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  • A view of a limestone house and red barn.

    'Raising Riverview' exhibit opens March 1, explores Will County's farm roots

    2/23/2024

    A new exhibit opening March 1 at Isle a la Cache Museum highlights Will County's agricultural past and the Clow family that settled in Wheatland Township on land that is now part of Riverview Farmstead Preserve. The 'Raising Riverview' exhibit runs through May 31. 

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  • A female bald eagle changes position in a nest.

    Bald eagle update: We have four active nests and one mated pair sitting on eggs

    2/20/2024

    The bald eagle population has been booming in Will County in recent years and, if things go as planned, we'll have some new arrivals coming in March.

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  • A canada lynx rests on the ground

    Check out Mammal Madness for a hair-raising adventure on March 2

    2/16/2024

    The Forest Preserve is beefing up this year's Mammal Madness set for Saturday, March 2, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Come meet live critters in person and learn about the mammals that share our forests and neighborhoods. 

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  • An American woodcock sits in grass.

    Want to see male woodcocks put on a show to attract a mate? We have options

    2/16/2024

    The Forest Preserve District will offer non-guided and guided programs to view the unique mating flight of the male woodcocks in the coming weeks. 

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  • A man wearing a helmet rides his bike on a trail.

    Cruise the County with springtime biking challenge

    2/16/2024

    Cruise the County, the Forest Preserve District's springtime challenge, will take bicyclists on a ride through the county's natural resources, historical sites and community hubs. Participants will pedal more than 50 miles on four trails from March 1 through May 31. 

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  • A woman in a blue jacket stands in a forest preserve with water in the background.

    Healing With Nature: Outdoor walks help Naperville woman lose 100 pounds

    2/10/2024

    Julie Jacobsen, a 54-year-old Naperville resident, says being outside was an essential part of her weight loss journey. In the process, she says she became healthier, happier and more fulfilled than she ever has as an adult. 

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  • Officials pose with an oversized check.

    Foundation donates $39,950 to Forest Preserve programs, initiatives

    2/9/2024

    Tara Neff, executive director of The Nature Foundation of Will County, presented the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners with a first-quarter 2024 donation check at the Feb. 8 Board meeting. The donation will be used for a variety of Forest Preserve programs and initiatives. 

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  • A woman wearing black stands in a prairie.

    Nature Foundation kicks off 2024 with new leader, new garden tour event

    2/5/2024

    The Nature Foundation of Will County is starting 2024 with a new leader, a new garden tour event and a host of activities, including native plant sales, that are designed to raise money for Forest Preserve District programs and initiatives.

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  • Visitors at Four Rivers participate in an interpretive program.

    ‘This place is so cool!’: Four Rivers embraces visitors of all abilities 

    2/2/2024

    A recent visit by a group from Little Friends in Warrenville highlighted just how welcoming the Forest Preserve's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is to all people, regardless of abilities. The site is now nationally accredited for inclusivity, which means all are welcome and all can participate. 

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  • An exterior view of Hidden Oaks Nature Center

    Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be closed for renovation for most of 2024 starting Feb. 19

    1/25/2024

    Hidden Oaks Nature Center is getting a major makeover. Extensive renovations and improvements will require the nature center to be closed for much of 2024 starting Feb. 19. The preserve will close periodically for some outdoor renovation work, as needed. The projects will not affect Hidden Lakes Trout Farm. 

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Events

Volunteer Morning: Evans-Judge Preserve

2/27/2024 9:00 AM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s volunteer mornings.

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Cruise the County

3/1/2024 8:00 AM

Grab your bike and hit the trail for our annual spring preserve challenge! Bike four trails by May 31 to receive a promotional giveaway.

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The Buzz

Why do we have leap days? Get ready for a math lesson — and a history lesson

2/23/2024

It's a leap year, and here's your chance to learn why we add an extra day every four years and why that day is on Feb. 29.

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Five fast facts about little-known voles

2/22/2024

Among rodents, mice, rats, squirrels and chipmunks are all well known. Voles, however, often fly under the radar, either because they aren't known or because they are confused with another species.

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Love is in the air? It's just skunk mating season

2/11/2024

It's skunk mating season, and as male skunks are out and about searching for mates, we may have more close encounters with these animals, resulting in that telltale smell in the air. 

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