The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Left and right arrows move across top level links and expand / close menus in sub levels. Up and Down arrows will open main level menus and toggle through sub tier links. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items.

Current Headlines

Featured News

All News

Rescued Pelican Released Into the Wild at McKinley Woods

The Will County preserve was the perfect spot for the Willowbrook Wildlife Center's release because a flock of pelicans was resting there on its migratory journey south. 

Read More

Joliet Resident's Fiery Sunset Wins September Portion of Photo Contest

September's winning photo also features ominous clouds and silhouettes of the artificial nesting structures at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield. 

Read More

Forest Preserve Serves as Forensic Entomology Classroom for Law Enforcement

The two-day workshop provided area law enforcement with instructions on using insects in death investigations.

Read More

Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The preserve was one of Shapiro's favorite places to take her ill mother so she could get out of the house and enjoy nature. 

Read More

Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest

More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

Read More

'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

Read More

Romeoville Man's Snail Snapshot Wins August's Portion of Photo Contest

Mark Hanna moved the snail to safety off of a bike path before he snapped the winning photo. 

Read More

Carter Wright Draws on Interests in Photography, Wildlife for His Volunteer Role

Carter Wright's interests in photography and wildlife are the perfect complement to his work as a volunteer interpreter at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

Read More

Youth Group Camping Now Offers Flexible Programming at Multiple Sites

Programs led by interpretive naturalists can be delivered at four of the Forest Preserve's campgrounds. 

Read More

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. 

Read More

'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. 

Read More

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. 

Read More

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.

Read More

Milkweed Beetle Bests Competition in July Photo Contest

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

Read More

Avoid dehydration and heat illnesses with these tips

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

Read More


Owl Hike for Families

Learn a little about owls and then head outdoors to try to find this magical and elusive bird.

Read More

Lichens and Mosses

Come enjoy a winter morning learning about hardy lichens and mosses. 

Read More

The Buzz

Quiz: What's Your Gray Squirrel IQ?


Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Read More

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?


Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

Read More

Sign up for a Newsletter