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Nature Deficit Disorder Is Real: Kids Need To Spend Time Outdoors

Sending your kids outside to play is good for their mental and physical health. 

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Oh, Baby! These Names For Baby Animals Are Just Too Cute

Sometimes the terms used for baby animals are about as cute as the animals themselves. 

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Five Mind-Blowing Facts About Trees

Here's a look at some of the many reasons we should appreciate trees.

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Amid Rampant Deforestation, Every Tree Counts. You Can Help By Planting One At Home

Trees are disappearing at alarming rates, but don't think your actions are too small to make a difference. Planting a tree at home will have long-lasting positive effects on you and the world around you.

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Five Facts About Those Beloved Blooming Bluebells

It's bluebell season, so brush up on these spring beauties before planning a trip to see them in bloom.

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In Spring, Vernal Pools Are Teeming With Life

Vernal pools are temporary waterways that are teeming with life in spring, but our way of life threatens their existence. 

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It's A Wild World Out There, And The City Nature Challenge Hopes To Document It

You can help paint a picture of Earth's biodiversity by participating in the 2021 City Nature Challenge.

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Nature Curiosity: Is It OK To Leave Nesting Material Out For Birds?

Birds will build their nests out of just about anything they can find, but is it OK to leave materials out for them to use?

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Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

Thanks to Journey North — a project run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum — we've been able to chart the hummingbirds' progress as they head north.

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Bald Eagle Update: We Have Three Confirmed Eaglets in Two Nests

We've been monitoring two active bald eagle nests in the preserves this year, and we're excited to have visual confirmation that we have some new additions.

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Hey Folks, Nature Is Not A Petting Zoo. Leave The Animals Alone

The wildlife you see in the preserves and elsewhere is just that — wild. The preserves aren't petting zoos, and people should not touch or otherwise handle animals they encounter.

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Head Outside And Listen To Nature. It's Good For You, A New Study Shows

What's that sound? If it's the sounds of nature, it's good for your health, according to a new study.

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The Stinky Scourge of Suburbia: Bradford Pear Trees

That fetid smell in the air may be coming from your own yard. Bradford pear trees are in full bloom now, revealing beautiful white blooms but also emitting a stench that's similar to that of rotting fish. 

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5 Facts To Help You Celebrate International Beaver Day

In recognition of International Beaver Day on April 7, here are five facts to help you appreciate these industrious animals.

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5 Facts About Those Delightful Dandelions

The dandelion is probably the most hated plant in America, but it actually is an important part of the landscape. 

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Fourth Annual 'Bison Crawl' Goes Virtual

10/21/2021

The Forest Preserve District will co-host a Zoom webinar set for 11 a.m. November 6 as part of National Bison Day activities overseen locally by the USDA Forest Service's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. 

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Have You Captured a Picture-Perfect Moment in the Preserves? Enter It In This Month's Photo Contest

10/21/2021

Fall is in full swing, and if you're making it a point to spend some time enjoying the season in the Will County forest preserves, be sure to bring your camera so you can enter the District's Preserve the Moment photo contest. 

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