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  • Woman running on a trail

    Pandemic pushes Joliet woman onto fitness path


    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. 

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  • Donated bikes are lined up at Monee Reservoir

    From vintage to high end, bike donations roll in to bike recycling program


    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. 

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  • Red-tailed hawk perched in a tree

    Crystal clear hawk close-up wins September's photo contest


    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.

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  • Four women hiking on a trail

    The Preserves are For You: Rugged Ramblers share a love of nature – and walking


    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. 

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  • Ribbon cutting at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

    New Four Rivers exhibit space now open for exploration


    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. 

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  • Suzy Lyttle at Centennial Trail swing bridge

    September 'Buzz' spans iconic bridges and farmstead lore


    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. 

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  • Volunteers removing brush in a forest preserve

    Sign up for a Volunteer Morning to help maintain Will County's preserves


    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. 

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  • Rev. Adrian Heath at Rock Run Greenway Trail

    The Preserves Are for You: Leading others into nature, one step at a time


    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. 

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  • Butterfly and bee

    Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee: pollinator pair win August photo contest


    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. 

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  • Two women hold an ornate box turtle

    Track turtles and learn how recycled bikes do good on this month's 'Buzz'


    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. 

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As the Crow Flies: A Bird Hike

11/30/2022 3:00 PM

Hear the caws of crows in the distance and learn about their extreme intelligence and what sets these birds apart from their colorful counterparts.

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History at Home: Furs as Fashion (Zoom webinar)

11/30/2022 6:00 PM

Do some virtual time travel via Zoom and explore interesting topics from earlier times. 

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The Buzz

Forget holiday wishes; wish upon a shooting star instead this December


Can't count on your holiday wishes coming true? Wish upon a shooting star instead.

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What's the difference?: Bald eagle vs. golden eagle


In their adult plumage, golden eagles and bald eagles are easy to distinguish from one another. As juveniles, however, they look much more similar.

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Skip the stores and #OptOutside for Black Friday instead


Looking for a new post-Thanksgiving tradition other than hitting the local stores for some frenzied holiday shopping? Consider joining the #OptOutside movement.

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