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Aerial Photography at Messenger Woods

The District will be conducting aerial photography via a drone at Messenger Woods Nature Preserve on Thursday, October 18.

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Whalon Lake Loop Trail Section to Close Tuesday

A small section of the DuPage River Trial loop around Whalon Lake will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 23, as asphalt repairs are made.

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Bid Approved, Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

Action taken by the Forest Preserve Board will pave the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be built.

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Winter preparations begin

Drinking fountains will be turned off starting October 15, and concessions at Monee Reservoir and boat launches throughout the District will close for the season on November 1.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years.

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Submit Your Photos for October's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots before the monthly submission cutoff for our incredibly popular photo contest. 

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Keepataw Preserve Reopens After Construction

The preserve had been closed due to road construction along Bluff Road.

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GreenTown Will County Conference Focuses on Sustainable Communities

Forest Preserve staff will be presenting information on the Will County Bikeway Plan and composting during the October 26 conference.

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Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

Additional erosion control measures and lease flexibility changes begin in 2019.

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Hoof it to Sugar Creek for Bison Crawl Activities

The Forest Preserve will participate in National Bison Day on November 3 with ecology hikes and a bison chip throwing contest.

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Heartwarming 'Hug' Embraces Top Honors for September Photo Contest

Channahon woman's photo of a mom and baby squirrel embracing at McKinley Woods is the fifth finalist in the eight-month-long Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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Buzz on over to the 'Secret Lives of Bees' exhibit

The Purdue University traveling exhibit runs through November 30 at Plum Creek Nature Center and educates visitors about the importance of honeybees and other pollinators.

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Police Entrance Closed During Improvement Work

Improvements being made to the Forest Preserve police department's entrance will temporarily re-route visitors.

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Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

This story is the first in a series of "Happy Place" tales from Forest Preserve employees and members of the public.

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

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Migratory Bird Hike

Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

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Volunteer Workday: Sugar Creek Preserve

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

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The Buzz

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?


See if you can ace the test.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin


These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities. 

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