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  • An aerial view of a recent trail extension of Veterans Memorial Trail

    Forest Preserve Board invests in nature with $50 million bond issue for preservation, restoration


    Bond sale revenue will allow the District to preserve more green space for future generations and add access to open areas so people can reap the physical and mental benefits of being in nature.

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  • Trio of teen summer programs will include hiking and kayaking


    Teenagers are invited to sign up for three summer programs that are designed specifically for them. Two Teen Connection programs and one kayaking program will be offered in July and August. Teens can connect with others and try something new. 

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  • Officials stand together and cut a ribbon.

    Multimillion-dollar federal ecosystem restoration project protects Will County 'gem'


    A ribbon-cutting was held on May 31 for an $8.3 million ecosystem restoration project at Prairie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve. The six-year Army Corps of Engineers' project restored and enhanced prairie and hydrology at the two sites. 

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  • A man in a food truck hands a bottle of soda to a woman and man.

    Delicious and entertaining Fun and Food Trucks programs set for June, July and August


    Fun and Food Trucks programs will roll into three different preserves this summer on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9. Each program will have lawn games, a bounce house, entertainment and an adult beverage vendor. 

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  • A view of a covered shelter.

    Four Rivers expands outdoor education, celebration space with addition of Riverside Shelter


    The outdoor education and celebration space at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon has increased this year with the addition of a shelter along the Des Plaines River. 

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  • An aerial view of a forest preserve

    Public hearing scheduled for proposed $50 million Capital Improvement Program bond issue


    A public hearing has been scheduled for June 6 for a proposed bond issue that would fund a 2025-2030 Capital Improvement Program. The $50 million bond issue would not result in a tax increase for the Forest Preserve portion of property tax bills because previously issued bonds have been paid off. In fact, taxes will decrease even with the bond issue. The money would be used to preserve land, connect trails and restore habitat.

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  • Stop feeding wildlife in the preserves, it's bad for critters and you could be ticketed


    The Forest Preserve District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 prohibits the feeding or baiting of wildlife in the preserves and violators will be ticketed. The prohibited activity can lead to disease transmission, overpopulation and illnesses in wildlife. 

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  • Rock Run Greenway Trail closed at two locations in Joliet


    The Rock Run Greenway Trail is closed in two Joliet locations for construction projects. The path is closed from Paul V. Nichols Access on Essington Road to Theodore Street and also at Olympic Boulevard. 

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  • Selfies showing people participating in the Take It Outside challenge.

    Take It Outside challenge draws participants from as far away as Florida and Ireland


    While the bulk of Take It Outside challenge participants are from Will County, many are crossing county lines to take part in this popular program. 

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  • A group of people in kayaks on a river.

    Go with the flow, sign up for a paddling program today


    The Forest Preserve District offers a wide variety of paddling programs each summer for varying ability levels and at many locations throughout Will County. Take a Kayak Kollege program to learn how to paddle or sign up for a non-instructional program to cruise a lake or river. 

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Trailside Trivia

6/20/2024 6:00 PM

Join Isle a la Cache naturalists for some trivia and put your nature and history knowledge to the test! 

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Summer Solstice Paddle

6/20/2024 7:00 PM

End the first day of summer on the water at Monee Reservoir during this recreational paddle.

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The Buzz

It's lightning bug season, so be on the lookout for these incredible creatures


Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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What's the difference?: Grackle vs. starling


Can you tell the difference between a grackle and a starling? Which is larger? Which gets white polka dots in the winter? Here is your chance to find out.

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Help wildlife beat the heat by leaving water out for them


What are you doing to beat the heat this summer? If you can, add leaving water out for wildlife to your list.

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