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Create Your Own Pollinator-friendly Garden with ‘Plant by Numbers’ Templates

View the pollinator garden and landscaping at Isle a la Cache in Romeoville for inspiration and then use templates from the 'Paint by Numbers' website to create a natural landscape tailored to your yard's soil and sun conditions.

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Come See Trash Turned Into Art with ‘Found Objects Sculpture Trail’

Seven sculptures created by artist Jennifer Meyer out of discarded items will be on display through March 31, 2021, along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. 

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Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves and it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

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Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway 

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences. 

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Keep Your Distance: COVID-19 Info Signs Installed

Preserves and trails are open, but the Forest Preserve's new informational signs encourage everyone to spread COVID-19 prevention tips – not the germs. 

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Forest Preserve Hits 22,000-acre Milestone with Crete and Wheatland Township Acquisitions

The latest purchases will improve the quality of life for the District's residents and protect land for future generations, while contributing to clean air, clean water and habitat for wildlife. 

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Trail Etiquette Even More Important During Pandemic

Whether you are new to path use or a veteran trail user, slow down, announce your presence while passing on the left, stick close to home to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19 and use good judgment to keep yourself and others safe.

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2020 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway

The contest is open to amateur photographers over the age of 18 and photos must be taken in a Forest Preserve District of Will County site; social distancing and other health guidelines must be adhered to as well.

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Passport Program Celebrates Earth Day's Golden Anniversary

Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes. 

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Dog Park Calendar Raises Nearly $6,000 For Humane Society

The Forest Preserve's 2020 dog park calendar highlighted pups that visit the District's six dog parks and animals rescued by the Humane Society, which is Will County's oldest no-kill shelter. 

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Lewis University Receives Forest Preserve Partnership Award

The Forest Preserve's partnership award recognizes the school's ongoing assistance with preserve restoration, shoreline cleanup, District programming and more. 

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See How 'Nature Takes Flight' In Second Annual Juried Art Show

The 'Nature Takes Flight Juried Art Competition' includes 55 artworks that will be on display at Plum Creek Nature Center from March 3 through April 3. 

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season

The site will be closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs. The other two access areas for the preserve – Turtle Lake and Copley Nature Park – remain open from 8 a.m.-sunset year-round.

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Coyotes More Likely to Protect Their Turf During Mating, Pupping Seasons

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near, so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Firefly Hike

Learn about bioluminescent fireflies and enjoy a night hike through Fours Rivers’ forested trails. 

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Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike

Start the day off right with some self care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection. 

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The Buzz

Too Many Mosquitoes In Your Yard? Attract Dragonflies


Dragonflies can eat dozens of mosquitoes a day, so attracting them to your yard might help make your time outside more enjoyable.

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Quiz: Can You Ace This River Otter Quiz?


Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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