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  • Tune in to June's 'Buzz' for the scoop on pollinators, composting and McKinley Woods


    This month's 'Buzz' focuses on the importance of pollination and pollinators, the many facets of McKinley Woods and a quick guide to composting at home. 

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  • Paddling programs on tap for June, July and August


    The District offers programs for all experience levels at lake and river sites throughout Will County. Paddling is a fun way to get some exercise and experience nature.

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  • Summer Blooms Native Plant Sale runs through July 10


    Beautify your yard while also helping out our local pollinators by going native! In addition to The Nature Foundation of Will County's online sale, an in-person sale will be held July 23 and 24 at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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  • Improvements continue at Hidden Oaks and Hidden Lakes; some work delayed by vandalism


    Since the Forest Preserve acquired Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Hidden Lakes Trout Farm, we've received questions from the public about both facilities. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

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  • Explore 'Diversity of Life' this summer at the Isle


    Isle a la Cache will be a hub for biodiversity and exploration this summer as the 'Diversity of Life Interpretive Trail Exhibit' takes root through Oct. 2.

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  • Sleeping raccoon wins May's portion of Preserve the Moment Photo Contest


    May's winning photo was taken by Joe Viola of Shorewood at Hammel Woods. Seven more monthly winners will be picked before the 2022 contest concludes in December and overall winners are picked in January. 

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  • Summer's first Fun & Food Trucks outing rolls into Mokena June 24


    The Forest Preserve's 2022 food truck program kicks off Friday, June 24, at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access in Mokena. It's the first of three food trucks events scheduled for this summer. 

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  • Hadley Valley and Kraske preserves get bigger with land acquisition, donation


    The Forest Preserve District's total acreage hit a new high of 23,073 with the recent acquisition and donation.

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  • District launches ‘The Preserves Are for You’ Campaign – everyone is welcome


    'The Preserves Are for You' Campaign seeks to get the word out that the preserves of Will County are open and accessible to all. The Forest Preserve believes in the value and dignity of every person and offers progams that allow everyone to participate. 

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  • Wildlife ecologist, Black Road project win national awards


    Wildlife ecologist Becky Blankenship won a Young Professional Award and the District's Black Road Regional Trail Connection project won an Outstanding Achievement Award. 

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Big Fish Contest

7/1/2022 6:00 AM

Monee Reservoir is your place for fishing this summer. From July 1 to Aug. 31, bring your catch to the visitor center to be measured, photographed, recorded and entered in the Big Fish Contest.

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'Art a la Cache' – Art in Nature

7/1/2022 10:00 AM

The Forest Preserve is partnering with the Romeoville Art Society to host a special exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum. 

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The Buzz

Mother Nature will put on a light show of her own as meteor shower activity gets underway


After the Fourth of July fireworks, a different kind of light show will start lighting up the night sky, with three meteor showers active in July.

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Quiz: How good are your insect identification skills?


Test your insect identification skills with this 10-question quiz.

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Too many mosquitoes in your yard? Attract dragonflies


Dragonflies can eat dozens of mosquitoes a day, so attracting them to your yard might help make your time outside more enjoyable.

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