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Foundation's $10,000 Donation Funds Pollinator Garden

The garden, which is already growing and was unveiled during the recent "Island Rendezvous," will benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators. 

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Volunteers Sought for Summer Workdays

Sign up for a summer workday to help keep the preserves free of invasive species and hospitable for native flora and fauna.

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Naperville Bird-Watcher Plans 'Big Year' of Birding in Will County

Joe Devine has been watching birds since childhood, but now he's decided to record as many Will County bird sightings as possible in one year.

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Shorewood HUGS Donation Supports Forest Preserve's K-9

Shorewood HUGS raised $2,500 for the care and training of the Forest Preserve District's K-9, Jullo, at this year's "HUGS for Hounds" Easter egg hunt. 

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Share Your 'Food Truck Fridays' Experience with Our Snapchat Filters and Lenses

Heading out to "Food Truck Fridays"? Share your experience in a fun way with our Snapchat filters and lenses.

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Heron's Hunt Wins May Photo Contest

This blue heron's successful hunt of a northern water snake was captured by Eileen Capodice of Minooka.

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In a Preserve When Severe Weather Strikes? Here's What to Do

Severe weather can strike at any time. Here's what you need to know to be prepared if you're spending time outdoors.

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This Robin Would Be Alive Right Now if the Fishing Line Was Properly Disposed Of

This American robin couldn't escape fishing line it became entangled in earlier this week at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville.

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No Gear? No Problem! District Now Offers Camping Equipment Rentals

The new program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at Forest Preserve campgrounds.

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Whalon Lake’s New Kayak Rental Program Has Launched

Kayaks will be available for rental from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the 80-acre lake through Labor Day.

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Hook a Prize During 'Big Fish Contest' at Monee Reservoir

The annual contest has been expanded from a one-day adult fishing derby to a three-month biggest fish contest that will run from June 1-August 31.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Animals Are the Attraction for These Kids

For the Swift family, caring for the animals at Plum Creek Nature Center taught them new skills they can now use at home.

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Have You Always Wanted to be a Mascot? Here's Your Shot

What's big, furry and in need of someone to jump right into a new role?

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Work begins on Normantown Trail section in Plainfield

A 0.85-mile section of the trail in Plainfield is being created out of the former Normantown Road.

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Asphalt Work Scheduled for Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access

Contractors are scheduled to be working Friday, May 10, to asphalt a portion of trail near the preserve's dog park.

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Events

Taco Tuesday

Join us as we celebrate Taco Tuesdays in July. Our version of Taco Tuesdays will be an up-close chance to meet Taco, our ambassador Blanding’s turtle.

 

 

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Bring Your Own Boat: Touring Lake Chaminwood (Intermediate)

Bring your own kayak or canoe for a fun evening tour of Lake Chaminwood.

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The Buzz

The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

7/12/2019

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

7/12/2019

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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