native peoples in North America in the past and today and the best way to move forward. 

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Hungry Heron Devours Photo Contest Competition

A Forest Preserve news story about a rare bird sighting at Whalon Lake helped Lockport resident Matthew Serafini win September's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest. 

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Candid Capture: Bobcats Caught on Camera, a Rare Wildlife Treat

Game cameras recently photographed bobcats walking through a preserve. Photos of bobcats in the preserves are rare because the creatures are so elusive. Learn more about the game camera program with 10 questions answered by Becky Blankenship, the Forest Preserve's wildlife biologist.

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Peep Some Birds This Fall With Guided Hikes

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the Forest Preserve invites you to join a wide variety of free bird-watching programs scheduled for October through December. Register for the programs, grab your binoculars and a field guide and dress for the weather.

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Pollinator Hotels Abuzz with Guests Thanks to Eagle Scout Candidate

Three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his Scouting crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators. 

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Forest Preserve Police Reunite Lost Tortoise With Owners

The tortoise, which is not native to Illinois, was found at Hammel Woods around 4 miles from its home, so police believe it was dumped there by someone who found it wandering around its neighborhood after it escaped from its owners' backyard. Dumping animals of any kind in a preserve is against the law because it is harmful to the creatures and the environment. 

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Events

Stop, Drop, Pumpkin Roll

Stop by Plum Creek Nature Center and send off your post-holiday pumpkin with a bang. 

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Be a Zero! A Zero Waster Series: How to be Zero Waste for the Holidays (Zoom webinar)

Don’t want to be a part of all the extra waste generated around the holidays? Learn how you can make a zero-waste plan for this year's holiday celebration.

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The Buzz

Eyes To the Skies For A Planetary Alignment Not Seen Since 1623

11/25/2020

On the night of the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in the night sky than they have since 1623.

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Myth Buster: Dogs' Mouths Aren't Really Cleaner Than Humans

11/25/2020

Contrary to popular belief, dogs' mouths are just as dirty as humans'. 

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