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Forest Preserve Board Approves $25 Million Capital Plan

The bond funds will be used to improve preserves and facilities and allow for additional land acquisition. 

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Stay Fit and Have Some Family Fun This Winter

The Forest Preserve District offers ample opportunities for sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter-themed programs to keep you fit and having fun all season long.

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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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Get in the Holiday Spirit with a Fun Forest Preserve Outing

From "green" wrapping and craft programs to caroling and owl hikes, the Forest Preserve has many holiday-themed programs to choose from.

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Doe-Eyed Deer Wins October's Photo Contest

October's winning photo will vie with eight other monthly winners for overall honors via online voting once the contest concludes on December 31. 

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Turtle Hit by Car in Morris Lives on Through Hatchlings

While the mother turtle did not survive, three of her eggs did and one hatchling, named M3, is being cared for by the Forest Preserve District of Will County as part of a regional Blanding's turtle recovery program. 

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Artists Being Sought for 'Nature Takes Flight' Juried Art Show

Applications may be submitted from November 1 through January 31 for Plum Creek Nature Center's spring art competition. 

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Wauponsee Glacial Trail Section Closed for Bridge Replacement Work

The bridge over Jackson Creek will be demolished starting November 1, and the section of trail will remain closed until a replacement is installed in spring 2020.

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‘Woods Walk’ Challenge Enters Homestretch With New Incentive

Hike seven of 10 'Woods Walk' trails by November 30 to receive a collector's medal; hike all 10 trails to be eligible for a Forest Preserve gift card drawing. 

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2020 Dog Park Permits Go On Sale November 1

Permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District off-leash dog parks, which are located in Crete Township, Homer Glen, Joliet, Naperville, Shorewood and Wesley Township. 

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Winter Preparations Begin

As temperatures fall, the Forest Preserve is preparing for winter by closing boat launches, ending summer fishing lake hours and turning off water fountains.

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Rescued Pelican Released Into the Wild at McKinley Woods

The Will County preserve was the perfect spot for the Willowbrook Wildlife Center's release because a flock of pelicans was resting there on its migratory journey south. 

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'Only Owls' Art Exhibition Comes to Isle a la Cache Museum

The traveling exhibition features 40 pieces of owl-themed art in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut from the Woodson Art Museum.

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Hold the Boring Menu and Bring on the Bugs!

Looking for something new to tickle your palate? Try some barbecue, applie pie and sea salt flavored insects during the new 'Eat a Bug' program at Plum Creek Nature Center.

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Joliet Resident's Fiery Sunset Wins September Portion of Photo Contest

September's winning photo also features ominous clouds and silhouettes of the artificial nesting structures at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield. 

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Riverview Farmstead by Lantern

Discover three generations of the Clow family and their “riverview” farmstead by lantern, just as they would have seen it on dark November nights.

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The Buzz

Quiz: Can You ID These Birds?

11/18/2019

Put your birding knowledge to the test with this 15-question quiz.

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5 Reasons To Hit the Trails on National Hiking Day

11/14/2019

National Take a Hike Day is November 17 and there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of all of the good you can get from a hike.

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