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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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Weber Family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

After a health scare two years ago, the Webers cherish their nature outings now more than ever before.

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Army Corps, State Contribute $591,000 for Restoration Efforts

The infusion of funds will accelerate efforts to return forest preserve acreage to its natural state.

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Woodchuck Mascot Branches Out with New Website

Kids of all ages can discover more about nature and the world around them by visiting willyswilderness.org.

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Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

The award recognizes the Forest Preserve's enhanced social media and website offerings, which have drastically increased public engagement.

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A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

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Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

We have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of fishing line.

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Events

Breakfast with the Birds (Zoom webinar)

Log in from home via Zoom to take in the wonderful sights of the birds of Isle a la Cache.

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Soup-er Chili: Hike to the Bridge Series

Strap on your hiking boots for a winter hike and bring your favorite mug and a can of soup or chili so you can enjoy some to warm up afterward.

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The Buzz

Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in the U.S., and You Can Map Their Progress

2/25/2021

Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — you can chart the hummingbirds' progress as they head our way.

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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/22/2021

The next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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