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Crosswalk restriping slated for this week on Old Plank Road Trail

A contractor will be restriping the crosswalks along the trail on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Reopens August 16 for General Use

Fledgling birds born at the rookery have aged enough to be able to fend for themselves, so the preserve access will reopen for birdwatching and hiking.

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Don't Be a Jerk: Announcing 'On Your Left' As You Pass Slower Trail Traffic Is The Right Thing To Do

With more and more bicyclists taking to the trails during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's imperative that everyone learn proper trail etiquette; announce your intent to pass, pass on the left and stay to the right when not passing. 

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Windstorm Closes Joliet Iron Works

Forest Preserve operations crews continue to clear away branches and trees that fell on paths and parking lots during a windstorm on Monday, August 10; preserve visitors are urged to use caution. 

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Hey, What's the Deal With Those Bales in the Preserves?

Late summer and fall are the time for hay bales to appear in the preserves during the annual harvest program the Forest Preserve District uses to keep woody and weedy plants at bay.

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Bridge Photo Carries New Lenox Man to Photo Contest Win

Paul Wenger is the third monthly winner so far this year, with five more months to go before all eight finalists compete for top Preserve the Moment contest honors in January 2021.

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Use Caution as Repair Work Takes Place on I&M Canal and Wauponsee Glacial Trails

Path users should slow down or avoid the areas where "road mix" rock has been placed on the trails to repair low spots prior to limestone screenings being added. 

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Stellato Family’s ‘Happy Place’: Loving Nature and Removing Litter at Hammel Woods

Vince Stellato is teaching his two sons to appreciate and absorb nature and to pick up litter on their frequent jaunts to Hammel Woods. 

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'The Buzz' Nature Show Takes Flight Online and on Local TV

Interpretive naturalist Suzy Lyttle took viewers on a nature exploration during the July 29 debut of "The Buzz," a new Forest Preserve show that will air monthly on Facebook, YouTube and local cable access stations. 

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Earth Day Anniversary Celebration Continues through September 15

Check out the online list of programs and activities, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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Cute Canine Models Needed for 2021 Fundraising Calendar

The Forest Preserve is looking for a new pack of dogs to be featured in a 2021 dog park calendar, with proceeds benefiting the Will County Humane Society.

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Larger Lakeside Shelter Opens at Whalon Lake

A new picnic shelter adjacent to the 80-acre Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook can host larger celebrations and gatherings at the popular preserve. 

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‘Don’t Be A Jerk’ Marketing Campaign Wins National Award

The 2019 marketing campaign highlighted bad behavior in the preserves and how it can ruin other people's nature outings and harm wildlife. 

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Here We Go Again: Another Bird Killed by Fishing Line in the Preserves

It's becoming an all too common occurrence that shouldn't happen at all in the preserves or elsewhere, seeing dead birds hanging from trees after getting tangled up in fishing line.

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Summer Paddling Program Launches with New Format

Paddling program participants will be required to bring their own boats, personal flotation devices and paddles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Events

Draw to ID Flowers

Enjoy a peaceful August day identifying your favorite flower through the use of sketching and using a field guide.

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Reptile Hike! Exploring Kankakee Sands

Learn why the sandy soil at Kankakee Sands creates a unique habitat for many animals, including reptiles.

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The Buzz

First Murder Hornets, Now Zombie Cicadas. Luckily, Their Names Make Them Sound Worse Than They Are

8/4/2020

Zombie cicadas are the latest scary-sounding insect to roam the world, but much like the murder hornets before them they sound scarier than they actually are.

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Quiz: What's Your Belted Kingfisher IQ?

8/3/2020

Find out on this 10-question quiz.

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