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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kenny's Extra Eyes and Ears for the District

Emily Kenny’s time spent volunteering with the Forest Preserve District has included so many different tasks that she’s become a familiar face to many employees, fellow volunteers and visitors over the past 18 years.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Vernon Kleen, Illinois' Master Hummingbird Bander

Vernon Kleen's lifelong passion helps engage other people in the often fascinating world of birds through his work as a bird bander at hummingbird festivals throughout the state.

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Heads Up Hummingbird Fest Fans: Goodenow Road Detour in Place

Construction west of Route 1/Route 394 means some attendees for Saturday's "Hummingbird Fest & Nature Celebration" will need to follow detour signs.

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‘Woods Walk’ Exploration Program Returns

This popular self-paced pedestrian program encourages participants to get outside and explore the preserves.

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

Will you be the one to snap the next award-winning shot in our incredibly popular photo contest?

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Illinois Bicentennial Passports Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

Pick up a passport, get it stamped at the museum and see all that Isle a la Cache has to offer before journeying on to one of 55 other bicentennial stops.

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Veterans Woods Reopens Following Improvement Project

Picnic permitting has resumed at Veterans Woods now that the improvements have been completed.

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Aquatic Restoration Project Takes Root at Two Preserves

This multimillion-dollar, 700-acre restoration project at Prarie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Preserve District.

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Wagon Bridge Reopens on I&M Canal Trail

Repair work to replace the I&M Canal Trail bridge's support beams is now done.

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Romeoville Man's Heron Photo Wins July Portion of Photo Contest

The bird with a funky Elvis-like hairdo was photographed resting on a branch at McKinley Woods by Romeoville resident Mark Hanna.

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Nature-Inspired Art Exhibit Opens Aug. 16 at Plum Creek

An Aurora artist who collected bits of nature while growing up now uses the same materials to create mixed media artwork that will be on display during her 14-day exhibit.

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Groundbreaking set for Army Corps ecosystem restoration project

The mutimillion-dollar project will enhance Prairie Bluff Preserve in Crest Hill and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Lockport Township, which is home to threatened and endangered species.

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Advisories issued for Old Plank Road and Wauponsee Glacial trails

A boom mower will be moving east along the Old Plank Road Trail, and vegetation control spraying will take place on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail in the coming days.

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Monee Reservoir: A Staycation Haven

Whether you're an angler, boater, hiker, photographer or a family looking for an affordable staycation, the preserve has something to offer.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

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Kayak Kollege (Beginner)

This workshop, led by United States Canoe Association certified instructors, introduces participants to the sport of kayaking.

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Busy Beavers Craft Club

Join us on the third Saturday of the month for Busy Beavers Craft Club. Each day we will have a different craft set up in the Museum for you to make and take home.

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The Buzz

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower


This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Stink on Skunks


If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned. 

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