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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kenny's Extra Eyes and Ears for the District

Emily Kenny’s time spent volunteering with the Forest Preserve District has included so many different tasks that she’s become a familiar face to many employees, fellow volunteers and visitors over the past 18 years.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Vernon Kleen, Illinois' Master Hummingbird Bander

Vernon Kleen's lifelong passion helps engage other people in the often fascinating world of birds through his work as a bird bander at hummingbird festivals throughout the state.

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‘Woods Walk’ Exploration Program is in Full Swing

This popular self-paced pedestrian program encourages participants to get outside and explore the preserves.

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Enter Your Photos for August's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Will you be the one to snap the next award-winning shot in our incredibly popular photo contest?

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Illinois Bicentennial Passports Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

Pick up a passport, get it stamped at the museum and see all that Isle a la Cache has to offer before journeying on to one of 55 other bicentennial stops.

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Veterans Woods Reopens Following Improvement Project

Picnic permitting has resumed at Veterans Woods now that the improvements have been completed.

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Aquatic Restoration Project Takes Root at Two Preserves

This multimillion-dollar, 700-acre restoration project at Prarie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Preserve District.

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Wagon Bridge Reopens on I&M Canal Trail

Repair work to replace the I&M Canal Trail bridge's support beams is now done.

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Romeoville Man's Heron Photo Wins July Portion of Photo Contest

The bird with a funky Elvis-like hairdo was photographed resting on a branch at McKinley Woods by Romeoville resident Mark Hanna.

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Monee Reservoir: A Staycation Haven

Whether you're an angler, boater, hiker, photographer or a family looking for an affordable staycation, the preserve has something to offer.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

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Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

The award recognizes the Forest Preserve's enhanced social media and website offerings, which have drastically increased public engagement.

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Colorful Mural Installed at Isle a la Cache Chapeau Shop

The artwork depicts life during the 18th-century French fur trade era and the popularity of beaver felt top hats.

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Enter Your Photos for July's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Between wildlife and wildflowers, we're in a sweet spot for getting stellar photos to enter in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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For Joan Fasanella, Volunteering Sparked New Career Path

Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.

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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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Volunteer Workday: Sugar Creek Preserve

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?


See if you can ace the test.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin


These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities. 

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