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Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Joliet Sewer Project

A section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs parallel to Houbolt Road on the west side of Joliet will be closed until further notice as the City of Joliet works on a sewer improvement project. 

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All Preserve Access Area Parking Lots, Dog Parks Closed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the extension of the stay-at-home order issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, all preserve access area parking lots, boat launches, and dog parks are closed through April 30. 

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Passport Program Celebrates Earth Day's Golden Anniversary

Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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Eastern Portion of Whalon Lake Preserve Closed to the Public the Week of April 13

The eastern portion of Whalon Lake preserve, including the trail around the lake, will be closed for a day or two the week of April 13 for weed control work.

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Beat Boredom with Stay-At-Home Backyard Nature Photo Contest

Grab your camera and snap some shots of the nature around your home for this special contest, which is designed to provide a creative outlet for cooped-up shutterbugs during the new coronavirus pandemic. 

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‘Found Objects Sculpture Trail’ Postponed Until Further Notice

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this sculpture trail has been postponed. Once it opens, possibly later this spring, seven sculptures created out of discarded items by artist Jennifer Meyer will be displayed along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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Annual 'Hugs for Hounds' Canceled

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of this popular doggie Easter egg hunt, which has been held at the Forest Preserve's Hammel Woods since 2009. 

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Dog Park Calendar Raises Nearly $6,000 For Humane Society

The Forest Preserve's 2020 dog park calendar highlighted pups that visit the District's six dog parks and animals rescued by the Humane Society, which is Will County's oldest no-kill shelter. 

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Celebrate Earth Day's Golden Anniversary in 2020

Sign up for Earth Day month programs to make a difference in the world around you and to honor the original Earth Day goal of having a positive impact on the planet. 

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Lewis University Receives Forest Preserve Partnership Award

The Forest Preserve's partnership award recognizes the school's ongoing assistance with preserve restoration, shoreline cleanup, District programming and more. 

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Monee Reservoir Visitor Center Reopens for the Season

Fishing licenses, tackle and snacks will be available at the site. 

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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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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes 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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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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Events

Migratory Bird Hike (Canceled)

Join us in search of the amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds that use Lake Renwick as a place to rest and refuel during migration.

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Morning Bird Hike at Plum Creek Nature Center (Canceled)

This program is for birders of all backgrounds, from beginners to experts. 

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The Buzz

Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

4/3/2020

Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Wins 'Tournament of Birds'

4/3/2020

It was a long road in the 16-bird field, where there were some very close matchups and some blowouts along the way, but the No. 1-seeded ruby-throated hummingbird emerged as this year's champion in the 'Tournament of Birds.'

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