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Holiday Closures Christmas, New Year's Day

All Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays.

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Sign Up Now for Wildlife Monitoring Workshops 

Both beginning and experienced wildlife monitors are invited to attend a series of free, upcoming workshops on recording data related to frogs and toads, dragonflies, and butterflies found in Will County forest preserves.

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2019 Camping and Picnicking Permits Go On Sale January 2

For the first time, camping and picnicking permits can be booked online starting January 2.

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Get Outdoors This Winter to Preserve Your Physical and Mental Health

The Forest Preserve offers many winter recreation opportunities including sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and hiking.

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‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ Exhibition opens January 29 at Four Rivers

The exhibition consists of iconic photos of the artist and her home and garden; reproductions of several of her paintings; and information about native Mexican plants, festivities, food and drink.

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Work to Continue on Old Plank Road Trail

Crews are expected to resume brush cleanup on the trail starting next week and continue the work possibly through Monday, December 31.

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Ward Off Winter Blues with Volunteer Workdays

Sign up for a volunteer workday to help improve the preserves and to reap the benefits of getting outside during winter.

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Forest Preserve Saves $905,000 with Bond Refunding

The refunding of $10 million in bonds was made possible by the District's Aa1 credit rating.

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Time's Running Out to Enter 2018 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your photos to be sure you're not left out in the cold.

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Summers Elected Forest Preserve Board President

During a reorganization meeting on Monday, December 10, the Board elected new officers and new committee chairs and vice chairs.

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Do Not Disturb: Eagle Watching Tips and Guidelines

As smaller bodies of water begin to freeze, the open waters of larger rivers attract eagles wintering in the Midwest. But take care to not disturb the birds as you attempt to watch or photograph these amazing creatures.

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Volunteering Leads to New Passion for Carrie Rock

Carrie Rock's interest in Native American culture first drew her to volunteering with the Forest Preserve District more than two decades ago.

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Shelf Fungi Shine in November Portion of Photo Contest

The shimmering mushrooms took top honors for Lowell, Ind., resident Mandy Bellamy.

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Buy ‘Green’ Gifts – And Edible Bugs – at Plum Creek Nature Center

The newly revamped gift shop now features items from environmentally friendly and fair trade companies.

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Counting the Days to the Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

Volunteers are being sought for local bird counts on December 15 and 29, and bird-watchers of all experience levels can sign up in advance to participate.

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Winter Campfire & Stroll

Welcome the winter season and spend a spell around a warm fire. 

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Stories in the Snow

Join us as we explore a (hopefully) wintry wonderland and investigate where our animal friends go when it gets cold.

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Quiz: How Savvy Are You About Snowy Owls?


Take this quiz to see how much you know about this treasured species.

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers


Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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