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End of the Season Price Reduction on Camping Gear Rentals

All camping gear rentals are 50 percent off through the end of the year.

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Hay Program Keeps Woody and Weedy Plants at Bay

Late summer and fall are the time for hay bales to appear in the preserves.

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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. 

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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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Photo Contest Fun Has Only Just Begun; Plenty of Time to Enter Your Snapshots!

The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is visit a preserve and let your imagination and your camera lens run wild.

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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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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. 

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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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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. 

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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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Milkweed Beetle Bests Competition in July Photo Contest

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

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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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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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Events

Morning Bird Hike

This hike will highlight birds that live in the woodlands and fields of the preserve around the Plum Creek Nature Center.

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Green Tech Here and Now

Tour Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and learn about the many green elements that went into the building’s design and construction. 

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The Buzz

Watch: Wildlife Official Rescues Owl Stuck in Barbed Wire Fence

12/12/2019

A great horned owl in Colorado is getting a second lease on life thanks to the quick and careful work of a wildlife officer who was alerted to the bird of prey in distress.

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Birds Are Modern-Day Dinosaurs? Believe It!

12/12/2019

Despite what you learned in school many years ago, dinosaurs do still exist. The birds we see today are actually modern-day dinosaurs.

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