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Forest Preserve Serves as Forensic Entomology Classroom for Law Enforcement

The two-day workshop provided area law enforcement with instructions on using insects in death investigations.

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Wauponsee Glacial Trail affected by Gougar Road project

Gougar Road in Manhattan is under construction and path users should use caution when crossing this street.  

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Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The preserve was one of Shapiro's favorite places to take her ill mother so she could get out of the house and enjoy nature. 

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From the Gulf of Mexico to Goodenow, Hummingbird Goes Full Circle

The bird was first banded in 2015 and wound up being captured again at the Forest Preserve's 2019 'Hummingbird Fest & Nature Celebration.'

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Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest

More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

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End of the Season Price Reduction on Camping Gear Rentals

All camping gear rentals are 50 percent off through the end of the year.

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Sign Up for Volunteer Workdays to Improve the Preserves

Fifteen workdays involving brush control or seed collection have been scheduled for September 28 through December 15 at various preserves. 

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‘Big Fish Contest’ Participants Reel in Prizes for Winning Entries

Prizes were awarded for the biggest bass, biggest panfish and biggest catfish.

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Hay Program Keeps Woody and Weedy Plants at Bay

Late summer and fall are the time for hay bales to appear in the preserves.

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Romeoville Man's Snail Snapshot Wins August's Portion of Photo Contest

Mark Hanna moved the snail to safety off of a bike path before he snapped the winning photo. 

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'Woods Walk' Hiking Challenge In Full Swing

Participants who tackle seven of 10 designated trails before the program ends on November 30 will receive a collector's medal. 

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Carter Wright Draws on Interests in Photography, Wildlife for His Volunteer Role

Carter Wright's interests in photography and wildlife are the perfect complement to his work as a volunteer interpreter at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

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Photo Contest Fun Has Only Just Begun; Plenty of Time to Enter Your Snapshots!

The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is visit a preserve and let your imagination and your camera lens run wild.

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Youth Group Camping Now Offers Flexible Programming at Multiple Sites

Programs led by interpretive naturalists can be delivered at four of the Forest Preserve's campgrounds. 

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Riverview Farmstead by Lantern

Discover three generations of the Clow family and their “riverview” farmstead by lantern, just as they would have seen it on dark November nights.

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The Buzz

5 Reasons To Hit the Trails on National Hiking Day

11/14/2019

National Take a Hike Day is November 17 and there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of all of the good you can get from a hike.

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How To Keep The Birds Visiting Your Yard All Winter Long

11/12/2019

The days have become noticeably colder and shorter, and food supplies have become more scarce for many birds. But you can keep birds visiting your yard all year long by providing the right foods.

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