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Follow These Tips for Safe Paddling and Boating Excursions

Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place.

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Work Set to Begin at Schneider's Passage Trailhead in Romeoville

Access to parallel parking spots at the trailhead will be blocked by barricades for several weeks as parking is expanded and improved and a latrine and bench are added to the site.

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These are the Wonderful Wildflowers Blooming Right Now

You've had quesitons. We have answers.

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Childhood Spent Outdoors Serves as Inspiration for Volunteer of the Year

Longtime Forest Preserve District volunteer Richard Wachenheim was honored as the volunteer of the year at the District's annual volunteer banquet. 

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TGIF! – Gear Up for the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

The popular summer food truck series will roll into four preserves on a rotating basis from June 7 through August 23.  

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Looking For a Reason to Take a Hike? We Have Plenty

Whether you want to hike with your dog or learn more about the natural world around you, the Forest Preserve District has an upcoming hiking program that's right up your alley.

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Top 10 Reasons to use Native Plants

Stock up on native species during the 'Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale' to make your landcape easier to care for and more beneficial to wildlife.

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Nature Foundation Presents Second 2019 Check to Forest Preserve

The money will support the Forest Preserve's nature education, arts and interpretation programs.

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Get Ready for Summer with 'Fitness in the Forest' Classes

Four group fitness sessions with a personal trainer will be held in May at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access.

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Heirloom Seeds Now Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

The seeds date back to a simpler time, but they also may be the answer to future food needs.

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Board Hires Firm to Create Engineering Plan for Hammel Woods Dam Removal

Dam removal could take place once Phase II engineering is completed and a permit is approved by regulatory agencies.

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Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.

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Frankfort Resident's Painting Takes First in Juried Art Show

The winning painting, "Bluebells with Footbridge," was chosen from among 270 total entries in the "Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens" competition.

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Preserve The Moment Photo Contest Returns for 2019

The Preserve the Moment photo contest is back for a fourth consecutive year and it is the perfect way for you to share your love of nature and photography, and possibly win prizes.

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Fitness in the Forest

Get off the couch and shed the extra winter weight in an outdoor fitness class.

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Turtles Rock

Celebrate World Turtle Day by painting turtle-inspired kindness rocks.

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Could A Vaccine Save Bats From White-Nose Syndrome? A New Study Shows Promise


Researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent bat deaths from white-nose syndrome, an illness decimating bat populations in much of the United States.

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The Plight of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


The rusty patched bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed as endangered. Here's why that's important.

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