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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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  • Red-spotted sunfish in a tank

    Something fishy is going on at Four Rivers

    11/9/2022

    A dozen state-threatened redspotted sunfish have been added to a 'gorgeous' new 2,000-gallon aquarium at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. The fish ambassadors will educate visitors about the plight of threatened and endangered fish species in Illinois. 

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  • A coyote walking through a prairie

    Coyote sightings may be more common this time of year

    11/8/2022

    As the weather turns colder and leaves fall off the trees, coyotes may be more visible in late fall as young males seek new turf and food availability declines. But there are ways you can still live in harmony with the state's largest carnivore. 

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  • An eastern milksnake sunning on a paved path

    Sunning snake wins October's photo contest

    11/4/2022

    New Lenox resident Meagan Crandall took top honors in the October portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest with her photo of an eastern milksnake basking in the warm autumn sun.

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  • Two men conducting a prescribed burn

    Prescribed burn map: Here's where we're burning today

    11/3/2022

    This map is updated daily as another way to notify the public when a prescribed burn is being conducted.

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  • The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Veterans Memorial Trail segment.

    'Together we achieve more' – Veterans Memorial Trail addition now open

    10/28/2022

    A new 3.5-mile paved section of Veterans Memorial Trail officially opened in Homer Township following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 28. Path users can travel from Hadley Valley preserve north to the 159th Street Bikeway and beyond. 

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  • Two barred owls eat a dead mouse

    Sign up for a Forest Preserve owl prowl today

    10/25/2022

    The Forest Preserve has scheduled many opportunities for you to prowl around looking for owls in November and December. Learn about the owl species that call Will County home and then take a hike to search for these mysterious creatures. 

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  • Jess McQuown (left) and 'Buzz' host Suzy Lyttle

    October 'Buzz' moseys into migration and wanders through Thorn Creek Woods

    10/21/2022

    Find out which bird species are migrating through Will County at this time of year and learn about Thorn Creek Woods' interesting history and habitat during October's episode of 'The Buzz' nature show.

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  • Dog sitting in a park

    Fetch a 2023 Forest Preserve dog park permit

    10/14/2022

    2023 dog park permits go on sale Nov. 1 and are good for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023 at the Forest Preserve District's six dog parks. Permits can be purchased in person, online and by mail. 

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  • Aerial view of water at Rock Run Rookery

    Boat launches close Nov. 1 for the season

    10/11/2022

    As the Forest Preserve District prepares for winter, drinking fountains have been turned off, boat launches will close Nov. 1 and Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will close for the season. 

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Events

Morning Bird Hike

12/3/2022 8:00 AM

December can be a great time to be in the woods, so join other birders as we learn, explore and search for birds.

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Woods Walk Celebration

12/3/2022 9:00 AM

Join us for doughnuts and drinks as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Woods Walk.

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The Buzz

Five ways to make the holidays more eco-friendly

12/2/2022

The holidays are a festive time, a season to eat, drink and be merry. But all that merriment can create a lot of excess waste. 

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If your Christmas lights get cut, you probably can blame these troublemakers

12/1/2022

Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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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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