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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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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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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes Aim at Troublesome Trail Users

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves participating in a number of offensive behaviors. 

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For Barb Ferry, Raising Monarchs Is More Than a Hobby

Barb Ferry has been raising monarch butterflies at home and releasing them into the wild, with the ultimate goals of helping sustain their population and educating the public of their importance.

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Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips

Drink plenty of fluids, before and during outdoor activity, or postpone activities and stay inside. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Rolls On, Gets A Bit Trashy

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves, and that's confirmed by the response we've seen to "Don't Be A Jerk," the Forest Preserve District's big, bold multimedia campaign. 

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Forest Preserve Rolls Out ‘Don’t be a Jerk’ Campaign

The multimedia effort will include videos, signs and social media posts urging people to pick up after their dog, properly dispose of cigarette butts and fishing line, share the trails and other preserve etiquette, pro-nature messages.

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Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

There's more to a successful dog park outing than following a few basic rules. Experts warn people to train their dogs, assess their dog's personality and pay close attention to their dogs as they roam free in off-leash play areas.

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Enjoy a Bounty of Bald Eagles on Our New Twitter Account

We like to give you guys what you want.

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Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

Hiking and photographing birds at the preserve helped heal the scar left by the suicide of her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered mental and physical health issues for many years.

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Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

She's the latest addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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Events

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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The Buzz

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

6/9/2021

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

6/8/2021

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

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