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No Gear? No Problem! District Now Offers Camping Equipment Rentals

The new program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at Forest Preserve campgrounds.

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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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Asphalt Work Scheduled for Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access

Contractors are scheduled to be working Friday, May 10, to asphalt a portion of trail near the preserve's dog park.

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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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Nature Foundation Presents Second 2019 Check to Forest Preserve

The money will support the Forest Preserve's nature education, arts and interpretation programs.

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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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Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.

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Preserve The Moment Photo Contest Returns for 2019

The Preserve the Moment photo contest is back for a fourth consecutive year and it is the perfect way for you to share your love of nature and photography, and possibly win prizes.

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Boating Season Resumes on Forest Preserve Lakes

After a frigid winter on land, it's time to launch some boating and fishing fun.

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Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

There's more to a successful dog park outing than following a few basic rules. Experts warn people to train their dogs, assess their dog's personality and pay close attention to their dogs as they roam free in off-leash play areas.

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Forest Preserve Partners Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mokena and the Pieces 'n Patches Quilt Guild in Steger both provided the Forest Preserve with volunteers in 2018.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

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Fall Family Campfire

Hear tall tales and sing songs by firelight while savoring the last moments of fall. 

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How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Coyotes


Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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Monarchs and Día de los Muertos: How To Attract These Winged Souls to Your Yard


Monarchs are a popular symbol in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn what these butterflies symbolize and how you can attract them to your yard in the upcoming "Winged Souls & Milkweed" program.

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