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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a winter weather event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

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Facebook Live Program Features 'Reptiles in Winter'

Find out what brumation means and where all the reptiles go when the temperatures dip and other creatures are hibernating. Tune in to the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page to view the program at noon, Wednesday, January 20, and ask questions in real time. 

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Forest Preserve District Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Employees will be off on Monday, January 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday; however, all preserves, trails, dog parks, parking lots and latrines will remain open. 

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January 29 Deadline Nears for 'Sculpting WILD' Juried Art Show Submissions

Artists who submit photos of their work online for consideration will be notified if they have been accepted into the show by February 9. Winners will receive $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third place and $100 for a people’s choice award.

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Boating Safety Information Crucial to Safe Outings

Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place. A two-part "Boat America" course being offered online via Zoom on January 23 and 30 will give you all the rules, regulations and safety tips you need to enjoy the water in 2021.

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New Bird-Friendly Glass Installed at Plum Creek Nature Center

The new glass features web-like fibers that will help prevent collisions at the nature center's bird viewing area. The new glass was included as part of a window replacement project. 

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Happening Now: A Bald Eagle Bonanza At Rock Run Rookery

While places like Rock Island and Starved Rock State Park in Utica are often go-to spots for those fascinated by America's bird, Rock Run Rookery has been providing more than a suitable alternative closer to home.

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Vote Now to Pick 2020 Preserve The Moment Photo Contest Winners

Vote for your favorite pictures on the Forest Preserve District's Facebook page to help determine who winds up in first, second and third place in the 2020 Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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Found Objects Art Trail Gains Interactive Component

Use your phone to scan a QR code along the trail to enhance your visitor experience by viewing a map of the artwork and answering questions at each stop. 

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Superior Sunrise Shot Wins December Photo Contest

Channahon resident Kevin Kuchler's photo of a sunrise at Lake Renwick Preserve won the final month of the contest, which ran from May through December. His photo will compete with other monthly finalists for overall contest honors via online voting on Facebook. 

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Give Eagles A Wide Berth When Out in the Preserves

If you go eagle watching this year, remember to give these amazing creatures a wide berth so you do not disturb their turf.

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Mysterious, Night-Dwelling Owls May Just Be The Coolest Birds Around

The Forest Preserve's Bob Bryerton tells us why owls are such fascinating creatures and why we just can't learn enough about these stealthy, winged beasts. 

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2021 Permits Now On Sale

2021 picnicking and camping permits will be available online or in person at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Other Forest Preserve visitor centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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December 'Buzz' Show Features Nesting Islands, Baby Turtles and Bird Feeding Tips

Take a virtual kayak trip to the islands of Lake Renwick Preserve, see state-endangered Blanding's turtles up close, and get some winter bird feeding tips during the December episode of the program, which will air live on Facebook at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 30.

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COVID-19 Update: Sugar Creek Administration Center Now Open; Other Visitor Centers will Remain Closed

While the administration center is set to reopen, members of the public are encouraged to use online resources as much as possible. All other Forest Preserve visitor centers will remain closed due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Dog parks, preserves, trails, campgrounds and latrines remain open. 

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Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike

Start the day off right with some self care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection. 

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Be a Birder Challenge (Canceled)

Challenge yourself on a self-guided hike to see how many bird species you can find. 

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The Buzz

Is Glitter Effecting Our Waterways? Yes, According to a Study


Adding a little sparkle to your life may have negative effects on our waterways when that sparkle comes in the form of glitter.

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Myth Buster: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike? Very Likely, But It's Hard To Prove


Every snowflake is unique, or at least as best as we can figure out. It's probably true that no two snowflakes are alike, but the sheer number of snowflakes makes it virtually impossible to determine with certainty.

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