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Quilt show wraps up to rave reviews

The 'Inspired by the National Parks' quilt exhibition attracted 5,500 people to four Forest Preserve visitor centers that hosted177 art quilts.

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Discounted dog park permits now on sale

The half-price permits went on sale July 1 and will be available through October 31.

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Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

Lemont resident Mike Daley's photo of the elusive mammal is now a finalist for overall prizes, which will be determined after the Preserve the Moment photo contest ends in December.

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Waste-free lunch program reduces field trip garbage

Students who attend field trips at Plum Creek Nature Center are taught how to minimize their lunch garbage by recycling, reusing and composting.

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Traffic Alert Issued for Sugar Creek Quilt Show Visitors

Prepare for possible road congestion in Joliet as you attempt to view the national parks quilt exhibition.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.

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

There's never been a better time to hit the trails and snap some stunning photographs.

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Forest Preserve Police Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Several members of the Forest Preserve's police department participated in the recent Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser.

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Fiddyment Creek Pact Enlarges Preserve, Provides Trail Seed Money

The agreement with Homer Glen will fill in a preserve gap and allow the District to apply for federal grants for a new phase of Veterans Memorial Trail.

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Two birds in the bush win May's portion of photo contest

The action shot of cedar waxwings playing tug of war with a bit of vegetation was deemed the best of more than 150 entries.

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DuPage River Trail segment linking Will and DuPage counties is now open

A newly constructed 1.25-mile section of the DuPage River Trail that connects Whalon Lake preserve in Will County to Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County is now open.

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Taco is tops in turtle naming contest

The female turtle ambassador will now preside over Isle a la Cache Museum's Blanding's turtle education program.

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IDNR Cuts Water Usage Stamp Requirement for Non-Powered Watercraft

Water stamps won't be needed after June 1 for kayaks, canoes, rafts and tubes.

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Forest Preserve improvement projects rolling along

A wide variety of work will begin or be completed this year leading to new trail segments, picnic shelters, benches and more.

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Get the Most Out of Summer by Subscribing to Revamped 'Citizen' Newsletter

The updated version of the free weekly online newsletter offers valuable information about Forest Preserve programs and events, as well as interesting features about nature and history, all in an easy to read format.

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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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The Buzz

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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