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Volunteer for a Winter Workday

Help make the preserves healthier this winter by volunteering for a resource management workday, including a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Heron Hitting the Water Nabs First Place in Photo Contest

Joliet architect Mark Rupsis snapped the winning shot for the November portion of the contest at Colvin Grove Preserve in Joliet.

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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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Monee Reservoir Visitor Center Set to Close for Winter

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will close for the season on December 1; it will reopen on March 3 and resume renting fishing, boating and sports gear and selling bait and fishing licenses. 

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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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Stay Fit and Have Some Family Fun This Winter

The Forest Preserve District offers ample opportunities for sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter-themed programs to keep you fit and having fun all season long.

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Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

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

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Doe-Eyed Deer Wins October's Photo Contest

October's winning photo will vie with eight other monthly winners for overall honors via online voting once the contest concludes on December 31. 

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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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Artists Being Sought for 'Nature Takes Flight' Juried Art Show

Applications may be submitted from November 1 through January 31 for Plum Creek Nature Center's spring art competition. 

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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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2020 Dog Park Permits Go On Sale November 1

Permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District off-leash dog parks, which are located in Crete Township, Homer Glen, Joliet, Naperville, Shorewood and Wesley Township. 

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Volunteer Workday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, and meet fellow nature-lovers.

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Leafing Through Time Book Club

Join us the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss an important work of fiction or non-fiction that helps connect us to our natural and cultural history. 

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?


Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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Has Your Bird Feeder Become a Squirrel Feeder? Here Are Some Ideas to Keep Those Rascals Away


Are your attempts at feeding the birds inadvertently keeping the neighborhood squirrels well fed? We're here to help.

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