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Volunteers Sought for Summer Workdays

Sign up for a summer workday to help keep the preserves free of invasive species and hospitable for native flora and fauna.

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Foundation's $10,000 Donation Funds Pollinator Garden

The garden, which is already growing and was unveiled during the recent "Island Rendezvous," will benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators. 

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Naperville Bird-Watcher Plans 'Big Year' of Birding in Will County

Joe Devine has been watching birds since childhood, but now he's decided to record as many Will County bird sightings as possible in one year.

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Paddling, Campfire Weekend Coming to Monee Reservoir

College students, adults and families will each have a paddling program to choose from on June 20, 21 or 23. 

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Shorewood HUGS Donation Supports Forest Preserve's K-9

Shorewood HUGS raised $2,500 for the care and training of the Forest Preserve District's K-9, Jullo, at this year's "HUGS for Hounds" Easter egg hunt. 

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Calling All Dogs! Furry Models Needed for 2020 Calendar

The Forest Preserve District is looking for a few very good dogs to strike a pose for a 2020 calendar, with proceeds benefiting the Will County Humane Society.

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Share Your 'Food Truck Fridays' Experience with Our Snapchat Filters and Lenses

Heading out to "Food Truck Fridays"? Share your experience in a fun way with our Snapchat filters and lenses.

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Free Outdoor Exploration Program Kicks Off June 10

The Forest Preserve District has partnered with the Crete Park District on Community OPEN, a program which encourages outside play and the exploration of nature during six days of free communitywide activities. 

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Parking Lot at Schneider's Passage Trailhead Now Open

The parking lot at Schneider's Passage trailhead entrance is now open after being closed for pavement resurfacing.

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Heron's Hunt Wins May Photo Contest

This blue heron's successful hunt of a northern water snake was captured by Eileen Capodice of Minooka.

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‘Arts & Nature on the River’ set for June 15 in Channahon

Hear the music, see the paintings, soak in the scenery and get in touch with your inner artist during this fourth annual art affair at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. 

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In a Preserve When Severe Weather Strikes? Here's What to Do

Severe weather can strike at any time. Here's what you need to know to be prepared if you're spending time outdoors.

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This Robin Would Be Alive Right Now if the Fishing Line Was Properly Disposed Of

This American robin couldn't escape fishing line it became entangled in earlier this week at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville.

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Free Compost Available at Sugar Creek

A pile of leftover compost in the back parking lot at Sugar Creek Administration Center can be scooped up by members of the public who want to improve their garden soil.

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'No Gear, No Problem' Camping Equipment Rental Program Begins June 10

The new program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at Forest Preserve campgrounds.

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Father's Appreciation Day: Monee Reservoir

Dad, for all your hard work this year, this day is for you.

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Take Me Fishing Promotion

This is the perfect opportunity to grab the family for some quality time out on the water at Monee Reservoir.

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The Buzz

It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You


We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

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'Zombie Snakes' Have Gone Viral, But They Aren't Dangerous To Humans


Zombie snakes on the loose? Not really. These snakes are just playing dead to protect themselves from predators, and they pose no risk to humans.

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