Current headlines

Featured news

All news

  • Local Growers initiative sprouts from District’s farm lease program


    The Local Growers Program will consist of small plots of land available for specialty crops to be used for the community or local businesses, including restaurants and farmers markets. This new program will launch in the 2023 growing season.

    Read more
  • Bolingbrook resident first to complete Spring Ninety-fiver Challenge


    Mike Slowik completed the four-month challenge in 20 days by walking on forest preserve trails located throughout Will County. Armed with a walking stick and some coffee, he said he enjoyed being out in nature and learning about new trails and preserves. 

    Read more
  • March's 'Buzz' nature show comes in like a coyote, out like a deer


    'The Buzz' nature show will highlight the Forest Preserve's top predator, Will County's largest mammal and the Forest Preserve Police Department's icy plunge for a good cause, Special Olympics Illinois. Tune in on Facebook, YouTube, WJYS TV or your local cable station to watch the March episode.

    Read more
  • Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season


    Lake Renwick Heron Rookery is closed annually to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs.

    Read more
  • Nature Foundation's donations nurture Forest Preserve programs, exhibits


    The Nature Foundation of Will County awarded $45,000 for 2022 Forest Preserve District nature activities and programs that will benefit thousands of preserve visitors. 

    Read more
  • City of Lockport, DuPage River Coalition receive 2021 Partner Awards


    Each year the Forest Preserve District chooses two partner agencies for recognition via the Appreciation of Partners Awards. The 2021 recipients were the City of Lockport and the Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition. 

    Read more
  • Hidden Oaks, Hidden Lake acquisition finalized


    The Forest Preserve District now owns the 33-acre Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm site in Bolingbrook.

    Read more
  • Creating connections: trail enhancements in the works for 2022 and beyond


    Improvements are coming to the Forest Preserve District's extensive trail system. Some of the work will take place this year, and other projects are part of long-range plans with multiple partners. 

    Read more
  • Lasting legacy: Forest Preserve grows by more than 1,500 acres


    Some of the land was purchased, some donated and some was transferred from the state.

    Read more
  • Renamed and refreshed: Compass newsletter will help you navigate nature


    The Forest Preserve District's newsletter, The Citizen, which debuted 40 years ago, has a new name, a refreshed look and a new mix of content that is designed to inform, entertain, inspire and educate readers. You can subscribe to The Compass with a click of a mouse to receive this weekly digital publication in your email inbox. Current subscribers to The Citizen do not need to sign up a second time to receive The Compass.

    Read more


'Visions of Nature' Art Exhibit

7/6/2022 10:00 AM

View more than 50 pieces of art celebrating nature in all its beauty in this exhibition that is open to the public.

Read more

Discovery Isle: Birds!

7/6/2022 1:00 PM

Join us this summer for different activities or demonstrations that focus on natural or cultural history. The focus this week is birds.

Read more

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.

Read more

Quiz: How good are your insect identification skills?


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

Read more

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.

Read more