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  • A black dog balances a purple tennis ball on its nose.

    Treat your pup to a 2024 dog park permit


    2024 dog park permits are on sale now. Permits are good for off-leash play at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2023 and all of 2024. They can be purchased at five visitor centers or online. 

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  • A Forest Preserve bike repair station along a trail.

    Two new bicycle repair stations installed along Forest Preserve trails


    Need a wrench or an air pump while biking? No problem. The Forest Preserve District now has six bicycle repair stations along its trails thanks to funding by The Nature Foundation of Will County and the Joliet Bicycle Club.

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  • Kayak launch at lake.

    Accessible kayak launch now open at Lake Chaminwood


    The new kayak and canoe launch installed as part of preserve improvements at Lake Chaminwood Preserve this summer has been completed. The launch is accessible and adaptive, meaning there are features that help paddlers with disabilities enter and exit the water independently and safely. 

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  • A Fish Tales Photo Contest winner holding a fish.

    Fish Tales Photo Contest winners announced


    Winners of the summer Fish Tales Photo Contest have been announced and each will receive a $50 Forest Preserve gift card. Three of the winners were chosen at random and one was picked by staff as having the most fun in their photo submission.

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  • A man and woman measure a large tree in a forest.

    Messenger Woods trees named Big Tree Champions


    A jack pine and a black maple in Messenger Woods Nature Preserve made the list of Illinois Big Tree Champions this year. The trees were nominated by David Shepard, an environmental science teacher and tree aficionado and a fan of Messenger Woods.

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  • Firefighters work to free a great blue heron that was tangled in fishing line.

    Bolingbrook firefighters free heron tangled in fishing line at Whalon Lake


    Bolingbrook firefighters cut improperly discarded fishing line away from a great blue heron on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Whalon Lake. At the request of two Forest Preserve volunteers they freed the bird and prevented it from being injured or killed.  

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  • Forest Preserve employee David Piotrowski sells a carton of water in the bait shop.

    Bait shop up and running with snacks, gear and friendly faces


    After a year hiatus, Hidden Lakes Trout Farm's Tackle Box bait shop has been completely rebuilt and is open for business. And longtime former employee David Piotrowski is back in his happy spot, chatting with customers and offering fishing tips and a friendly ear. 

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  • Officials holding an oversized check.

    Forest Preserve receives federal funding for Route 66 trail project


    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster presented a check for $1.1 million in federal funding to the Forest Preserve District on June 2. The money will be used for a new path that connects the Wauponsee Glacial Trail to Route 66 in Joliet Township. 

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  • Participants take selfies as part of the Take It Outside Challenge.

    Take It Outside Challenge pushing people to 'get out and do something'


    Rob Gowens and Samantha Eberhardt are among more than 1,000 people who are participating in the yearlong Take It Outside Challenge. Gowens was looking for something to do in retirement, and Eberhardt is having a blast completing missions with her husband and four children. 

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  • Valuables left in plain sight inside a parked vehicle

    Keep safety in mind as you visit the preserves


    The Forest Preserve District is reminding visitors to keep safety in mind as they venture out into the preserves to enjoy the milder weather we've been experiencing. Keep valuables locked away, or leave them at home. And travel on trails with a partner whenever possible. 

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Turtle Tuesday

7/16/2024 2:00 PM

Meet some of our ambassador Blanding's turtles up close and learn the story of their journey as an endangered species.

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Little Explorers: Reptiles

7/17/2024 10:00 AM

Bring your children to Four Rivers to learn all about turtles.

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The Buzz

Nature curiosity: How do flies find garbage and other stinky things?


How do flies find garbage and other sources of stink so fast? They rely on their antennae to help them hone in.

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Quiz: What's your luna moth IQ?


Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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The dog days of summer are here, but it doesn't mean what you think


The dog days of summer are here, both literally and metaphorically. Be sure to stay safe outdoors during periods of high heat and humidity.

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