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Creature Feature: The Raucous Pileated Woodpecker

The pileated woodpecker is one of our most striking forest dwellers, and you can learn more about them in this creature feature.

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Ready, Set, Count: Here's How to Participate in the Annual Christmas Bird Count

Experienced and novice birders alike are invited to join in the 121st annual Christmas Bird Count to help give scientists and researchers information about bird populations and population trends in the United States and beyond.

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Keep Your Compost Pile Going All Winter Long With A Few Easy Steps

Too cold to compost? Never. You can keep your pile going, or even start a new pile, during the coldest time of year.

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Five Fast Facts About Bison, Our National Mammal

What you don’t know about these scraggly bearded giants might actually surprise you.

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Quiz: What's Your Skunk IQ?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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December Includes Our Darkest Day, But Also Potential For Shooting Stars

December will be a good month to catch a glimpse of a shooting star — if the weather cooperates.

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Migration Watch: Snowy Owls Have Landed in Illinois

Snowy owls are on the move, and we've had our first reported sighting in Illinois.

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Instead Of Shopping, #OptOutside For Black Friday

Looking for a new post-Thanksgiving tradition other than hitting the local stores for some frenzied holiday shopping? Consider joining the #OptOutside movement.

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Real or Fake Christmas Tree: Which One Is Better for the Environment?

Think you’re doing the Earth a favor by buying an artificial Christmas tree rather than a real one? Not so fast with that rationalization.

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In Time For Thanksgiving, Five Facts About Wild Turkeys

It's time to talk turkey, but not just the birds that grace our holiday tables. Take some time to learn about the wild turkeys that inhabit our woodlands.

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How You Can Help Endangered Species

Saving endangered and threatened species from extinction is a complicated task and requires action at every level. Here's a look at the steps you can take to help.

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Five Fun Facts About Those Busy Beavers

The old saying "busy as a beaver" is not joke. Beavers are among the most industrious animals on Earth, and they put their skills to good use.

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Check Out These Apps To Enhance Your Outdoor Adventures

Let technology enhance your outdoor adventures with these apps recommended by Forest Preserve District interpretive naturalists.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Do We Have Seasons?

No matter what your favorite season is, you have the sun to thank for it.

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What's The Difference: Biodegradable Vs. Compostable

Think biodegradable and compostable products are best? Make sure you do your homework.

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Visitor Centers to Close Friday, December 10, for District Meeting


All Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed Friday, December 10, so employees can attend an annual State of the District meeting. Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Isle a la Cache Museum and Plum Creek Nature Center will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, and Sugar Creek Administration Center will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday. 

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Shop Forest Preserve Visitor Centers for Nature-themed Holiday Gifts


In addition to selling gift cards, which can be used for permits and programs, three of the Forest Preserve's visitor centers are stocked with unique nature-themed items that could be the perfect presents or stocking stuffers for your loved ones and friends.

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