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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 24th consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Massive Restoration Project Underway at Goodenow Grove

The work will make the site more hospitable to Species of Greatest Conservation Need by removing invasive plants, stopping erosion and protecting the trees and ponds creatures need to flourish. 

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2020 Picnic and Camping Permits Now on Sale

Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve visitor centers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Bike Club Donation Will Pay for Repair Stations

The two repair stations will assist bicyclists who have mechanical issues while riding the Forest Preserve's trails. 

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Earin Land’s 'Happy Place': Melting Away the Pounds and the Past on the Wauponsee

The latest installment of the Forest Preserve District's "Happy Place" series features a retired Will County Sheriff's Police sergeant who made riding a bike on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail a key part of his retirement plan. 

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Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The schedule features art, nature, history and food offerings ranging from eagle and pelican events to the return of the popular 'Food Truck Fridays' and 'Woods Walk.'

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'Astonishing' Work at Hadley Valley Earns Excellence in Ecological Restoration Accreditation

The Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program accreditation was announced recently by Chicago Wilderness. 

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Forest Preserve Board Approves $25 Million Capital Plan

The bond funds will be used to improve preserves and facilities and allow for additional land acquisition. 

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Turtle Hit by Car in Morris Lives on Through Hatchlings

While the mother turtle did not survive, three of her eggs did and one hatchling, named M3, is being cared for by the Forest Preserve District of Will County as part of a regional Blanding's turtle recovery program. 

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Forest Preserve Serves as Forensic Entomology Classroom for Law Enforcement

The two-day workshop provided area law enforcement with instructions on using insects in death investigations.

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Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The preserve was one of Shapiro's favorite places to take her ill mother so she could get out of the house and enjoy nature. 

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Rock Run Rookery ‘Hot Spot’ Serves as Demonstration Site for Asian Carp Harvest

More than 50 members of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus took a bus ride from their annual meeting in Chicago to Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet to learn more about the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. 

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'Don't Be A Jerk' Campaign Takes to the Water

While jerks out in the preserves can cause a number of problems for normal, everyday visitors, jerks on the water can be even more problematic.

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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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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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Forest Fitness: Kayaking (Zoom webinar)

Learn techniques and the benefits of using local bodies of water for your recreation and fitness journey! 

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Riverview Farmstead Tour Live!

Learn about northern Will County's farming history and the three generations of the Clow family and their successful efforts to grow “Riverview” into a commercial farm. 

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Quiz: Can You Ace This River Otter Quiz?


Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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Do You Have Bats Living Nearby? State Researchers Want To Know


If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois. 

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