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  • Adults and children riding bikes on Old Plank Road Trail

    Portions of Old Plank Road Trail will close as paving work begins Oct. 4


    Portions of the Old Plank Road Trail from Harlem Avenue to Schoolhouse Road will be closed starting Tuesday, Oct. 4, as asphalt repairs begin. The section from Harlem Avenue to LaGrange Road will close first.

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  • Ribbon cutting at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

    New Four Rivers exhibit space now open for exploration


    Visitors can now explore the 'Four Rivers at the Confluence' exhibits to learn about mussels, river fish and the birds that flock to McKinley Woods preserve, which is where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee rivers meet to form the Illinois River. 

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  • Run your own race: Harvest Hustle kicks off Oct. 1


    The Forest Preserve's free Harvest Hustle Virtual 5K lets you run a 3.1-mile 'race' on your own schedule and at your own pace during the month of October. The first 100 to complete the run get a long-sleeved commemorative shirt!

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  • Suzy Lyttle at Centennial Trail swing bridge

    September 'Buzz' spans iconic bridges and farmstead lore


    Tune in to September's episode of 'The Buzz,' the Forest Preserve's monthly nature show, to learn about the District's iconic bridges and its only farmstead preserve. The show debuts Wednesday, Sept. 28, on Facebook and YouTube. 

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  • Man running on trail

    Walk, roll or run to fall fitness and fun


    Take a hike, hop on your bike, complete a fun run or tackle a virtual 5K to keep active this autumn. Check out all the fun ways to keep moving in October with the Forest Preserve District. 

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  • Volunteers removing brush in a forest preserve

    Sign up for a Volunteer Morning to help maintain Will County's preserves


    The schedule for fourth quarter Volunteer Morning programs is out and, most likely, there is a program near you in the coming months. Sign up now to lend a hand with brush control or seed collection. 

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  • Volunteer at Riverview Farmstead Preserve

    Pop on over to 'Farmstead Frolic' for some old-fashioned fun on Oct. 1


    Learn about Will County agriculture while enjoying a petting zoo, music, games and popcorn at a 'Farmstead Frolic' set for Oct. 1 at Riverview Farmstead Preserve in Naperville. Bike or drive to this free, all-ages event to have some old-fashioned fun!

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  • Bicycles lined up at Monee Reservoir's Recycle Your Bicycle collection event

    Recycle Your Bicycle program expands to Hidden Oaks Nature Center


    The fall Recycle Your Bicycle program is set for Sept. 17 to Oct. 2 at two locations: Monee Reservoir in Monee Township and, new this fall, Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook. Donated bikes are given to those in need locally and around the world. 

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  • Rev. Adrian Heath at Rock Run Greenway Trail

    The Preserves Are for You: Leading others into nature, one step at a time


    The Rev. Adrian Heath grew up on the east side of Joliet where his recreational outings were held mostly indoors. He now leads a ministry that offers free nature outings in area preserves. It's his way of helping others find the peace that nature offers. 

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  • Butterfly and bee

    Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee: pollinator pair win August photo contest


    A pair of pollinators won August's portion of the Forest Preserve's photo contest. Four more monthly winners will be picked before the contest concludes on Dec. 31. Overall winners will receive $500, $250 and $150 gift cards for first, second and third place, respectively. 

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Harvest Hustle Virtual 5K

10/1/2022 8:00 AM

Immerse yourself in the autumn season and take part in the 2022 Harvest Hustle Virtual 5K.

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Eat a Bug Challenge

10/1/2022 10:00 AM

Drop into Hidden Oaks Nature Center to try a seasoned cricket or mealworm. 

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The Buzz

Trees and climate change: Even small actions can make a difference


Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas, and release oxygen into the atmosphere, which can help limit the effects of climate change. 

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Fake spiderwebs are a real fright for wildlife


Fake spiderwebs are a popular Halloween decoration, but they can be a death trap for wildlife.

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With days getting shorter, there's plenty of time to gaze at October's night sky


The days are getting shorter, which means plenty of opportunities to gaze at the night sky.

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