As summer turns to fall, don't put off getting out into the forest preserves to see some of the best autumn scenes that Will County has to offer. And when you do, make sure to “Share the View.”
This ongoing program offers jumbo-size photo frames at nine scenic spots located throughout the District. The 4-by-6 foot woodsy frames are adorned with the District’s mascot, Willy the Woodchuck, and are just waiting for you to capture your best nature pose. Participants are being encouraged to take photos with the frames and post the shots to social media.
Snap a photo of an enticing forest preserve landscape, grab your friends and family and take a picture to commemorate a preserve outing, or take a photo with your hiking or biking buddies before or after a workout.
Once you have the perfect view or pose, post the photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag the Forest Preserve District in the posts with @willcoforests and use the hashtag #sharetheview so we see the posts. When tagging us on Facebook, be sure to set your post to public so we can see it.
Once a month we randomly select a participant to receive an insulated messenger bag as a prize.
The frames will remain in the preserves through November, so there is plenty of time to get photos during the changing seasons. And don't forget, you can double your fun by also participating in "Woods Walk," which runs from September 1-November 30. A small selection of frames are located within the general vicinity of a "Woods Walk" trail.
If that weren't enough, the Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment photo contest gives amateur photographers the opportunity to submit their best "non-framed" nature shot taken in a Will County forest preserve for a chance to win a Visa gift card. Be sure to read the rules before getting started.
“The purpose of the ‘Share the View’ program is to provide a new and fun way for our public to record their experiences in a Will County forest preserve and to share the beauty of the preserves with family and friends,” said Ralph Schultz, the District’s chief operating officer.
Some of the frames are easier to find and are close to access areas, but a few are nestled deeper into the preserves and you will have to search for them.
The frames are located at these preserves: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Isle a la Cache, Kankakee Sands Preserve, McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove, Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Monee Reservoir and Whalon Lake.
Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access was also included as a location, but has since been removed due to vandalism.
The “Share the View” program is sponsored by The Nature Foundation of Will County.
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