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Quilts, Food Trucks and Zombies, the 2021 Event Lineup has it All

The event schedule offers a wide range of activities that are sprinkled throughout the year to inspire patrons to revisit sites they already love and to motivate others to discover a new place to enjoy the outdoors. Art, food, nature and fitness are all on tap as we get underway for some fun in '21.

Food Truck Friday

6/25/2021: Food trucks are back this summer, so grab a bite to eat while enjoying the great outdoors.

Food Truck Friday

6/4/2021: Food trucks are back this summer, so grab a bite to eat while enjoying the great outdoors.

Food Truck Friday

6/18/2021: Food trucks are back this summer, so grab a bite to eat while enjoying the great outdoors.

Food Truck Friday

6/11/2021: Food trucks are back this summer, so grab a bite to eat while enjoying the great outdoors.

Full Moon Paddle and Pinot

6/25/2021: Paddle the reservoir with your adult friends and certified instructors while taking advantage of the full moon lighting.

Happening Now: Hundreds of Pelicans Return to Channahon

One of the most anticipated events among birders each spring and fall is the arrival of the American white pelicans at McKinley Woods in Channahon, and now is the time you'll start seeing these birds along the waterways in the area.


Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.

Here's How To Create A Healthy Bat Habitat in Your Yard — And Why You Should

Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?

See if you can ace the test.

The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

Plum Creek Nature Center

The Plum Creek Nature Center offers visitors a place to explore the natural world, with hands-on exhibits and interactive play elements.

The Recipe For Success With Hummingbird Feeders: Sugar and Water

Seeing hummingbirds in the wild is a true delight, and you can attact these tiny birds to your own yard by stocking hummingbirds with food made simply by mixing sugar and boiling water.

Migration Watch: Hummingbirds Have Landed in Will County

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.

This Dead Great Blue Heron Is Hanging From A Tree Due To Human Carelessness

The photo isn't easy to look at, but it's important to share it to raise awareness of how deadly the trash being left behind in the preserves can be to wildlife.

Creature Feature: The Awesome Osprey

Osprey or eagle? Learn what sets the osprey apart from other birds of prey.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

The Backyard Birds of Will County

You've probably seen many of these feathered friends, but how much do you know about them?

Isle a la Cache Museum

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.

How To Keep The Birds Visiting Your Yard All Winter Long

The days have become noticeably colder and shorter, and food supplies have become more scarce for many birds. But you can keep birds visiting your yard all year long by providing the right foods.

Foundation Offers 2021 Plant Sales and Educational Seminars

The Nature Foundation of Will County's spring plant sale has concluded, but two more plant sales will be popping up in the coming weeks.

Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy 'sky dances' and a weird walk to help them find food.

Creature Feature: The Royal-Sounding Queen Snake

The royal-sounding queen snake is common in the Great Lakes region. This snake, often seen near water, is sometimes confused with the garter snake and the northern water snake. Learn what sets it apart.

Give Eagles A Wide Berth When Out in the Preserves

If you attend an eagle-viewing program this year or attempt to see or photograph them on your own, remember to give these amazing creatures wide berth so you do not disturb their turf.

Do You Have Bats Living Nearby? State Researchers Want To Know

If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois.

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site was acquired between 1991 and 1997. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Your Guide to Paddling Will County

The preserves offer excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities on our local waterways

Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access

The Turtle Lake access is one of three at the the 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve, which was acquired between 1989 and 2010.

Earth Day Safari at Plum Creek Nature Center

4/3/2021-4/25/2021: Explore the hidden gems of the preserve using our official safari gear including a backpack, safari hats, binoculars, critter containers, magnifying lenses, journals, reference books and more.

Hammel Woods

Hammel Woods has two shelters available, located at the Crumby Recreation Area and Route 59 Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

DuPage River Trail

The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.

Nature Curiosity: Why Do Coyotes Howl?

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?

Recycle Your Bicycle

4/10/2021-4/25/2021: This program is designed to practice environmental stewardship while helping others, which is a win-win!


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.

Ducks Know What They're Doing; Leave Their Nests Alone

That duck nest you think is in a bad spot probably isn't. The duck knew what she was doing when she built it, and moving it will cause more harm than good.

Whalon Lake

Whalon Lake has two shelters available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

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