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Destruction Not Allowed: Don’t Tamper with Nature or Use Preserves as Dumping Grounds

The Forest Preserve District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 prohibits the destruction of natural resources and vandalisms in the preserves. The rules are in place to protect Will County's last undisturbed natural areas and to create new habitats for native species and places of respite for visitors.

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Bobcat Spotted for the First Time in Southern Will County Preserve

Sand Ridge Savanna is now the fifth preserve in the Forest Preserve District known to have bobcats. Learn more about bobcats and the District's game camera program with 10 questions answered by Becky Blankenship, the Forest Preserve's wildlife biologist.

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Monee Reservoir Weather Station Up and Running with Live Data

Whether you want to know if the winds are calm enough to kayak, temperatures are hot enough to hike or the barometric pressure is conducive to reeling in fish, the new Monee Reservoir weather station and its live data should help you plan a fun and safe outing. 

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Joliet Woman Named Volunteer of the Year

Ruth Meyer, 2020 Volunteer of the Year, and Joel Craig and Barb Ferry, 2019 Volunteers of the Year, received their awards at the April 8 Board of Commissioners meeting. 

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Forest Preserve Partners with Homer Glen to Offer Nature Recreation

The programs will be offered at both Forest Preserve and Village locations from April through September and they cover a wide variety of activities including gardening, bicycling and nature exploration.

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Prevent Vehicle Burglaries by Following These Tips

Forest Preserve police are reminding visitors to lock their vehicles and to leave valuables at home as they plan their 2021 nature outings. 

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Heavy Metal Iguana Wins Juried Art Show

Juan Lopez's 71-inch-long metal iguana made of nuts, bolts, screws and tools locked up first place in the Forest Preserve District's 2021 "Sculpting WILD" juried art show, which ended April 3 at Plum Creek Nature Center. Lopez was awarded the top prize of $500 for his creation.

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Northern Cardinal Emerges as 2021 Tournament of Birds Champ

Thousands of votes were cast and there was one clear winner.

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Dead Fish Are Littering the Shore at Rock Run Preserve — Here's Why

Winter's deep snow and bitterly cold temperatures combined to cause a naturally occurring fish kill in a pond at Rock Run Preserve in Joliet. Spring's thaw has revealed the dead fish, which will soon decay and be scavenged by other creatures.

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New Joliet Iron Works Interpretive Signs Bring the Story Alive

The new Joliet Iron Works signs were installed this past winter, and they focus more on the workers who braved great heat and heights to earn their paychecks and the neighborhoods and gathering sites they built in and around downtown Joliet.

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Dog’s icy ordeal at Monee Reservoir ends happily thanks to fire and police rescue efforts

Kim Jones is appreciative of all who helped rescue his dog, Rocco, from icy waters on March 5. The golden retriever is doing fine, but the incident serves as a warning for everyone to be wary of water and ice and to keep your pets leashed at all times.

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2021 Dog Park Calendar Proceeds Donated to Humane Society

Humane society kennel manager Malorie Ernst picked up the donation at the March 11 Forest Preserve Board meeting with an adoptable dog, Rocco, in tow. Calendar sales raised almost $6,000 for the shelter, which receives no government funding and relies on donations alone.

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Forest Preserve Receives Financial Reporting Excellence Award for 25th Consecutive Year

The Certificate of Achievement received by the District for its comprehensive annual financial report is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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State Transfers Thorn Creek Woods Acreage to Forest Preserve

The transfer of 466 acres in February gives the Forest Preserve ownership of around 780 acres of the 1,000-acre preserve located in eastern Will County.

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Quilts, Food Trucks and Zombies, the 2021 Event Lineup has it All

The event schedule offers a wide range of activities that are sprinkled throughout the year to inspire patrons to revisit sites they already love and to motivate others to discover a new place to enjoy the outdoors. Art, food, nature and fitness are all on tap as we get underway for some fun in '21.

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Hump Day Afternoon Paddle

Celebrate hump day by kayaking Whalon Lake!

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The Buzz on Bees (Zoom webinar)

June 21 through 27 is National Pollinator Week, and you can celebrate by learning about bees, a beneficial and often misunderstood pollinator.

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What's the Difference?: Common Snapping Turtle vs. Alligator Snapping Turtle


Common snapping turtle or alligator snapping turtle? In Will County, the answer is easy.

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It's Lightning Bug Season, So Be On The Lookout For These Incredible Creatures


Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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