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Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

Hiking and photographing birds at the preserve helped heal the scar left by the suicide of her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered mental and physical health issues for many years.

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Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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Kayak Rentals Coming to Whalon Lake

Paddling opportunities will expand this summer at the 80-acre lake in Bolingbrook as Naperville Kayak sets up shop Tuesday through Sunday.

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‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ Exhibition Runs Through March 16

The exhibition consists of iconic photos of the artist and her home and garden; reproductions of several of her paintings; and information about native Mexican plants, festivities, food and drink.

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Spice Up Your Surroundings with Succulents

Include a bit of 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' in your home landscape by adding succulents to the mix.

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What You Need to Know About Coyote Mating Season

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

She's the latest addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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Become an Interpretive Aide or Event Volunteer

Interpretive aides present, organize and help develop educational and interpretive programs for school groups, youth groups and the public, while event volunteers provide assistance or a special skill at District events and/or programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Meyer Wears Many Hats in Giving Back to Community

When Ruth Meyer retired after more than 40 years as a hair dresser, she made it a goal to give back to her community through volunteering.

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Before and After: Freeing the Trees at Plum Creek Nature Center

In order to let the good things thrive, it's important to manage the landscape and remove the invasives.

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Q&A with 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' Curator

Art historian Adriana Zavala discusses the origins of the 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' exhibition opening at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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Hugging Squirrels Crush Competition in Photo Contest Win

Barbara Parisi of Channahon snapped the fuzzy duo at McKinley Woods.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 23rd consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Foundation Donation Supports Forest Preserve Nature and Arts Programming

The money will be used to support two traveling exhibits and a juried art show.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Migratory Bird Hike

Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?


Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer


One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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