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Mokena woman chosen as Forest Preserve's Volunteer of the Year

Phyllis Schulte was honored for her 27 years as a volunteer and her stewardship of Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

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Crosswalk Restriping Slated to Begin April 24

Restriping of the crosswalks will not affect trail access.

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Aerial Photography at Hickory Creek Preserve

The District will be conducting aerial photography via a drone at Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access on Saturday, April 21.

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Don't Fall for Food Truck Fridays Hoax Circulating on Facebook

The Forest Preserve was recently made aware of a Facebook page for Hammel Woods that is portraying itself as belonging to the District and spreading false information.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Sentinel Andrea Pletzke

Forest Preserve Volunteer Andrea Pletzke is so grateful that the District is saving open space for everyone to enjoy.

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Save the date for the return of ‘Food Truck Fridays’

This summer's weekly nosh fest will feature more food, more trucks and more fun!

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Slow Your Roll to Help Keep Turtles Safe This Spring

Not only are more people going to be out and about on the trails, but so will turtles during nesting season.

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'Recycle Your Bicycle' gets rolling on April 17

New and used bikes can be donated at two locations during this semiannual event, which collects bikes for people around the world who are in need of a mode of transportation.

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Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

The large painting, which was created in 2016 for the Forest Preserve by graffiti/mural artist Ryan "ARCY" Christenson, will be viewable from May 1 through September 2.

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Kite Fly Fest Swoops in to Plum Creek Nature Center

Go fly a kite at the Forest Preserve's 'Jammin Family Kite Fly Festival,' or watch as the pros perform synchronized kite flying at Plum Creek Nature Center.

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Volunteers Needed at Monee Reservoir

Individuals are needed to assist the public during fishing and boating programs at Monee Reservoir. 

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Plan Your Spring and Summer with 'The Weekly Five'

This email blast will keep you up to date on upcoming programs and events.

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Chevron donates $1,000 to Forest Preserve District

A donation by Chevron Environmental Management Co. will be used to plant trees at Forest Preserve access areas.

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Celebrate Earth Day with these volunteer opportunities

Pick up trash, help remove invasive species or recycle your bicycle during Earth Day week activities.

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Native plant seminars and sale coming in April and May

The Nature Foundation of Will County has scheduled three seminars and a two-day plant sale to help gardeners learn how to incorporate native species into their landscape to benefit wildlife.

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Volunteer Workday: O'Hara Woods

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

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The Buzz

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Rabbits?


That time of year is upon us, when the local forest preserves and your yards could quite literally be littered with rabbits and their offspring.

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Watch: The Power of Nature as Told Through Timelapse Video


There are many ways to showcase the sheer power of nature and, while a photo or standard video can do the trick, there's nothing more magically jaw-dropping than a timelapse video.

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