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Coyotes More Likely to Protect Their Turf During Mating, Pupping Seasons

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near, so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Prevent Vehicle Burglaries by Following These Tips

Forest Preserve police are reminding visitors to lock their vehicles and to leave valuables at home as they plan their 2020 nature outings. 

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Massive Restoration Project Underway at Goodenow Grove

The work will make the site more hospitable to Species of Greatest Conservation Need by removing invasive plants, stopping erosion and protecting the trees and ponds creatures need to flourish. 

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2020 Picnic and Camping Permits Now on Sale

Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve visitor centers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Bolingbrook’s Harris Succeeds Summers as Forest Preserve Board President

Certified public accountant Kenneth E. Harris of Bolingbrook is the Forest Preserve District's new Board president. 

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Bike Club Donation Will Pay for Repair Stations

The two repair stations will assist bicyclists who have mechanical issues while riding the Forest Preserve's trails. 

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Earin Land’s 'Happy Place': Melting Away the Pounds and the Past on the Wauponsee

The latest installment of the Forest Preserve District's "Happy Place" series features a retired Will County Sheriff's Police sergeant who made riding a bike on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail a key part of his retirement plan. 

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Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The schedule features art, nature, history and food offerings ranging from eagle and pelican events to the return of the popular 'Food Truck Fridays' and 'Woods Walk.'

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$5.3 Million Grant Awarded to Veterans Memorial Trail Project

The federal grant will pay for a 3.5-mile section of the trail in Homer Township from 159th Street south to the Spring Creek Greenway Trail in Hadley Valley Preserve. 

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Gift Cards Now Available for Forest Preserve Programs, Permits and Rentals

For the first time, the Forest Preserve District is selling gift cards that can be used for a variety of purchases ranging from picnic shelter and dog park permits to camping gear rentals and gift shop purchases. 

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'Astonishing' Work at Hadley Valley Earns Excellence in Ecological Restoration Accreditation

The Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program accreditation was announced recently by Chicago Wilderness. 

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Forest Preserve Board Approves $25 Million Capital Plan

The bond funds will be used to improve preserves and facilities and allow for additional land acquisition. 

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Turtle Hit by Car in Morris Lives on Through Hatchlings

While the mother turtle did not survive, three of her eggs did and one hatchling, named M3, is being cared for by the Forest Preserve District of Will County as part of a regional Blanding's turtle recovery program. 

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Wauponsee Glacial Trail Section Closed for Bridge Replacement Work

The bridge over Jackson Creek will be demolished starting November 1, and the section of trail will remain closed until a replacement is installed in spring 2020.

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers (Canceled)

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

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Nature Play Day (Canceled)

You and your child may participate in a hike, story, game, dancing or playing.

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The Buzz

Things We Love: Those Fiercely Protective Crappies

4/7/2020

Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish. 

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Things We Love: Those Rascally Raccoons

4/7/2020

Raccoons have a well-earned reputation for being trash bandits, but they deserve our respect too. 

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