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Forest Preserve Offers Year-Round Camping

Five campgrounds are located near rivers, trails, woodlands and shopping.

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Dog Park and Preserve Access Projects Delayed

Plum Valley Dog Park and Kankakee Sands access area will open later than originally estimated.

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Select Preserve Access Areas, Trails Closed for Sealcoating

Select preserve access areas and trails will be closed for sealcoating and restriping.

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Bridge Work Causes I&M Canal Trail Detour

Path users will be rerouted at Second Street in Lockport.

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Bees Swarm at Plum Creek Nature Center

The honeybee hive was abuzz with activity as thousands of bees left to search for a new home.

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Asphalt Work Scheduled on Old Plank Road Trail

Work to seal cracks on the Old Plank Road Trail is expected to begin Monday, July 17. Park Road access will be closed.

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This Week's Free Downloadable Wallpapers: Bodies of Water

Here's the latest installment in our series to help you bring the outdoors indoors. 

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Birthday Bridge for Old Plank Road Trail

The new bridge over Interstate 80 in New Lenox is up and running, and the old bridge has been removed just in time for the path’s 20th anniversary.

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Shorewood HUGS Presents Donation to Forest Preserve

The $2,000 donation will be used for the care and training of the District's police dog.

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Enter Your Sunset Photos for July's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Dazzle us with your best shot.

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Small-Dog Park Coming to Hammel Woods

An enclosure reserved for dogs under 35 pounds will open in 2018.

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This Week's Free Downloadable Wallpapers: Wildflowers

Whether you're a birder, a history buff, love snakes or merely enjoy all things nature-related, we're here to help bring nature to you through our series of wallpapers you can use as desktops and screensavers on your computer.

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Food Truck Fridays Head to Hickory Creek Barrens

The incredibly popular "Food Truck Fridays" moves to Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve in July.

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June Photo Contest Winner Chosen

A photo of a black-eyed Susan at Lake Chaminwood Preserve stood out among the entries in the wildflower portion of the contest.

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'Backyard Birds' Exhibit Lands in Forest Preserve

Chicago artist's paintings will be on display at three sites.

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Spot’s Clubhouse Scavenger Hunts

Spot and his friends are ready to test your hunting skills.

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Food Truck Friday

Come out to enjoy visiting food trucks in your community.

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The Buzz

Watch a snake hitch a ride to work on woman's windshield


It's a good thing she wasn't driving a convertible with the top down.

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Researchers have a quacky idea: Replace car horns with duck sounds


The sounds of nature have a way to grab someone's attention, and that's further confirmed by the results from a study looking into alternatives for the modern day car horn, where duck sounds emerged as the winner.

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