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Prescribed Burn Scheduled Today

It's prescribed burn season, so please note that burning will be occurring in a Forest Preserve today.

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TGIF! – Gear Up for the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

The popular summer food truck series will roll into four preserves on a rotating basis from June 7 through August 23.  

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Looking For a Reason to Take a Hike? We Have Plenty

Whether you want to hike with your dog or learn more about the natural world around you, the Forest Preserve District has an upcoming hiking program that's right up your alley.

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Top 10 Reasons to use Native Plants

Stock up on native species during the 'Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale' to make your landcape easier to care for and more beneficial to wildlife.

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Nature Foundation Presents Second 2019 Check to Forest Preserve

The money will support the Forest Preserve's nature education, arts and interpretation programs.

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Get Ready for Summer with 'Fitness in the Forest' Classes

Four group fitness sessions with a personal trainer will be held in May at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access.

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April's Snow Won't Stop May's Wildflower Show

The Forest Preserve will host three free wildflower hikes in May at three different preserves.

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'Recycle your Bicycle' Will Help You Free Up Some Garage Space

Bikes will be collected at Monee Reservoir and picked up by Chicago-based Working Bikes, which will distribute the rehabbed bicycles locally and abroad to individuals in need.

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Heirloom Seeds Now Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

The seeds date back to a simpler time, but they also may be the answer to future food needs.

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Board Hires Firm to Create Engineering Plan for Hammel Woods Dam Removal

Dam removal could take place once Phase II engineering is completed and a permit is approved by regulatory agencies.

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Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.

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Frankfort Resident's Painting Takes First in Juried Art Show

The winning painting, "Bluebells with Footbridge," was chosen from among 270 total entries in the "Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens" competition.

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'HUGS for Hounds' Doggie Easter Egg Hunt Returns for 11th Year

The annual Fido-focused fling starts at 11 a.m. at Hammel Woods Dog Park.

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Preserve The Moment Photo Contest Returns for 2019

The Preserve the Moment photo contest is back for a fourth consecutive year and it is the perfect way for you to share your love of nature and photography, and possibly win prizes.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

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Migratory Bird Hike

Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?


Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer


One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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