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Lynn Kurczewski’s ‘Happy Place’: Goodenow Grove sled hill

Whether you're standing tall on the hill or rolling down it, it's a great place to spend some time creating memories.

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Boom Mower Continues Work on Centennial/Veterans Memorial Trail

Centennial – Veterans Memorial trail will be closed from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each day, Monday-Friday for the brush removal work, which will begin Monday, October 29, and take about three weeks to complete.

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Don't Miss the Deadline for October's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots before October's submission cutoff for our incredibly popular photo contest. 

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Public Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

The latest path addition will stretch from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield.

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Camping Gear Rental Program Coming in Spring 2019

The 'No Gear, No Problem' program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at a Forest Preserve campground.

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Teacher Tackles 'Woods Walk' Challenge in One Day

Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher Coley Connell completed all 10 trails on October 14.

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70 Bikes Donated During 'Recycle Your Bicycle'

The bikes will be rehabilitated by Chicago-based Working Bikes and given to those in need of a mode of transportation.

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Bid Approved, Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

Action taken by the Forest Preserve Board will pave the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be built.

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Winter preparations begin

Drinking fountains will be turned off starting October 15, and concessions at Monee Reservoir and boat launches throughout the District will close for the season on November 1.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years.

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Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

Additional erosion control measures and lease flexibility changes begin in 2019.

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Heartwarming 'Hug' Embraces Top Honors for September Photo Contest

Channahon woman's photo of a mom and baby squirrel embracing at McKinley Woods is the fifth finalist in the eight-month-long Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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Buzz on over to the 'Secret Lives of Bees' exhibit

The Purdue University traveling exhibit runs through November 30 at Plum Creek Nature Center and educates visitors about the importance of honeybees and other pollinators.

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Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

This story is the first in a series of "Happy Place" tales from Forest Preserve employees and members of the public.

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Nature Play Day

Participate in a hike, story, game, dancing or playing with your little ones.

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The Buzz

Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters


Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

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For First Time in Years, Red-Throated Loon Sighting Reported in Will County


It was a fairly rare treat for birders.

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