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Fishing Line Killed This Robin at Monee Reservoir; It Shouldn't Have

It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves and it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.

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Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway 

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences. 

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Keep Your Distance: COVID-19 Info Signs Installed

Preserves and trails are open, but the Forest Preserve's new informational signs encourage everyone to spread COVID-19 prevention tips – not the germs. 

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Forest Preserve Hits 22,000-acre Milestone with Crete and Wheatland Township Acquisitions

The latest purchases will improve the quality of life for the District's residents and protect land for future generations, while contributing to clean air, clean water and habitat for wildlife. 

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2020 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway

The contest is open to amateur photographers over the age of 18 and photos must be taken in a Forest Preserve District of Will County site; social distancing and other health guidelines must be adhered to as well.

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Dog Park Calendar Raises Nearly $6,000 For Humane Society

The Forest Preserve's 2020 dog park calendar highlighted pups that visit the District's six dog parks and animals rescued by the Humane Society, which is Will County's oldest no-kill shelter. 

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Lewis University Receives Forest Preserve Partnership Award

The Forest Preserve's partnership award recognizes the school's ongoing assistance with preserve restoration, shoreline cleanup, District programming and more. 

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See How 'Nature Takes Flight' In Second Annual Juried Art Show

The 'Nature Takes Flight Juried Art Competition' includes 55 artworks that will be on display at Plum Creek Nature Center from March 3 through April 3. 

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Coyotes More Likely to Protect Their Turf During Mating, Pupping Seasons

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near, so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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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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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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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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Bicycle Care Workshop

Learn how to properly maintain your bicycle on your own and the simple things you can do to prolong your bike's life.

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Pedal the Prairie: Sugar Creek Preserve

Join the Forest Preserve staff as we pedal through the beautiful trails of Will County.

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The Buzz

Watch Your Step: Stink Bugs Are Making Their Way Indoors


With summer-like temperatures behind us, it's the time of year when stink bugs start making their way into our homes. Resist the urge to stomp on or squish them or you'll quickly learn how these insects got their name.

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Quiz: Are You A Monarch Master?


Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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