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Veterans Woods closes for improvement project

Veterans Woods will close Thursday, April 26, and remain closed until further notice as work to improve the preserve's parking lots and trails takes place.

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Our New Twitter Account is for the Birds

We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.

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Follow safety guidelines for a safe preserve outing

Know which numbers to call and other safety practices before you visit a preserve or trail.

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Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

We have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of fishing line.

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Chicagoland Speedway, JULIE Inc. celebrate Earth Day with Forest Preserve tree donation

The native oaks were planted Friday on Earth Day weekend in front of the Sugar Creek Administration Center.

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Gravel Work Taking Place Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail

New gravel is being laid down along a stretch of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail in the Manhattan area.

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Mokena woman chosen as Volunteer of the Year

Phyllis Schulte was honored for her 27 years as a volunteer and her stewardship of Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

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Crosswalk Restriping Slated to Begin April 24

Restriping of the crosswalks will not affect trail access.

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Don't Fall for Food Truck Fridays Hoax Circulating on Facebook

The Forest Preserve was recently made aware of a Facebook page for Hammel Woods that is portraying itself as belonging to the District and spreading false information.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Sentinel Andrea Pletzke

Forest Preserve Volunteer Andrea Pletzke is so grateful that the District is saving open space for everyone to enjoy.

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Save the date for the return of ‘Food Truck Fridays’

This summer's weekly nosh fest will feature more food, more trucks and more fun!

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Slow Your Roll to Help Keep Turtles Safe This Spring

Not only are more people going to be out and about on the trails, but so will turtles during nesting season.

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Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

The large painting, which was created in 2016 for the Forest Preserve by graffiti/mural artist Ryan "ARCY" Christenson, will be viewable from May 1 through September 2.

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Plan Your Spring and Summer with 'The Weekly Five'

This email blast will keep you up to date on upcoming programs and events.

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Volunteers Needed at Monee Reservoir

Individuals are needed to assist the public during fishing and boating programs at Monee Reservoir. 

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Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

See the dazzling spectacle of herons, egrets and cormorants! 

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Pond Safari

Join us to see what lives in and around the pond that is attached to the Des Plaines River at Isle a la Cache preserve.

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The Buzz

Dandy Dandelions: This 'Common Weed' has Many Benefits


Each spring, homeowners declare war on dandelions, pulling out all the stops to keep America’s most hated weed out of their yards and gardens. But is it a war worth waging? Should we just leave these plants be?

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Squirrel 'Came in Like a Wrecking Ball,' Immediately Regretted It


There's no shortage of videos featuring these furry little critters taking a spin on squirrel-proof feeders, but this one is particularly entertaining.

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