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Pollinators, Art and Outdoor Activities Featured at Hummingbird Fest

Sign up to watch hummingbird banding, view nature-inspired art or have an outdoor adventure at this year's multifaceted event.

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Put some sizzle in your summer with August's ‘Food Truck Fridays’ lineup

Multiple trucks will be dishing out delicacies at each outing.

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Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

The award recognizes the Forest Preserve's enhanced social media and website offerings, which have drastically increased public engagement.

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Colorful Mural Installed at Isle a la Cache Chapeau Shop

The artwork depicts life during the 18th-century French fur trade era and the popularity of beaver felt top hats.

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Enter Your Photos for July's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Between wildlife and wildflowers, we're in a sweet spot for getting stellar photos to enter in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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For Joan Fasanella, Volunteering Sparked New Career Path

Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.

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Play area for small dogs opens at Hammel Woods

The 2.3-acre area is reserved for canines weighing 35 pounds or less.

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Quilt show wraps up to rave reviews

The 'Inspired by the National Parks' quilt exhibition attracted 5,500 people to four Forest Preserve visitor centers that hosted177 art quilts.

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Discounted dog park permits now on sale

The half-price permits went on sale July 1 and will be available through October 31.

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Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

Lemont resident Mike Daley's photo of the elusive mammal is now a finalist for overall prizes, which will be determined after the Preserve the Moment photo contest ends in December.

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Waste-free lunch program reduces field trip garbage

Students who attend field trips at Plum Creek Nature Center are taught how to minimize their lunch garbage by recycling, reusing and composting.

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Join the 'Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge'

The challenge runs through August 17, and birders are encouraged to have a 'big day' of bird spotting for a chance to win a pair of binoculars.

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Ribbon Cutting Set for Small-Dog Addition at Hammel Woods Dog Park

Small dogs will finally get their day at Hammel Woods now that an enclosure has been built for pint-sized pups.

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Traffic Alert Issued for Sugar Creek Quilt Show Visitors

Prepare for possible road congestion in Joliet as you attempt to view the national parks quilt exhibition.

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July's 'Food Truck Fridays' Feature Pizza, Pierogies and More

Grab a snack or dinner as you explore a preserve. 

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Events

Kayak Kollege (Beginner)

This workshop, led by United States Canoe Association certified instructors, introduces participants to the sport of kayaking.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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The Buzz

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower

8/7/2018

This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Stink on Skunks

8/2/2018

If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned. 

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