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Forest Preserve Police host National Night Out event

The event is in partnership with other police agencies and it will be held on August 6 at Monee Reservoir.

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Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips

Drink plenty of fluids, before and during outdoor activity, or postpone activities and stay inside. 

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Hickory Creek Bikeway Bridge Work Extended

Work on the eastern section of the trail will continue on Friday, August 19. The trail is open for users, but caution should be exercised.

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Rolls On, Gets A Bit Trashy

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves, and that's confirmed by the response we've seen to "Don't Be A Jerk," the Forest Preserve District's big, bold multimedia campaign. 

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Rock Run Bench Replacement Underway

Ten new benches will be installed in the Rock Run corridor as part of a bench improvement and replacement program instituted in 2016. 

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Vendors Sought for Hummingbird Fest & Nature Celebration

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking vendors for its "Hummingbird Festival & Nature Celebration," scheduled for August 17.

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Discounted Dog Park Permits Now On Sale

Half-year dog park permits are now on sale.

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Namaste Awhile: Yoga Coming To Four Rivers

Connect with nature in a new way through upcoming yoga programs in the Will County preserves. 

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2020 Dog Park Calendar Sales to Benefit Will County's Homeless Dogs

Next year may seem like a world away, but the forecast is calling for daily doses of furry cuteness for everyone who purchases a 2020 calendar featuring the adorable dogs that frequent the District's dog parks.

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Red-tailed hawk strikes a pose to snare June photo contest win

The photo was taken by Robert Schwaan of Lemont at Veterans Woods in Romeoville. 

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Rent a kayak at Whalon Lake, or sign up for a Forest Preserve paddling program

Hot weather means it's time to hit the water in a kayak and the Forest Preserve District has many options for you to try in every corner of the county, including the new kayak rental program at Whalon Lake in Naperville.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Tellef Keeps Watch on Horseback

Karen Tellef volunteers as a trail sentinel, keeping a watchful eye on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail while riding her horse, Raz.

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'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

More than 100 students from six high schools worked recently in the heat and humidity to remove invasive species and trash from two preserves. 

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Forest Preserve Rolls Out ‘Don’t be a Jerk’ Campaign

The multimedia effort will include videos, signs and social media posts urging people to pick up after their dog, properly dispose of cigarette butts and fishing line, share the trails and other preserve etiquette, pro-nature messages.

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July Lineup Announced for 'Food Truck Fridays'

The program runs every Friday, from 5-7:30 p.m., on a rotating basis at four preserves.

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Events

Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

See the dazzling spectacle of herons, egrets and cormorants! 

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Paddle Rock Run Rookery (Intermediate)

Paddle around the islands and inlets of Rock Run Rookery.

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The Buzz

The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

7/12/2019

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

7/12/2019

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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