Illustration of American settlers moving westward.
Isle a la Cache hosts Smithsonian ‘Journey Stories’ exhibition on the history of migration1/23/2023Read more
'Journey Stories,' a three-month exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service, opens Feb. 1 at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. The exhibition takes a broad look at American expansion and migration.
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Go on a wild goose chase with our Take It Outside app challenge1/22/2023Read more
As part of the Forest Preserve District's Take It Outside campaign, the app challenge will have you traversing the county and hiking trails, while earning points with each completed mission.
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Snowy owls, river otters highlight January 'Buzz' nature show1/20/2023Read more
Tune in on Jan. 25 when the first 2023 episode of 'The Buzz,' the Forest Preserve's monthly nature show, debuts on Facebook and YouTube. The show will highlight animal survival tactics in winter, snowy owls and river otters.
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Vulture photo victorious in 2022 photo contest1/13/2023Read more
Shorewood resident Joe Viola's photo of a turkey vulture took top honors in the 2022 Preserve the Moment photo contest. Coming in second with a squirrel photo was Chad Morsch of Romeoville, and third place went to an eagle picture snapped by Bertrand Leclercq of Naperville.
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Lend nature a hand by signing up for a Volunteer Morning1/13/2023Read more
Volunteer Morning program details for the first quarter of 2023 have been released. If you've made a New Year's resolution to help the environment, this is a good way to do just that. Simply sign a waiver and register for the program that suits your schedule.
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'Take It Outside' campaign launched to spark your trek into nature1/10/2023Read more
A yearlong campaign called 'Take It Outside' is designed to entice you to get back to nature or to discover it for the first time. Look for a special smart phone challenge coming later this month and a focus on showcasing the various preserves and recreation activities throughout the seasons.
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Squirrel with ‘full belly’ lands December photo contest win1/6/2023Read more
Romeoville resident Chad Morsch's photo of a squirrel nibbling on hedge apple won December's portion of the Preserve the Moment Photo Contest. His photo is one of eight chosen since May that will vie for overall photo contest honors via Facebook voting starting Jan. 10.
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Hey bird nerds! Sign up for our new Flock and Feather digital newsletter1/3/2023Read more
Now is the time of year when people make resolutions and, this year, ours is to keep finding new ways to connect with the public and share our love of nature.
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Picnic, camping permits now on sale12/26/2022Read more
2023 picnic and camping permits are now on sale. They can be purchased online or at one of five visitor centers.
Four Rivers hosts yearlong celebration of color12/23/2022Read more
Learn the language of color by attending a Rivers of Color program at Four Rivers this year. The series culminates in the fall with a 'Golden Opportunities' traveling exhibit from Denver Botanic Gardens.
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.