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Don't Miss the Deadline for October's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots before October's submission cutoff for our incredibly popular photo contest. 

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Public Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

The latest path addition will stretch from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield.

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Camping Gear Rental Program Coming in Spring 2019

The 'No Gear, No Problem' program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at a Forest Preserve campground.

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Teacher Tackles 'Woods Walk' Challenge in One Day

Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher Coley Connell completed all 10 trails on October 14.

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70 Bikes Donated During 'Recycle Your Bicycle'

The bikes will be rehabilitated by Chicago-based Working Bikes and given to those in need of a mode of transportation.

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Bid Approved, Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

Action taken by the Forest Preserve Board will pave the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be built.

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Winter preparations begin

Drinking fountains will be turned off starting October 15, and concessions at Monee Reservoir and boat launches throughout the District will close for the season on November 1.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years.

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Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

Additional erosion control measures and lease flexibility changes begin in 2019.

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Heartwarming 'Hug' Embraces Top Honors for September Photo Contest

Channahon woman's photo of a mom and baby squirrel embracing at McKinley Woods is the fifth finalist in the eight-month-long Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

This story is the first in a series of "Happy Place" tales from Forest Preserve employees and members of the public.

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

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Anglers Turn to Kooky Bait Concoctions to Land the Big Ones

Fishermen have been known to tuck everything from garlic to hemorrhoid cream in their tackle boxes.

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Don't Miss the Deadline for September's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots now to meet the Preserve the Moment September 30 submission cutoff.

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Service and schedule changes coming to Monee Reservoir

Dog park permits and camping permits will no longer be available from this site, and picnic permits for only Monee Reservoir's shelters and grove will be issued at the visitor center, which will close earlier this winter on December 1.

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Winter Campfire & Stroll

Welcome the winter season and spend a spell around a warm fire. 

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Stories in the Snow

Join us as we explore a (hopefully) wintry wonderland and investigate where our animal friends go when it gets cold.

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The Buzz

Creature Feature: The Stunning Snowy Owl


Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.

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Nature Curiosity: How Do Birds Hear?


If you’ve thought to yourself "Do birds have ears?," well the answer to that question is both yes and no. 

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