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Forest Preserve Grows by 40 Acres in Homer Township

The acquisition will help close a Hadley Valley Preserve gap, and it could help link two sections of Spring Creek Greenway Trail.

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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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'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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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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Discounted Dog Park Permits Now On Sale

Half-year dog park permits are now on sale.

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2020 Dog Park Calendar Sales to Benefit Will County's Homeless Dogs

Next year may seem like a world away, but the forecast is calling for daily doses of furry cuteness for everyone who purchases a 2020 calendar featuring the adorable dogs that frequent the District's dog parks.

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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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Shelter, Garden and Longhouse Improvements Coming to Isle a la Cache

The work will provide a large picnic shelter for programs and events; a pollinator garden for insects, bats and hummingbirds; and a restored Native American shelter. 

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Forest Preserve Earns National Award for Kankakee Sands Restoration

The award recognizes the District's multiyear effort to convert agricultural acreage back to prairie by planting native species and restoring the area's natural hydrology. 

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Naperville Bird-Watcher Plans 'Big Year' of Birding in Will County

Joe Devine has been watching birds since childhood, but now he's decided to record as many Will County bird sightings as possible in one year.

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Heron's Hunt Wins May Photo Contest

This blue heron's successful hunt of a northern water snake was captured by Eileen Capodice of Minooka.

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This Robin Would Be Alive Right Now if the Fishing Line Was Properly Disposed Of

This American robin couldn't escape fishing line it became entangled in earlier this week at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Fall Family Campfire

Hear tall tales and sing songs by firelight while savoring the last moments of fall. 

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The Buzz

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Coyotes


Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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Monarchs and Día de los Muertos: How To Attract These Winged Souls to Your Yard


Monarchs are a popular symbol in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn what these butterflies symbolize and how you can attract them to your yard in the upcoming "Winged Souls & Milkweed" program.

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