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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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In a Preserve When Severe Weather Strikes? Here's What to Do

Severe weather can strike at any time. Here's what you need to know to be prepared if you're spending time outdoors.

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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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No Gear? No Problem! District Now Offers Camping Equipment Rentals

The new program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at Forest Preserve campgrounds.

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Whalon Lake’s New Kayak Rental Program Has Launched

Kayaks will be available for rental from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the 80-acre lake through Labor Day.

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Hook a Prize During 'Big Fish Contest' at Monee Reservoir

The annual contest has been expanded from a one-day adult fishing derby to a three-month biggest fish contest that will run from June 1-August 31.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Animals Are the Attraction for These Kids

For the Swift family, caring for the animals at Plum Creek Nature Center taught them new skills they can now use at home.

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Asphalt Work Scheduled for Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access

Contractors are scheduled to be working Friday, May 10, to asphalt a portion of trail near the preserve's dog park.

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Old Plank Road Trail Included in Great American Rail-Trail Route

The 3,700-mile Great American Rail-Trail route was announced Wednesday, May 8, by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy organization.

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Spring Scene Wins April Portion of Photo Contest

The stand of trees in Rock Run Preserve were photographed by Joliet resident Kevin Kuchler.

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Follow These Tips for Safe Paddling and Boating Excursions

Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place.

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Childhood Spent Outdoors Serves as Inspiration for Volunteer of the Year

Longtime Forest Preserve District volunteer Richard Wachenheim was honored as the volunteer of the year at the District's annual volunteer banquet. 

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TGIF! – Gear Up for the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'

The popular summer food truck series will roll into four preserves on a rotating basis from June 7 through August 23.  

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Nature Foundation Presents Second 2019 Check to Forest Preserve

The money will support the Forest Preserve's nature education, arts and interpretation programs.

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Heirloom Seeds Now Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

The seeds date back to a simpler time, but they also may be the answer to future food needs.

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Volunteer Workday: Sugar Creek Administration Center

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, and meet fellow nature-lovers.

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Bring Your Own Boat: Touring the Confluence (Intermediate)

Bring your own kayak or canoe for a fun evening tour of the confluence of the Des Plaines and DuPage rivers with an interpretive naturalist. 

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The Buzz

Rare White Cardinal Caught on Camera in New Lenox


Here's something you don't see every day.

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Creature Feature: The Loud and Imposing Red-Tailed Hawk


That hawk soaring overhead or perched atop a light pole is probably a red-tailed hawk. Learn more about these high-flying birds.

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