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Keep Your Distance: COVID-19 Info Signs Installed

Preserves and trails are open, but the Forest Preserve's new informational signs encourage everyone to spread COVID-19 prevention tips – not the germs. 

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Forest Preserve Hits 22,000-acre Milestone with Crete and Wheatland Township Acquisitions

The latest purchases will improve the quality of life for the District's residents and protect land for future generations, while contributing to clean air, clean water and habitat for wildlife. 

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2020 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway

The contest is open to amateur photographers over the age of 18 and photos must be taken in a Forest Preserve District of Will County site; social distancing and other health guidelines must be adhered to as well.

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Dog Park Calendar Raises Nearly $6,000 For Humane Society

The Forest Preserve's 2020 dog park calendar highlighted pups that visit the District's six dog parks and animals rescued by the Humane Society, which is Will County's oldest no-kill shelter. 

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See How 'Nature Takes Flight' In Second Annual Juried Art Show

The 'Nature Takes Flight Juried Art Competition' includes 55 artworks that will be on display at Plum Creek Nature Center from March 3 through April 3. 

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Coyotes More Likely to Protect Their Turf During Mating, Pupping Seasons

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near, so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Massive Restoration Project Underway at Goodenow Grove

The work will make the site more hospitable to Species of Greatest Conservation Need by removing invasive plants, stopping erosion and protecting the trees and ponds creatures need to flourish. 

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2020 Picnic and Camping Permits Now on Sale

Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve visitor centers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Earin Land’s 'Happy Place': Melting Away the Pounds and the Past on the Wauponsee

The latest installment of the Forest Preserve District's "Happy Place" series features a retired Will County Sheriff's Police sergeant who made riding a bike on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail a key part of his retirement plan. 

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Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The schedule features art, nature, history and food offerings ranging from eagle and pelican events to the return of the popular 'Food Truck Fridays' and 'Woods Walk.'

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Turtle Hit by Car in Morris Lives on Through Hatchlings

While the mother turtle did not survive, three of her eggs did and one hatchling, named M3, is being cared for by the Forest Preserve District of Will County as part of a regional Blanding's turtle recovery program. 

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Forest Preserve Serves as Forensic Entomology Classroom for Law Enforcement

The two-day workshop provided area law enforcement with instructions on using insects in death investigations.

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Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The preserve was one of Shapiro's favorite places to take her ill mother so she could get out of the house and enjoy nature. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

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Carter Wright Draws on Interests in Photography, Wildlife for His Volunteer Role

Carter Wright's interests in photography and wildlife are the perfect complement to his work as a volunteer interpreter at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

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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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