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Volunteer Spotlight: The Lewellens Are Living Our Area's Local History

Ken and Kathryn Lewellen are history buffs who have taken their interest to the next level, volunteering with the Isle a la Cache Brigade at the monthly "Living History Demonstrations" at Isle a la Cache Museum

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Improvements Coming to Schneider's Passage in Romeoville

The improvements will increase the number of parking spots from six to 30 at the heavily used trailhead for the  Centennial/Veterans Memorial trail in Romeoville.

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Monee Reservoir Visitor Center Reopens for the Season

Fishing won't resume on the site's 46-acre lake until the ice melts.

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Forest Preserve Shares 2019 Goals with Legislators

The Legislators' Breakfast drew state and federal officials who learned more about the District's land acquisition, grant funding and preservation objectives.

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Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Closes for Nesting Season

The site will close March 1-August 15 for general access and visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs.

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Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

Hiking and photographing birds at the preserve helped heal the scar left by the suicide of her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered mental and physical health issues for many years.

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Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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Kayak Rentals Coming to Whalon Lake

Paddling opportunities will expand this summer at the 80-acre lake in Bolingbrook as Naperville Kayak sets up shop Tuesday through Sunday.

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Spice Up Your Surroundings with Succulents

Include a bit of 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' in your home landscape by adding succulents to the mix.

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What You Need to Know About Coyote Mating Season

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

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Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

She's the latest addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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Become an Interpretive Aide or Event Volunteer

Interpretive aides present, organize and help develop educational and interpretive programs for school groups, youth groups and the public, while event volunteers provide assistance or a special skill at District events and/or programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Meyer Wears Many Hats in Giving Back to Community

When Ruth Meyer retired after more than 40 years as a hair dresser, she made it a goal to give back to her community through volunteering.

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Before and After: Freeing the Trees at Plum Creek Nature Center

In order to let the good things thrive, it's important to manage the landscape and remove the invasives.

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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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