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  • Raccoon sleeping in a tree

    Sleeping raccoon wins May's portion of Preserve the Moment Photo Contest


    May's winning photo was taken by Joe Viola of Shorewood at Hammel Woods. Seven more monthly winners will be picked before the 2022 contest concludes in December and overall winners are picked in January. 

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  • District officials accept award

    Wildlife ecologist, Black Road project win national awards


    Wildlife ecologist Becky Blankenship won a Young Professional Award and the District's Black Road Regional Trail Connection project won an Outstanding Achievement Award. 

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  • Bat shelter at Hammel Woods

    Forest Preserve joins Operation Disrupt, a suicide prevention coalition


    Signs with suicide crisis line and text line numbers have been placed in Will County forest preserves where suicides have occurred or been attempted in the past as part of Operation Disrupt, a multi-agency coalition seeking to reduce the number of teen and young adult suicides. 

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  • Volunteers accept awards at annual banquet

    2021 Volunteer Awards honor hours of dedication


    Mark Bettin of Mokena and Scott Mortenson of Oak Park were named 2021 Volunteers of the Year during a recent Forest Preserve awards banquet. Awards were given out in several categories, including service awards for longevity, to honor the many individuals who donate their time to the District. 

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  • Pileated woodpecker feeds its offspring

    Time to get snapping! 2022 photo contest underway


    The annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest runs through Dec. 31. Photos must be taken in a Will County preserve after the contest start date of May 1. Entrants and winners will receive prizes, and the first-place finisher will get a $500 gift card. 

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  • Entrance at Lower Rock Run

    Houbolt Road project affects portion of Rock Run Greenway Trail


    The 1.5-mile Houbolt Road Extension Project and the creation of a new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 80 is affecting the Forest Preserve's Rock Run Greenway Trail. Path users are urged to use caution and to take note of trail and road closure signs as the work progresses. 

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  • Crops in a field

    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.

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  • Aerial view of Hadley Valley

    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. 

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  • Aerial view of Plum Valley Preserve

    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.

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  • Image of Compass newsletter

    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.

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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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