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Plum Creek Greenway Trail Addition Opens in Crete Township

The 1-mile trail section extends south from Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes a dog park and a picnic pavilion. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes Aim at Troublesome Trail Users

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves participating in a number of offensive behaviors. 

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'What's Bugging Belva?' exhibit explores the wonderful world of insects

The exhibit, which runs from September 1 through November 30, allows Belva to jump off the pages of a super-size book into an instructional garden to teach children and their families about the intricacies of insects. 

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Reopens August 16 for General Use

Now that most of the birds born at the site have left their nests, they are less likely to be disturbed by human visitors. 

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For Barb Ferry, Raising Monarchs Is More Than a Hobby

Barb Ferry has been raising monarch butterflies at home and releasing them into the wild, with the ultimate goals of helping sustain their population and educating the public of their importance.

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Milkweed Beetle Bests Competition in July Photo Contest

The photo was taken by Greg Johnson of Bolingbrook at Whalon Lake. 

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Forest Preserve Grows by 40 Acres in Homer Township

The acquisition will help close a Hadley Valley Preserve gap, and it could help link two sections of Spring Creek Greenway Trail.

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Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips

Drink plenty of fluids, before and during outdoor activity, or postpone activities and stay inside. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Rolls On, Gets A Bit Trashy

One thing is certain: Nobody likes a jerk in the preserves, and that's confirmed by the response we've seen to "Don't Be A Jerk," the Forest Preserve District's big, bold multimedia campaign. 

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Rock Run Bench Replacement Underway

Ten new benches will be installed in the Rock Run corridor as part of a bench improvement and replacement program instituted in 2016. 

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Discounted Dog Park Permits Now On Sale

Half-year dog park permits are now on sale.

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2020 Dog Park Calendar Sales to Benefit Will County's Homeless Dogs

Next year may seem like a world away, but the forecast is calling for daily doses of furry cuteness for everyone who purchases a 2020 calendar featuring the adorable dogs that frequent the District's dog parks.

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Red-tailed hawk strikes a pose to snare June photo contest win

The photo was taken by Robert Schwaan of Lemont at Veterans Woods in Romeoville. 

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Rent a kayak at Whalon Lake, or sign up for a Forest Preserve paddling program

Hot weather means it's time to hit the water in a kayak and the Forest Preserve District has many options for you to try in every corner of the county, including the new kayak rental program at Whalon Lake in Naperville.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Tellef Keeps Watch on Horseback

Karen Tellef volunteers as a trail sentinel, keeping a watchful eye on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail while riding her horse, Raz.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Autumnal Equinox Campfire

Celebrate the coming of fall in a beautiful forest preserve. 

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The Buzz

Quiz: Are You Savvy About Queen Snakes?


Can you ace this 10-question quiz?

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Monarch Migration is in Full Swing at Midewin, and Here's the Visual Proof


The number of monarchs roosting each evening is quite impressive.

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