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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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Board Hires Firm to Create Engineering Plan for Hammel Woods Dam Removal

Dam removal could take place once Phase II engineering is completed and a permit is approved by regulatory agencies.

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Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.

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Frankfort Resident's Painting Takes First in Juried Art Show

The winning painting, "Bluebells with Footbridge," was chosen from among 270 total entries in the "Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens" competition.

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Preserve The Moment Photo Contest Returns for 2019

The Preserve the Moment photo contest is back for a fourth consecutive year and it is the perfect way for you to share your love of nature and photography, and possibly win prizes.

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Boating Season Resumes on Forest Preserve Lakes

After a frigid winter on land, it's time to launch some boating and fishing fun.

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Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

There's more to a successful dog park outing than following a few basic rules. Experts warn people to train their dogs, assess their dog's personality and pay close attention to their dogs as they roam free in off-leash play areas.

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Sign Up for A Spring Volunteer Workday

Join the many volunteers who will be making a difference by clearing away invasive species and brush.

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Forest Preserve Partners Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mokena and the Pieces 'n Patches Quilt Guild in Steger both provided the Forest Preserve with volunteers in 2018.

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Immerse Yourself in a Fresh Water 'H2-WHOA!' Exhibit

This free interactive exhibit runs April 2-June 30 at Plum Creek Nature Center.

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Remembering Dick Thomas, 'A good guy and a treasure'

Thomas, who spent 24 years volunteering for the District before his death in December, will be honored this year by three nature organizations he assisted.

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District Police Take Plunge, Raise $2,250 for Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge at Leisure Lake in Joliet on Saturday lived up to its name, with chilly temperatures, brutal winds and even some icy spots on the water.

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Enjoy a Bounty of Bald Eagles on Our New Twitter Account

We like to give you guys what you want.

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Father's Appreciation Day: Monee Reservoir

Dad, for all your hard work this year, this day is for you.

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Take Me Fishing Promotion

This is the perfect opportunity to grab the family for some quality time out on the water at Monee Reservoir.

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The Buzz

It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You


We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

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'Zombie Snakes' Have Gone Viral, But They Aren't Dangerous To Humans


Zombie snakes on the loose? Not really. These snakes are just playing dead to protect themselves from predators, and they pose no risk to humans.

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