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See How 'Nature Takes Flight' In Second Annual Juried Art Show

The 'Nature Takes Flight Juried Art Competition' includes 55 artworks that will be on display at Plum Creek Nature Center from March 3 through April 3. 

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Sections of Old Plank Road Trail to Close

Portions of the Old Plank Road Trail will be closed as a powerful boom mower cuts vegetation away from the path.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Set To Close for Nesting Season

The site will be closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs. The other two access areas for the preserve – Turtle Lake and Copley Nature Park – remain open from 8 a.m.-sunset year-round.

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Foundation Donation Pays for Forest Preserve Enhancements

The February donation is just the beginning of an estimated $70,000 the Foundation will provide the District in 2020, more than double last year's total. 

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Field Trip Offers Students More Than Just the Sweet Taste of Syrup

A special field trip opportunity is being offered in March for educators who want their students to learn the age-old art of maple syrup making.

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Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Four Months

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road on the west side of Joliet be closed until April.

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Large Ruts Create Potential Hazard Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail

Path users should proceed with caution along a portion of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail just south of Laraway Road in Joliet, where two large ruts or bumps were inadvertently created during contractual work taking place in the area.

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Coyotes More Likely to Protect Their Turf During Mating, Pupping Seasons

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near, so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Prevent Vehicle Burglaries by Following These Tips

Forest Preserve police are reminding visitors to lock their vehicles and to leave valuables at home as they plan their 2020 nature outings. 

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Snake Photo Snatches Top Prize in 2019 Photo Contest

College student Jacob Dalen of Manhattan took the winning shot at Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort. 

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Three-part Series Teaches Sustainability Techniques

The "Leap into Sustainability" program shows how all of our actions impact planet Earth, and it maps out a way to change our behavior by taking 'baby steps' to reach lofty 'green' goals. 

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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'Leafing Through Time' Book Club Debuts at Isle a la Cache

The club will feature books focusing on nature, cultural history and environmental impact.

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Massive Restoration Project Underway at Goodenow Grove

The work will make the site more hospitable to Species of Greatest Conservation Need by removing invasive plants, stopping erosion and protecting the trees and ponds creatures need to flourish. 

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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a winter weather event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

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The Magical World of Bird Migration

Learn about bird migration then venture outside and view birds along the Des Plaines River. 

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Winter Survival Skills

Learn basic winter survival skills, including essential survival gear, survival priorities and how to maintain a good mindset.

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The Buzz

Creature Feature: American Badgers Are Digging Machines


The American badger isn't as well-known as many of the other mammals that call Will County home, but these fascinating creatures are exceptional diggers that are known to work alongside coyotes to hunt. 

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With First Eggs Laid, Bald Eagle Nesting Season Has Begun in Will County


It may be a little bit ahead of schedule, but one of our resident bald eagle pairs in the preserves are soon going to be new parents after the female laid at least one egg early last week.

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