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  • A woman wearing a backpack on a hike.

    Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserve District


    Celebrate Earth Day all month long in April with activities designed to give Mother Nature a helping hand. Attend an Earth Day festival, volunteer to clean up a shoreline or go on an Earth Day safari. 

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  • A collection of seed packets for sale at Isle a la Cache Museum.

    Slip into spring with seeds and more from visitor center gift shops


    The Forest Preserve's visitor center gift shops are stocked with spring items, including veggie, herb and flower seeds at Isle a la Cache Museum, bird-related items at Four Rivers, local honey at Hidden Oaks and fair-trade containers at Plum Creek. 

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  • Forest Preserve police team raises thousands with Polar Plunge effort


    They came in hot and they got out cold Saturday at the Braidwood Recreation Club, raising thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Illinois. 

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  • The quiet space at Four Rivers.

    Quiet space at Four Rivers comforts those with sensory processing needs


    Four Rivers Environmental Education Center has created a quiet space for those with sensory processing needs. The goal is to remove all barriers for visitors and to make everyone feel welcome at the visitor center.  

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  • An aerial view of Monee Reservoir

    Monee Reservoir Visitor Center now open for the season


    Both humans and fish will have something new to eat at Monee Reservoir Visitor Center this year. Also, visitors who bring their own kayaks or canoes will no longer have to buy a launch pass, and fishing poles can be checked out for free. 

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  • The Bartling family (left) and Black family are enjoying exploring the preserves as part of the Take It Outside Challenge.

    Families tackling Take It Outside Challenge to bond … and win!


    Parents and their children have jumped on the yearlong Take It Outside Challenge bandwagon. They're competing together and bonding over shared experiences in nature. 

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  • A mated pair of bald eagles sits in a nest while incubating eggs

    Bald eagle update: Our second mated pair is incubating eggs


    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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  • Double-crested cormorants sit atop the nesting platforms at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery.

    Lake Renwick Heron Rookery access restricted for bird nesting season


    Public access will be limited starting March 1 at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve to protect nesting birds and their young this spring and summer. Members of the public can visit the site during this time by signing up for bird viewing programs.

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  • Aerial view of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail bridge over the Kankakee River.

    Hike the three longest trails in Will County to earn your Triple Crown


    The Will County Triple Crown Hiking Challenge kicked off March 1. Participants have four months to walk the Wauponsee Glacial Trail and the Will County sections of the Old Plank Road Trail and I&M Canal State Trail. 

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  • A man and woman hold replica eagle talons and eggs.

    Watch 'The Buzz' to learn about eagle monitoring and the fur trade era


    February's 'Buzz' nature show explores what it takes to monitor eagles in the preserves and the intricacies of the 18th-century French fur trade era. The show debuts Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the Forest Preserve District's Facebook and YouTube pages. 

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Take It Outside: Passport to the Preserves

4/1/2023 8:00 AM

The Take It Outside: Passport to the Preserves program is a fun way to learn about our visitor centers and preserves, while also creating some art.

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Earth Day Safari

4/1/2023 10:00 AM

Visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center to journey through the forest on a safari!

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The Buzz

In early spring, wetlands are abuzz with activity


After a long, quiet winter, among the first places in nature that start to awaken each spring are the wetlands. 

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April skywatching alert: Keep your eyes cast upward for shooting stars


After a few months without any meteor shower activity, two kick off in April. Plus the pink moon will fill the night sky.

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Happening now: Chorus frogs are loudly seeking mates


If you venture out into the preserves these days, there's a good chance you'll hear chorus frogs making a racket as they call out looking for a mate.

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