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.
The I&M Canal Trail travels 7.57 miles from the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site north through Lockport to Romeoville.
Throughout Will County, the Forest Preserve District has provided paved and limestone screened trails that are ideal for biking. Whether you are seeking a leisurely ride or a serious workout, a trail is available and it is likely close to home.
Bee, wasp or hornet? Learn the differences among these stinging insects.
The sound of a coyote howling in the night is enough to stop people in their tracks, but have you ever stopped to think about what they are saying?
Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood most often is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.
The popular "Woods Walk" hiking challenge began September 1 and runs through November 30. Hike seven of 10 trails to receive a medallion.
We've said farewell to a few Blanding's turtles and welcomed two others as part of the District's role in the Blanding's Turtle Recovery Program.
Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.
Sugar Creek Administration Center serves as the main office for the District. The administration center is a model of green architecture and has gained recognition from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), a national standard for sustainable buildings.
Read the full rules of the annual photo contest before submitting photos.
The 455-acre Plum Valley Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2000. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.
The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities
The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.
Use this upload tool to enter the annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.
Most spiders have eight eyes, but not all spiders have good vision.
Turtle or tortoise? There are some key differences between these animals, but if you saw it here in Illinois you can rest assured it was a turtle.
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
Spider silk is stronger than any other fiber on Earth, but how do these eight-legged creatures make it? They are specially equipped for making silk, with glands and structures designed for just that purpose.
Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.
Runyon Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology.
The Rock Run Greenway Trail travels 11.24 miles from Crest Hill south through Joliet.
Despite the trepidation many people feel toward bats, they play a crucial role in the world, one that is critical to our survival.
Use this form to submit your travel log for the 2021 "Woods Walk."
Half-price permits are available for purchase online, by mail or in person at one of four visitor centers. The permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2021.
If you're counting down the days to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.
12/2/2021: Take a virtual hike to learn about the birds found in the preserves. You may be surprised that there are so many different types.
Rock Run Preserve has one shelter available at the Black Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter
Among birds, woodpeckers stand out for their uniqueness. Learn what sets them apart from other birds.
Every now and then, you can get very lucky when out in the preserves and spot something truly amazing.
Witchcraft, shadows and zombies are creeping into the Forest Preserve District's autumn lineup. But don't be afraid, get engaged with some unusual topics and outings.
From their appearance to their behaviors, opossums are unique in many ways.
11/16/2021: Dive into facts about the owls of Will County, including key characteristics like how big they are, calls, location, etc.
Riverview Farmstead Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.