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Nature Programs Expand With Both Online and In-Person Offerings

Are you ready to enjoy outdoor nature programs again? If so, sign up for a small, in-person Forest Preserve program starting this month. If you want to stay in a bit longer, check out the Zoom webinars being offered online. 

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Work Set to Resume on Black Road Corridor Trail Connections

The work will include pedestrian bridges over the DuPage River and Interstate 55, and a path connecting the DuPage River Trail in Hammel Woods with the Rock Run Greenway Trail in Rock Run Preserve.

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Frog on a Log Leaps over May's Photo Competition

The 2020 Preserve the Moment contest kicked off with more than 100 stunning photo entries taken in Will County forest preserves; seven more monthly winners will be chosen until the contest concludes December 31.

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June's Facebook Live Programs Feature All Kinds of Creatures

The online programs will focus on ponds, baby Blanding's turtles, herpetology and breakfast with the eagles. Just go online to watch the programs from your computer or smart device!

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Create Your Own Pollinator-friendly Garden with ‘Plant by Numbers’ Templates

View the pollinator garden and landscaping at Isle a la Cache in Romeoville for inspiration and then use templates from the 'Paint by Numbers' website to create a natural landscape tailored to your yard's soil and sun conditions.

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Turning Trash into Art: ‘Found Objects Sculpture Trail’ Debuts June 1

Seven sculptures created by artist Jennifer Meyer out of discarded items will be on display through March 31, 2021, along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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COVID-19 Update: Limited Programming Returns to Preserves

Small-scale programs will begin in June and concessions will open at Monee Reservoir, but visitors centers, dog parks, latrines and water fountains will remain closed during phase three of the state's pandemic reopening plan and are not scheduled to reopen until phase four. 

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Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves and it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

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Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway 

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences. 

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Keep Your Distance: COVID-19 Info Signs Installed

Preserves and trails are open, but the Forest Preserve's new informational signs encourage everyone to spread COVID-19 prevention tips – not the germs. 

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Coronavirus-Related Compensation Approved for Dog Park Permit Holders

The dog park permit discount will be at least 20 percent and it will be applied to the purchase of 2021 passes when they go on sale November 1. 

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Forest Preserve Hits 22,000-acre Milestone with Crete and Wheatland Township Acquisitions

The latest purchases will improve the quality of life for the District's residents and protect land for future generations, while contributing to clean air, clean water and habitat for wildlife. 

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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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Hopeful Symbol of Spring Wins Stay-at-Home Photo Contest

Elwood resident Jack Woodard took first place in the backyard nature photo contest; Matthew Valiga of Naperville and Maura Carlisle of Plainfield came in second and third, respectively.

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Trail Etiquette Even More Important During Pandemic

Whether you are new to path use or a veteran trail user, slow down, announce your presence while passing on the left, stick close to home to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19 and use good judgment to keep yourself and others safe.

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Events

Blanding's Turtle Hatchlings Live!

Learn all about the Blanding's turtles on display in this virtual program at Isle a la Cache Museum.

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Choosing Your Kayak (Zoom webinar)

Learn about what factors you should consider before buying a kayak.

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The Buzz

Sounds of Summer: 17-Year Cicadas Emerging, Making Presence Known

6/4/2020

After spending 17 years underground, cicadas are emerging across Will County, and they're making their presence known with their familiar buzzing sound. 

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Breeding Like Rabbits? What Does That Mean Anyway?

6/1/2020

Rabbits are well-known for their ability to reproduce, but what makes them more prolific than other animals?

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