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Food Truck Friday at Hickory Creek

8/13/2021: Food trucks are back, so grab a bite to eat in the great outdoors.

Island Showcase & Food Truck Friday

7/30/2021: Join us to celebrate the completion of the new Native American lifeways exhibit and see all the recent improvements around the preserve, plus taste the offerings from local food trucks.

Food Truck Friday at Hammel Woods

8/6/2021: Food trucks are back, so grab a bite to eat in the great outdoors.

Food Truck Friday at Whalon Lake

8/20/2021: Food trucks are back, so grab a bite to eat in the great outdoors.

Food Truck Friday at Messenger Marsh

8/27/2021: Food trucks are back, so grab a bite to eat in the great outdoors.

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.

Nosh in Nature This Summer with the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

The family-friendly food truck program rotates between four preserves from June through August. In addition to grabbing a bite to eat and a dessert, attendees can participate in fun activities and relax on the grass to socialize. Or they can grab a to-go meal to enjoy at home. Check the Event Calend

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.

Endangered Species Quilt Exhibition Runs Through July 25

The 182 quilts depict endangered species from around the world, highlighting their plight and the need for human intervention to prevent their extinction. Quilters throughout the country created the colorful 24-inch-by-24-inch quilted panels that will be on display through July 25 at Forest Preserve

Monee Reservoir

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities

Book Your Special Event at the Forest Preserve’s New Island Shelter

The new shelter at Isle a la Cache preserve overlooks the Des Plaines River and has a maximum capacity of 150 people. The shelter is a perfect spot for weddings, birthdays, reunions and other family and organizational gatherings.

Summer Campaign Targets Litter as 'Public Enemy No. 1'

The series of educational stories and social media posts will focus on the costs of litter and the damage it does to flora and fauna. The campaign also will seek to enlist members of the public to refrain from littering or to clean up the mess left behind by others in an effort to protect Will Count

Whalon Lake

The 249-acre Whalon Lake was acquired between 1992 and 2007. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Hickory Creek Preserve

Hickory Creek Preserve has three shelters available at Hickory Creek Junction and the LaPorte Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Canoeing/Kayaking

The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.

Joliet Iron Works Protects Cultural History

After peeling back the layers, this unique preserve conserves a piece of the 'City of Steel's' heritage.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is located at 25055 W. Walnut Lane, off of Blackberry Lane south of Bridge Street, in Channahon.

Joliet Iron Works: After the Whistle Blows Tour

8/5/2021: Anyone interested in local history will enjoy this insightful tour of the blue-collar origins of Joliet.

McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.

The Bats of Will County

Get to know the eight species that call the preserves home.

Whalon Lake

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

Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Isle a la Cache Preserve

Isle a la Cache 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.

Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Shooting Stars and Jammin’ Guitars

7/30/2021: Join us for an evening of music, a campfire and the potential to see some shooting stars.

Volunteer Workday: Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve

9/16/2021: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers and get some fresh air and exercise.

Recent Land Acquisitions Push District Past 22,500 Acres

A 40-acre Homer Township purchase will expand Hadley Valley Preserve and provide a missing link for a Spring Creek Greenway Trail extension, and a 40-acre Washington Township donation will begin the establishment of a new eastern Will County preserve.

New Joliet Iron Works Interpretive Signs Bring the Story Alive

The new Joliet Iron Works signs were installed this past winter, and they focus more on the workers who braved great heat and heights to earn their paychecks and the neighborhoods and gathering sites they built in and around downtown Joliet.

Hadley Valley Habitat Restoration

The Hadley Valley Habitat Restoration project is an ongoing project conducted at multiple locations in Hadley Valley in several phases over the past decade with the assistance of various grants and partnerships.

Fed up With Litter? Fight Back and Join the ‘Public Enemy No. 1 Cleanup Day’

As part of its "Litter: Public Enemy No. 1" campaign, the Forest Preserve District has scheduled a public litter cleanup day on July 31 at Hadley Valley – Gougar Road Access in Joliet. And free pickers are being given away to the first 100 people who request them at five visitor centers.

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.

Quiz: What's Your Garter Snake IQ?

Test your knowledge with this 10-question quiz.

Riverview Farmstead Preserve

The 387-acre Riverview Farmstead Preserve was acquired between 1994 and 2012. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Biting Through Bats' Bum Rap

Despite the trepidation many people feel toward bats, they play a crucial role in the world, one that is critical to our survival.

Snakes in the Water? Don't Worry; They're Not After You

Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.

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