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  • A Woods Walk sign in the forest.

    'Pick a path and head out' for our annual Woods Walk challenge


    The popular, self-paced Woods Walk challenge runs through Nov. 30. Hike seven of 10 trails to earn a commemorative medallion. New this year is the opportunity to log your walks via the free Goosechase app.

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  • Three people stand in front of an old ammunition bunker.

    Two-part 'Buzz' episode features Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie’s history, restoration and bison


    Tune in to 'The Buzz' on Aug. 30 to see the first installment of a two part-episode on Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Find out more about the 20,283-acre U.S. Forest Service site's history, prairie restoration and bison.

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  • Maple leaves showing off their fall color in shades of orange and red.

    Foundation's online tree and shrub sale runs through Sept. 24


    The Nature Foundation of Will County's annual Autumn Native Tree & Shrub Sale will feature many keystone species that benefit wildlife, including pollinators. 

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  • A woman drinks water.

    Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips


    When it's hot, make sure to drink plenty of fluids before and during outdoor activity or postpone activities and stay inside. 

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  • A man and woman pose for a photo.

    Take It Outside participants share stories of getting fit, building confidence, making friends


    A Meet and Greet program held at Hickory Creek Preserve on Sunday drew more than 100 participants in the Forest Preserve's yearlong Take It Outside Challenge. They compared notes on missions and talked about the challenge's many physical and social benefits. 

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  • A man and woman measure a large tree in a forest.

    Messenger Woods trees named Big Tree Champions


    A jack pine and a black maple in Messenger Woods Nature Preserve made the list of Illinois Big Tree Champions this year. The trees were nominated by David Shepard, an environmental science teacher and tree aficionado and a fan of Messenger Woods.

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  • A collage of participants in the Take It Outside challenge

    Ready, set, go: Map out plan to rocket up Take It Outside challenge leaderboard


    Just heard about the Take It Outside challenge and want to make a run at the leaderboard? Map out a plan of attack and then take it outside to start completing missions. 

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  • Firefighters work to free a great blue heron that was tangled in fishing line.

    Bolingbrook firefighters free heron tangled in fishing line at Whalon Lake


    Bolingbrook firefighters cut improperly discarded fishing line away from a great blue heron on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Whalon Lake. At the request of two Forest Preserve volunteers they freed the bird and prevented it from being injured or killed.  

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  • Man stands in the middle of a fly fishing exhibit

    Curious about the Fly Fishing Tackle exhibit headed to Monee Reservoir? Jim Schottenham has answers


    Take a deeper dive into the fly-fishing exhibition on display at Monee Reservoir. Jim Schottenham, curator of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, answers questions about the exhibition and fly fishing in general. The exhibition is open now through Oct. 31.

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  • A collection of lures.

    Monee Reservoir reels in unique fly-fishing exhibition with ties to Chicago history


    Learn the history of fly fishing in the Chicago area during the 'World's Finest: Fly-Fishing Tackle' exhibition at Monee Reservoir. Rods, reels, flies, photos and books from the 1800s will be on display through Oct. 31. Complementary fly-fishing programs will be offered. 

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Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby

9/23/2023 7:00 AM

Calling all anglers! Come on out to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and try your hand at fishing in our Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby.

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Volunteer Morning: Hickory Creek — LaPorte Road Access

9/23/2023 8:00 AM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s volunteer mornings.

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The Buzz

Five fast facts about easy-to-miss praying mantises


Praying mantises are among the largest insects we see, but that doesn't mean they are easy to find. Learn more about these insects that stand out at blending in.

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When a weed is something more: Milkweed vital for many species


Have you heard the buzz about monarchs and milkweed? Monarchs are far from the only animals that rely on milkweed.

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Preserves We Love: O'Hara Woods, for delivering nature's gifts


Interpretive naturalist Sara Russell tells us why she loves O'Hara Woods Preserve.

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