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Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest

More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

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Portion of Spring Creek Greenway Trail Closed Tuesday for Maintenance

A section of trail located at Messenger Marsh will be closed Tuesday morning for maintenance. The segment includes the entire portion of trail east of Bell Road. The dog park at the preserve will not be impacted.

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

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Fall in Love With Autumn During a Seasonal Outing

Whether it's a trick-or-treat outing or a hike to see the changing leaves, there are plenty of programs to pick from in the coming months. 

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End of the Season Price Reduction on Camping Gear Rentals

All camping gear rentals are 50 percent off through the end of the year.

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Sign Up for Volunteer Workdays to Improve the Preserves

Fifteen workdays involving brush control or seed collection have been scheduled for September 28 through December 15 at various preserves. 

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‘Big Fish Contest’ Participants Reel in Prizes for Winning Entries

Prizes were awarded for the biggest bass, biggest panfish and biggest catfish.

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Hay Program Keeps Woody and Weedy Plants at Bay

Late summer and fall are the time for hay bales to appear in the preserves.

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Romeoville Man's Snail Snapshot Wins August's Portion of Photo Contest

Mark Hanna moved the snail to safety off of a bike path before he snapped the winning photo. 

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'Woods Walk' Hiking Challenge In Full Swing

Participants who tackle seven of 10 designated trails before the program ends on November 30 will receive a collector's medal. 

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Carter Wright Draws on Interests in Photography, Wildlife for His Volunteer Role

Carter Wright's interests in photography and wildlife are the perfect complement to his work as a volunteer interpreter at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

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Wanted: Volunteer Stewards, Dog Park Caretakers and Interpretive Aides

The Forest Preserve District is looking to fill a variety of volunteer positions.

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Photo Contest Fun Has Only Just Begun; Plenty of Time to Enter Your Snapshots!

The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is visit a preserve and let your imagination and your camera lens run wild.

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Youth Group Camping Now Offers Flexible Programming at Multiple Sites

Programs led by interpretive naturalists can be delivered at four of the Forest Preserve's campgrounds. 

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Order a 2020 Canine Calendar Today to Benefit Homeless Pets in Will County

Calendars filled with photogenic pups from the Forest Preserve's dog parks will be delivered in time for the holidays, and each calendar sold will generate $10 for the Will County Humane Society.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Autumnal Equinox Campfire

Celebrate the coming of fall in a beautiful forest preserve. 

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The Buzz

Monarch Migration is in Full Swing at Midewin, and Here's the Visual Proof


The number of monarchs roosting each evening is quite impressive.

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Eavesdropping Is a Survival Skill for Squirrels, Study Shows


Squirrels eavesdrop on birds to help them determine if an area is safe from potential predators, according to a recent study.

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