Woman running on a trail
Pandemic pushes Joliet woman onto fitness path10/7/2022Read more
Unlike some people who retreated indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Joliet resident Gina Isabelli headed outside to get in shape. She now uses multiple Forest Preserve trails to train for half-marathons and the Rock Run Greenway Trail is her favorite.
Donated bikes are lined up at Monee Reservoir
From vintage to high end, bike donations roll in to bike recycling program10/6/2022Read more
The Recycle Your Bicycle program expanded to Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook for the first time this fall to boost the number of bikes collected for Chicago-based Working Bikes.
Red-tailed hawk perched in a tree
Crystal clear hawk close-up wins September's photo contest10/4/2022Read more
Shorewood resident Joe Viola's hawk photo won the month of September in the 2022 Preserve the Moment photo contest. Three more monthly winners will be chosen before the contest concludes Dec. 31 and final winners are chosen in January.
Four women hiking on a trail
The Preserves are For You: Rugged Ramblers share a love of nature – and walking10/3/2022Read more
Around 30 hikers, ages 59 to 80, belong to the Rugged Ramblers group. Members have been exploring nature in the Will County region since 2010. These semiweekly group hikes provide members with a link to nature – and each other.
Ribbon cutting at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
New Four Rivers exhibit space now open for exploration9/26/2022Read more
Visitors can now explore the 'Four Rivers at the Confluence' exhibits to learn about mussels, river fish and the birds that flock to McKinley Woods preserve, which is where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee rivers meet to form the Illinois River.
Suzy Lyttle at Centennial Trail swing bridge
September 'Buzz' spans iconic bridges and farmstead lore9/23/2022Read more
Tune in to September's episode of 'The Buzz,' the Forest Preserve's monthly nature show, to learn about the District's iconic bridges and its only farmstead preserve. The show debuts Wednesday, Sept. 28, on Facebook and YouTube.
Volunteers removing brush in a forest preserve
Sign up for a Volunteer Morning to help maintain Will County's preserves9/19/2022Read more
The schedule for fourth quarter Volunteer Morning programs is out and, most likely, there is a program near you in the coming months. Sign up now to lend a hand with brush control or seed collection.
Rev. Adrian Heath at Rock Run Greenway Trail
The Preserves Are for You: Leading others into nature, one step at a time9/6/2022Read more
The Rev. Adrian Heath grew up on the east side of Joliet where his recreational outings were held mostly indoors. He now leads a ministry that offers free nature outings in area preserves. It's his way of helping others find the peace that nature offers.
Butterfly and bee
Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee: pollinator pair win August photo contest9/2/2022Read more
A pair of pollinators won August's portion of the Forest Preserve's photo contest. Four more monthly winners will be picked before the contest concludes on Dec. 31. Overall winners will receive $500, $250 and $150 gift cards for first, second and third place, respectively.
Two women hold an ornate box turtle
Track turtles and learn how recycled bikes do good on this month's 'Buzz'8/26/2022Read more
August’s episode of 'The Buzz,' the Forest Preserve District’s monthly nature show, takes viewers on a turtle hunt for a threatened species and also to a bike recycling center to show its inner workings.
Hear the caws of crows in the distance and learn about their extreme intelligence and what sets these birds apart from their colorful counterparts.