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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Tellef Keeps Watch on Horseback

Karen Tellef volunteers as a trail sentinel, keeping a watchful eye on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail while riding her horse, Raz.

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'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

More than 100 students from six high schools worked recently in the heat and humidity to remove invasive species and trash from two preserves. 

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Animals Are the Attraction for These Kids

For the Swift family, caring for the animals at Plum Creek Nature Center taught them new skills they can now use at home.

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Follow These Tips for Safe Paddling and Boating Excursions

Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place.

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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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Nature Exploration Kits Provide A 'Bit of Fun In A Box'

Educational resource loan kits provide tools, books, specimens and learning guides on 11 nature topics.

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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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