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2019 Camping and Picnicking Permits Now on Sale

For the first time, camping and picnicking permits can be booked online.

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Get Outdoors This Winter to Preserve Your Physical and Mental Health

The Forest Preserve offers many winter recreation opportunities including sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and hiking.

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‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ Exhibition opens January 29 at Four Rivers

The exhibition consists of iconic photos of the artist and her home and garden; reproductions of several of her paintings; and information about native Mexican plants, festivities, food and drink.

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Ward Off Winter Blues with Volunteer Workdays

Sign up for a volunteer workday to help improve the preserves and to reap the benefits of getting outside during winter.

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Forest Preserve Saves $905,000 with Bond Refunding

The refunding of $10 million in bonds was made possible by the District's Aa1 credit rating.

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Time's Running Out to Enter 2018 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your photos to be sure you're not left out in the cold.

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Summers Elected Forest Preserve Board President

During a reorganization meeting on Monday, December 10, the Board elected new officers and new committee chairs and vice chairs.

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Do Not Disturb: Eagle Watching Tips and Guidelines

As smaller bodies of water begin to freeze, the open waters of larger rivers attract eagles wintering in the Midwest. But take care to not disturb the birds as you attempt to watch or photograph these amazing creatures.

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Volunteering Leads to New Passion for Carrie Rock

Carrie Rock's interest in Native American culture first drew her to volunteering with the Forest Preserve District more than two decades ago.

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Shelf Fungi Shine in November Portion of Photo Contest

The shimmering mushrooms took top honors for Lowell, Ind., resident Mandy Bellamy.

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Buy ‘Green’ Gifts – And Edible Bugs – at Plum Creek Nature Center

The newly revamped gift shop now features items from environmentally friendly and fair trade companies.

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Counting the Days to the Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count

Volunteers are being sought for local bird counts on December 15 and 29, and bird-watchers of all experience levels can sign up in advance to participate.

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Preserve Visitors Reminded to Use Caution During Winter Weather

The beauty of the winter season also brings along its necessary cautions.

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Army Corps, State Contribute $591,000 for Restoration Efforts

The infusion of funds will accelerate efforts to return forest preserve acreage to its natural state.

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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a snow event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

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Four Rivers’ Wedding Open House

Attend an open house to view the facility, collect information, ask questions of staff and get ideas for planning an eco-friendly celebration.

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Busy Beavers Craft Club

Each day we will have a different craft set up in the museum for you to make and take home.

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The Buzz

Nightmare Scenario: One Snake, 511 Ticks


Nature isn't always pretty.

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Creature Feature: The Cunning and Clever Red Fox


These sly creatures are skilled hunters and adaptable to many habitats and environments, including rural, suburban and urban areas.

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