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Multiple Preserves and Trails Closed Due to Icy Conditions

Hammel Woods - Crumby Recreation Area, Braidwood Dunes, Raccoon Grove, Keepataw Preserve, and the equestrian lot at Goodenow Grove will reopen when it is safe to do so.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Visitor Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, all Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed on Monday, January 20. 

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Workday Honors MLK’s Legacy With A Day of Service

Volunteers should show up at 8 a.m. at Theodore Marsh preserve where they will be provided with training and tools needed to tackle invasive species removal. 

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'Leafing Through Time' Book Club Debuts at Isle a la Cache

The club will feature books focusing on nature, cultural history and environmental impact.

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Massive Restoration Project Underway at Goodenow Grove

The work will make the site more hospitable to Species of Greatest Conservation Need by removing invasive plants, stopping erosion and protecting the trees and ponds creatures need to flourish. 

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Rock Run Greenway Trail Section Closed for Four Months

A 2.5-mile section of the Rock Run Greenway Trail that runs through Joliet Junior College and Colvin Grove Preserve will be closed until April.

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Sunbathing Snake Snares December Photo Contest Win

Manhattan resident Jacob Dalen said he almost stepped on the 2-foot-long snake at Sauk Trail Reservoir before he got down on the ground to take his winning shot. 

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2020 Picnic and Camping Permits Now on Sale

Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve visitor centers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Four Rivers Now Open With Expanded Hours and Programming

The visitor center is now open to walk-in traffic, and it will feature regular visitor center hours as well as indoor exhibits.

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Bolingbrook’s Harris Succeeds Summers as Forest Preserve Board President

Certified public accountant Kenneth E. Harris of Bolingbrook is the Forest Preserve District's new Board president. 

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Get Out, Get Moving in Our 22,000 Acres of Winter Wonderlands

Forest preserve trails are open year-round so get outside and get fit this winter. 

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Give Eagles Wide Berth When Out in the Preserves

If you attend an eagle-viewing program this year or attempt to see or photograph them on your own, remember to give these amazing creatures wide berth so you do not disturb their turf.

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Bike Club Donation Will Pay for Repair Stations

The two repair stations will assist bicyclists who have mechanical issues while riding the Forest Preserve's trails. 

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Winter Owl Offerings Provide Plenty of Hikes and Hoots

A variety of upcoming owl programs offer a chance to see these magnificent creatures in the wild.

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Leafing Through Time Book Club

Join us the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss an important work of fiction or non-fiction that helps connect us to our natural and cultural history. 

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Owl Hike for Families

Learn a little about owls and then head outdoors to try to find this magical and elusive bird.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?


Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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Has Your Bird Feeder Become a Squirrel Feeder? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Those Rascals Away


Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.

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