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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Tellef Keeps Watch on Horseback

Karen Tellef volunteers as a trail sentinel, keeping a watchful eye on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail while riding her horse, Raz.

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'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

More than 100 students from six high schools worked recently in the heat and humidity to remove invasive species and trash from two preserves. 

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Forest Preserve Rolls Out ‘Don’t be a Jerk’ Campaign

The multimedia effort will include videos, signs and social media posts urging people to pick up after their dog, properly dispose of cigarette butts and fishing line, share the trails and other preserve etiquette, pro-nature messages.

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Naperville Bird-Watcher Plans 'Big Year' of Birding in Will County

Joe Devine has been watching birds since childhood, but now he's decided to record as many Will County bird sightings as possible in one year.

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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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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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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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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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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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Owl Hike for Families

Learn a little about owls and then head outdoors to try to find this magical and elusive bird.

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Lichens and Mosses

Come enjoy a winter morning learning about hardy lichens and mosses. 

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The Buzz

Quiz: What's Your Gray Squirrel IQ?


Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Woolly Bear Caterpillars Freeze to Death?


Woolly bear caterpillars can't predict how bad winter will be, but they do have a pretty cool way to survive even the coldest of temperatures.

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