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    Public hearing scheduled for proposed $50 million Capital Improvement Program bond issue

    5/23/2024

    A public hearing has been scheduled for June 6 for a proposed bond issue that would fund a 2025-2030 Capital Improvement Program. The $50 million bond issue would not result in a tax increase for the Forest Preserve portion of property tax bills because previously issued bonds have been paid off. In fact, taxes will decrease even with the bond issue. The money would be used to preserve land, connect trails and restore habitat.

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  • People line up at a window of a bait shop.

    Bait shops will be open, Sugar Creek Administration Center closed for Memorial Day holiday

    5/22/2024

    Monee Reservoir Visitor Center in Monee Township and the Tackle Box bait shop in Bolingbrook will both be open for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27. Preserves, trails and dog parks also will be open. Other Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed. 

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  • Stop feeding wildlife in the preserves, it's bad for critters and you could be ticketed

    5/22/2024

    The Forest Preserve District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 prohibits the feeding or baiting of wildlife in the preserves and violators will be ticketed. The prohibited activity can lead to disease transmission, overpopulation and illnesses in wildlife. 

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  • Rock Run Greenway Trail closed at two locations in Joliet

    5/21/2024

    The Rock Run Greenway Trail is closed in two Joliet locations for construction projects. The path is closed from Paul V. Nichols Access on Essington Road to Theodore Street and also at Olympic Boulevard. 

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    Save money on Forest Preserve merchandise during Memorial Day sales event

    5/21/2024

    Get 20% off your merchandise order at OutsiderThreads.com when you spend $50 during our Memorial Day sale, which runs from May 22 through May 28. All proceeds benefit The Nature Foundation of Will County. 

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  • Selfies showing people participating in the Take It Outside challenge.

    Take It Outside challenge draws participants from as far away as Florida and Ireland

    5/17/2024

    While the bulk of Take It Outside challenge participants are from Will County, many are crossing county lines to take part in this popular program. 

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  • A group of people in kayaks on a river.

    Go with the flow, sign up for a paddling program today

    5/13/2024

    The Forest Preserve District offers a wide variety of paddling programs each summer for varying ability levels and at many locations throughout Will County. Take a Kayak Kollege program to learn how to paddle or sign up for a non-instructional program to cruise a lake or river. 

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  • An award plaque taken outside with a clear blue sky background.

    Take It Outside Challenge wins Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award

    5/10/2024

    The Take It Outside Challenge has received an Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award from the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association's Forest Preserve and Conservation Section. The 2023 challenge drew 1,2000 participants in its inaugural year. 

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  • Two women pose with an award

    New Lenox woman named 2023 Volunteer of the Year

    5/8/2024

    Sally Wieclaw of New Lenox is the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Volunteer of the Year. Wieclaw started volunteering in 2001 to reduce stress in her life. Now she is an integral part of the District's work to protect plants, monitor butterflies and remove invasive species. 

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  • A woman in a wheelchair pauses along a river to take in the scenery.

    All-terrain wheelchair opens 'a whole new world' for nature exploration

    5/3/2024

    The first person to test the new GRIT Freedom Chair at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center said she loved that she could travel over grass, roots and mud and feel secure while doing so. The wheelchair is available for public use at no cost. 

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Events

Volunteer Morning: Keepataw Preserve

5/30/2024 9:00 AM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s volunteer mornings.

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Wild Child on the Road: Hammel Woods

5/31/2024 10:00 AM

We are taking Wild Child on the road this season visiting different preserves around Will County, and in May we are visiting Hammel Woods.

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The Buzz

What was life like since Brood XIII cicadas emerged? Take a trip down memory lane

5/24/2024

How much has changed since the Brood XIII cicadas last emerged in 2007? Well, back then the iPhone was brand new. And so was the Netflix streaming service. But not everything is much different than it was in 2007.

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Quiz: Test your beaver brainpower

5/17/2024

We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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Nature curiosity: Why does grass look greener after a storm?

5/16/2024

It's not just rain that helps keep your grass green. Lightning plays a role too. 

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