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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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'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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

More than 100 students from six high schools worked recently in the heat and humidity to remove invasive species and trash from two preserves. 

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Forest Preserve Rolls Out ‘Don’t be a Jerk’ Campaign

The multimedia effort will include videos, signs and social media posts urging people to pick up after their dog, properly dispose of cigarette butts and fishing line, share the trails and other preserve etiquette, pro-nature messages.

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Events

Morning Bird Hike at Monee Reservoir (Canceled)

Join other birders as we learn, explore and search for birds.

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Living History Encounter: Historic Fire-starting Methods (Canceled)

Experience local history up close and personal with cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen sharing their talents.

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The Buzz

What's The Difference?: Fox Snake vs. Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

4/4/2020

Is that snake you saw a dangerous eastern massasauga rattlesnake or a nonvenomous fox snake? If you saw it in Will County, it was a fox snake. The massasauga does not live in Will County. In fact, no venomous snakes do.

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Invasion Of The Jumping Worms: They're A Big Threat To Soil Quality

4/3/2020

Invasion of the jumping worms isn't the next box-office thriller. These invasive worms are becoming widespread in Illinois, destroying the soil quality wherever they are. 

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