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  • Giving Tuesday logo and bird

    Nature Foundation kicks off year-end fundraiser with Giving Tuesday

    11/28/2022

    The Nature Foundation of Will County is a nonprofit agency that supports many Forest Preserve District initiatives and will continue to do so in the years to come. To help with this mission, the Foundation is encouraging donations as part of the annual Giving Tuesday movement on Nov. 29.

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  • Walkers travel on a paved path

    Section of Old Plank Road Trail closed for bridge replacement project

    11/28/2022

    The Old Plank Road Trail segment from Spencer Road to Schoolhouse Road is closed so the Jackson Branch bridge can be replaced. 

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  • Man holds a lizard and a woman holds a snake

    Tour Goodenow Grove and watch an owl pellet dissection during November’s ‘Buzz’ episode

    11/23/2022

    Tag along as 'The Buzz' nature program host Suzy Lyttle leads a tour of Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township and delves into the inner contents of an owl pellet during a dissection. The show debuts at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, on YouTube and Facebook. 

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  • Woman and her two children

    Woods Walk challenge is a family adventure to see things 'we haven't experienced before'

    11/22/2022

    Ruth Hong and her sons, Odie, 8, and Eli, 6, jumped on the Woods Walk bandwagon in recent weeks, making lasting memories with only two hikes. The program ends Nov. 30 and travel logs must be turned in by Dec. 31 to receive a commemorative medallion. 

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  • A dark-eyed junco perched in a tree

    Embrace the outdoors and snap a winning shot in the Preserve the Moment photo contest

    11/21/2022

    You have until Wednesday, Nov. 30, to get your entries in for this month's portion of our photo contest and be in the running for the $500 first place prize.

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  • A snow covered creek

    Get outside this winter to stay mentally and physically fit

    11/18/2022

    Bundle up and get busy this winter to stay in shape. The Forest Preserve District has many opportunities to keep you moving, from sledding and snowshoeing to hikes and campfires. Check out all the options on the Event Calendar. 

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  • Holiday gift items on display

    Stock up on presents at Forest Preserve gift shops this holiday season

    11/18/2022

    The Forest Preserve District has four gift shops that are located inside visitor centers and each site has an assortment of handmade, eco-friendly and fair trade items that would be perfect for the nature lovers on your shopping list.

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  • Snowy scenery at Sugar Creek Preserve

    Winter weather may impact preserve openings

    11/15/2022

    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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  • Aerial view of Lake Chaminwood

    Forest Preserve Board approves balanced 2023 budget

    11/14/2022

    The Forest Preserve District's 2023 budget is balanced and its tax rate will drop 6.46% next year. The spending plan includes money for operations, maintenance and preserve improvement projects. 

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  • A man pushes his adult son in a wheelchair along a paved trail.

    For father-and-son duo, Woods Walk is an opportunity for bonding time

    11/14/2022

    Mike and Jared Volkmer have completed the Woods Walk hiking challenge for three years, using it as an opportunity for father-son bonding time and a chance to visit preserves they would otherwise never discover.

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Events

As the Crow Flies: A Bird Hike

11/30/2022 3:00 PM

Hear the caws of crows in the distance and learn about their extreme intelligence and what sets these birds apart from their colorful counterparts.

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History at Home: Furs as Fashion (Zoom webinar)

11/30/2022 6:00 PM

Do some virtual time travel via Zoom and explore interesting topics from earlier times. 

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The Buzz

Forget holiday wishes; wish upon a shooting star instead this December

11/28/2022

Can't count on your holiday wishes coming true? Wish upon a shooting star instead.

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What's the difference?: Bald eagle vs. golden eagle

11/22/2022

In their adult plumage, golden eagles and bald eagles are easy to distinguish from one another. As juveniles, however, they look much more similar.

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Skip the stores and #OptOutside for Black Friday instead

11/21/2022

Looking for a new post-Thanksgiving tradition other than hitting the local stores for some frenzied holiday shopping? Consider joining the #OptOutside movement.

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