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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.

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Peak Summer Days May Bring Problem Plants

Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.

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Plum Valley Preserve access, dog park closer to completion

A change order approved Thursday, June 14, by the Forest Preserve's Board will pave the way for the work to be completed by late July or early August.

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Enter Your Photos for June's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

There's never been a better time to hit the trails and snap some stunning photographs.

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Keepataw Preserve Closed During Construction

Work along Bluff Road has traffic down to one lane.

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Quilt Show Founder Details Her Labor of Love

Donna DeSoto, who spearheaded the "Inspired by the National Parks" quilt exhibition, shares how her Beatles quilt show led her to the national parks effort.

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‘Rock the Woods’ pairs free concerts and food truck fare

Savor summer with some rock and country tunes and fun food choices at Goodenow Grove and Lower Rock Run preserves.

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Forest Preserve Police Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Several members of the Forest Preserve's police department participated in the recent Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser.

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Fiddyment Creek Pact Enlarges Preserve, Provides Trail Seed Money

The agreement with Homer Glen will fill in a preserve gap and allow the District to apply for federal grants for a new phase of Veterans Memorial Trail.

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National parks quilt exhibition opens June 17

This is the first time and, most likely the only time, all 177 quilts will be on display in Illinois.

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Two birds in the bush win May's portion of photo contest

The action shot of cedar waxwings playing tug of war with a bit of vegetation was deemed the best of more than 150 entries.

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DuPage River Trail segment linking Will and DuPage counties is now open

A newly constructed 1.25-mile section of the DuPage River Trail that connects Whalon Lake preserve in Will County to Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County is now open.

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Taco is tops in turtle naming contest

The female turtle ambassador will now preside over Isle a la Cache Museum's Blanding's turtle education program.

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IDNR Cuts Water Usage Stamp Requirement for Non-Powered Watercraft

Water stamps won't be needed after June 1 for kayaks, canoes, rafts and tubes.

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Use This List to Map Your National Parks Quilt Quest

If you can’t get to all four buildings on your first visit, you might want to know which quilts are at each location

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I Spy Wildlife

Join us each week during the summer as we head out on the trail with a naturalist in search of wildlife.

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Solstice Hike

Celebrate the beauty of the summer woods with a woodland hike on the longest day of the year. 

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The Buzz

These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating


Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start. 

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After Tragedy Strikes, Game Warden Saves Unborn Fawn with C-Section


Within seconds, the unborn fawn was out and breathing on its own.

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