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Foundation's Donation Will Fund Forest Preserve Projects, Programs

A donation of $48,610 from The Nature Foundation of Will County will pay for a Goodenow Grove Campground welcome station, complete with a solar charging station, and for wetland restoration also at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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Forest Preserve District Closes for Thanksgiving Holiday

Employees will be off for the holiday beginning at noon on Wednesday through Friday, November 27; however, all preserves, trails, dog parks, parking lots and latrines will remain open. 

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Nature Show - 'The Buzz' - Features Feathered and Furry Creatures

Owls, sandhill cranes, and bones and furs will be highlighted during November's episode of 'The Buzz,' which airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, on Facebook.

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Rare Bird Alert: Eurasian Wigeon Spotted Near Four Rivers

Bird migration season can yield some unlikely sightings and birders are flocking to the area around Four Rivers Environmental Education Center after a Eurasian wigeon was spotted in the area over the weekend.

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Bridge Repairs Scheduled for Four Rivers Site

Work to repair a bridge over the I&M Canal at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon is scheduled to begin Monday, November 23. The entrance to the visitor center will be reduced to one lane, but signs will be posted alerting motorists to the project. 

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Take a Crack at Cashing in With November's Photo Contest

Time is of the essence if you want to enter the November portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center Awarded $750,000 State Museum Grant

The money will be combined with existing Forest Preserve funds to continue the process of converting the Channahon visitor center into a state-of-the-art public facility with expanded indoor and outdoor nature education opportunities and programs.

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Visitor Centers Closed to the Public due to COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

Visitor centers will close to the public starting at 4 p.m. Friday, November 20. Dog parks, trails, preserves, campgrounds and latrines will remain open. Indoor programs will be canceled, outdoor programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and online programs will continue.

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'Gather' Film Tells the Story of Native Americans Fighting for Food Sovereignty

The 74-minute documentary released in 2020 highlights the personal and political struggles of Native Americans, who were almost wiped out during colonization and who are working to heal centuries of trauma. 

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Forest Preserve Board Approves 2021 Budget

The Forest Preserve's 2021 budget includes funding for numerous improvement projects throughout the District as well as for land acquisition. The overall property tax rate will decrease by 1.57 percent. 

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Craig and Ferry Named Volunteers of the Year

The two longtime volunteers were honored for their service in 2019. The awards were delayed due to COVID-19 and were eventually given out virtually by the Forest Preserve District.

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Coyote Cruises to October Photo Contest Win

Eileen Capodice of Minooka snapped October's winning photo, and her picture of a coyote will be one of eight finalists to compete for overall honors after the contest concludes December 31. Two more monthly photo contest finalists will be chosen from November and December submissions, so there is still time to enter.

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Prescribed Burn Season: Here's Where We're Burning Today

This map is updated daily as another way to notify the public when a prescribed burn is being conducted.

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Applicants Sought For 2021 'Sculpting WILD' Juried Art Show

Sculptors can submit photos of their work for consideration from November 1-January 29. Winners will receive $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third place and $100 for a people’s choice award.

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2021 Dog Park Permits Now On Sale

Dog park permits can be used at all six dog parks and they can be purchased online or at one of four visitor centers. 

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Events

Stop, Drop, Pumpkin Roll

Stop by Plum Creek Nature Center and send off your post-holiday pumpkin with a bang. 

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Stop, Drop, Pumpkin Roll

Stop by Plum Creek Nature Center and send off your post-holiday pumpkin with a bang. 

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The Buzz

Eyes To the Skies For A Planetary Alignment Not Seen Since 1623

11/25/2020

On the night of the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in the night sky than they have since 1623.

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Myth Buster: Dogs' Mouths Aren't Really Cleaner Than Humans

11/25/2020

Contrary to popular belief, dogs' mouths are just as dirty as humans'. 

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