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  • Police K-9 sitting in grassy field

    End of Watch: Forest Preserve mourns beloved K-9 Jullo


    Family, friends, neighbors and police officers surrounded retired Forest Preserve K-9 Jullo as his End of Watch came on Saturday, Aug. 20. The police dog served the District for eight years before retiring in 2020. 

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  • Woods Walk sign

    Tiptoe into fall with the Woods Walk hiking challenge


    Take the annual Woods Walk challenge through Nov. 30. Hike seven of the designated trails to earn the 2022 commemorative medallion. 

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  • People using the Old Plank Road Trail

    Two regional trails slated for $1.37 million paving upgrades


    Paving work has been completed on the Joliet Junction Trail, and work will begin in October on the Old Plank Road Trial. The asphalt work is needed to protect and maintain the popular paths.

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  • Man in wheelchair on trail with his daughter

    The Preserves Are for You: Dad's love of outdoor recreation shows 'anything is possible'


    Born with a tumor on his spine and paralyzed since he was eight months old, Bill Bogdan of Mokena is extremely active in adaptive sports and loves nature. His lifetime of exploring the preserves, especially Hickory Creek Preserve near his home, has inspired his daughter, Hannah, to seek a career in adaptive outdoor recreation. 

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  • Brown-eyed susans in bloom

    Kankakee Sands features 'spectacular' blooms after years of restoration


    From hairy puccoon in the spring to rattlesnake master in the summer, Kankakee Sands Preserve is in full bloom thanks to a multiyear restoration effort that is converting the rare ecosystem back to what the land was generations ago. 

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  • Turkey vulture perched on a branch

    Turkey vulture picks apart the competition to win July’s portion of photo contest


    Shorewood resident Joe Viola's photo of a turkey vulture at Rock Run Rookery won July's portion of the Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest. The contest will continue with monthly winners through December. Overall winners will be chosen in January. 

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  • Woman walking on trail with her two dogs

    The Preserves Are for You: Finding solace in the forest


    Joliet resident Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer appreciates the healing power of nature. 

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  • X-rays showing ornate box turtle eggs

    Area vet clinic provides key assist in ornate box turtle study


    For the second straight year, a Forest Preserve study into the ornate box turtle population in southern Will County has gotten a crucial assist from Lakewood Animal Hospital in Morris.

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  • Geocache kit

    Forest Preserve enters the geocaching game with five hidden treasures


    The Forest Preserve District has placed geocaches in five preserves as part of a new recreational offering, which is the first time the District is sponsoring its own caches in the preserves.

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  • Sunlight shining through trees in forest

    Streaming sunlight shot wins June's photo contest


    Joliet resident Michelle Wendling's photo of sunlight streaming through the trees at Hadley Valley preserve had the most votes on Facebook after being chosen as one of five finalist photos by judges. 

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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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