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    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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    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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  • A line of cyclists travel on a crushed limestone trail.

    Pump your brakes on the trails to improve safety for all

    4/29/2024

    Use proper trail etiquette to avoid injuries on Forest Preserve trails this year. The paths are multi-use, which means everyone has to share the space. 

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  • A bald eagle and its eaglet in a nest.

    Bald eagle nesting update: We have confirmed seven eaglets in four nests

    4/23/2024

    The bald eagle population has been booming in Will County in recent years, and we're monitoring four active nests. 

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  • Two excavators set a metal foot bridge in place.

    Bridge installed over I&M Canal as work continues on Lake Chaminwood trail connection project

    4/23/2024

    Work on a trail extension project that will connect Lake Chaminwood Preserve to the I&M Canal Trail in Channahon jumped a big hurdle on April 19 when a bridge was installed over the canal. The project will continue through mid- to late June. 

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  • A man poses with a fish.

    Bait your hook for some fishing derby fun at Hidden Lakes in 2024

    4/22/2024

    Anglers will have fun competing in fishing derbies at Hidden Lakes Trout Farm in Bolingbrook this summer. The derbies will be for kids in June and all ages in September. 

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  • A man stands on a trail in a forest preserve.

    Healing With Nature: Combat veteran finds his ‘flow’ on forest preserve paths

    4/22/2024

    The next installment of the Healing With Nature series features Nick Wallace of Joliet. The combat veteran and former Marine sergeant picked up 70 bags of trash at a preserve recently. He said being in nature reduces his anxiety and provides pure enjoyment.  

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  • An adaptive all-terrain wheelchair

    New all-terrain wheelchair available for public use at Four Rivers

    4/16/2024

    An adaptive all-terrain wheelchair is now available for public use at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The GRIT Freedom Chair – Spartan Model can be used by people of all ages and abilities. 

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  • Winter, spring, summer and fall are shown in this collage.

    Get your competitive juices flowing with Spring Fling Take It Outside Challenge

    4/8/2024

    The next seasonal Take It Outside Challenge kicks off on April 14. Participants will compete in the Spring Fling to earn points and prizes. So, grab your sneakers and get going! 

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Events

Trailside Trivia

6/20/2024 6:00 PM

Join Isle a la Cache naturalists for some trivia and put your nature and history knowledge to the test! 

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Summer Solstice Paddle

6/20/2024 7:00 PM

End the first day of summer on the water at Monee Reservoir during this recreational paddle.

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The Buzz

It's lightning bug season, so be on the lookout for these incredible creatures

6/18/2024

Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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What's the difference?: Grackle vs. starling

6/18/2024

Can you tell the difference between a grackle and a starling? Which is larger? Which gets white polka dots in the winter? Here is your chance to find out.

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Help wildlife beat the heat by leaving water out for them

6/17/2024

What are you doing to beat the heat this summer? If you can, add leaving water out for wildlife to your list.

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