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Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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Kayak Rentals Coming to Whalon Lake

Paddling opportunities will expand this summer at the 80-acre lake in Bolingbrook as Naperville Kayak sets up shop Tuesday through Sunday.

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‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ Exhibition Runs Through March 16

The exhibition consists of iconic photos of the artist and her home and garden; reproductions of several of her paintings; and information about native Mexican plants, festivities, food and drink.

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Spice Up Your Surroundings with Succulents

Include a bit of 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' in your home landscape by adding succulents to the mix.

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What You Need to Know About Coyote Mating Season

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

She's the latest addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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Become an Interpretive Aide or Event Volunteer

Interpretive aides present, organize and help develop educational and interpretive programs for school groups, youth groups and the public, while event volunteers provide assistance or a special skill at District events and/or programs.

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‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ Exhibition Blooms at Four Rivers

The exhibition opened January 29 with a ribbon-cutting attended by members of the public and local officials.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Meyer Wears Many Hats in Giving Back to Community

When Ruth Meyer retired after more than 40 years as a hair dresser, she made it a goal to give back to her community through volunteering.

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Use Our Special Snapchat Lens, Filters at 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' Exhibit

Are you coming out to the "Frida Kahlo's Garden" exhibit? Then be sure to share your experience on social media.

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Before and After: Freeing the Trees at Plum Creek Nature Center

In order to let the good things thrive, it's important to manage the landscape and remove the invasives.

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Q&A with 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' Curator

Art historian Adriana Zavala discusses the origins of the 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' exhibition opening at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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Hugging Squirrels Crush Competition in Photo Contest Win

Barbara Parisi of Channahon snapped the fuzzy duo at McKinley Woods.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 23rd consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Events

Frida Kahlo's Garden: Botany & Art in Conservation

Discover why illustrations are best for representing specific details and how they help students of botany learn plant structures.

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Saturday in the Garden: JJC Student Group Latinos Unidos

During this program, participate in some hands-on Frida Kahlo inspired arts and crafts with Latinos Unidos.

 

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The Buzz

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/19/2019

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

2/19/2019

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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