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  • A snapping turtle that was hit by a car.

    Frankfort snapping turtle crushed by vehicle; motorists urged to slow down


    A snapping turtle was run over by a vehicle recently and left for dead near a Frankfort subdivision. Motorists are being encouraged to slow down and watch for turtles in the road to avoid hitting them, especially during nesting season. 

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  • Two women and their sons pose for a photo at a pond overlook.

    Mothers join Take It Outside Challenge on their quest to keep their sons moving and learning


    Two Will County moms are having fun completing nature-themed missions as part of the Forest Preserve District's Take It Outside Challenge. But they've also joined the challenge as a way to provide activities for their adult disabled sons who have aged out of the school system.

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  • A diver in a wet suit cleans a 2,000-gallon aquarium.

    Diving into her work: aquarium technician keeps Four Rivers' tank in tiptop shape


    Once a month, Sommer Brosio lowers herself into the 2,000-gallon aquarium at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center to vacuum up waste and scrub the interior. The tank, which features 45 river fish, is a popular new attraction at the visitor center. 

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  • From left: Forest Preserve Board President Meta Mueller, volunteer Kim Shehorn, and Forest Preserve Executive Director Ralph Schultz.

    Enthusiastic, encouraging, efficient: Kim Shehorn named Volunteer of the Year


    Kim Shehorn of Frankfort was named the 2022 Volunteer of the Year during the Forest Preserve's annual volunteer banquet on April 12. The banquet celebrated 39 years of the District's formal volunteer program. 

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  • An aerial view of the I&M Canal shows the canal as well as surrounding area.

    From ‘cultural relic to recreational resource,’ I&M Canal anniversary marks 175 years


    The Forest Preserve District is celebrating the 175th anniversary of the I&M Canal, which runs through or adjacent to several preserves and provides a path for cultural preservation and recreational opportunities. 

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  • Participants take selfies as part of the Take It Outside Challenge.

    Take It Outside Challenge pushing people to 'get out and do something'


    Rob Gowens and Samantha Eberhardt are among more than 1,000 people who are participating in the yearlong Take It Outside Challenge. Gowens was looking for something to do in retirement, and Eberhardt is having a blast completing missions with her husband and four children. 

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  • A woman sorts through fishing line that has been collected for recycling.

    Fishing line recycling program protects wildlife from injuries and death


    Fishing line collected in the Forest Preserve's monofilament recycling program in 2022 is on its way to a recycling company to be turned into new products. Removing the line from nature protects wildlife from being harmed or killed after becoming entangled. 

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  • The quiet space at Four Rivers.

    Quiet space at Four Rivers comforts those with sensory processing needs


    Four Rivers Environmental Education Center has created a quiet space for those with sensory processing needs. The goal is to remove all barriers for visitors and to make everyone feel welcome at the visitor center.  

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  • The Bartling family (left) and Black family are enjoying exploring the preserves as part of the Take It Outside Challenge.

    Families tackling Take It Outside Challenge to bond … and win!


    Parents and their children have jumped on the yearlong Take It Outside Challenge bandwagon. They're competing together and bonding over shared experiences in nature. 

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  • Valuables left in plain sight inside a parked vehicle

    Keep safety in mind as you visit the preserves


    The Forest Preserve District is reminding visitors to keep safety in mind as they venture out into the preserves to enjoy the milder weather we've been experiencing. Keep valuables locked away, or leave them at home. And travel on trails with a partner whenever possible. 

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Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby

9/23/2023 7:00 AM

Calling all anglers! Come on out to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and try your hand at fishing in our Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby.

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Volunteer Morning: Hickory Creek — LaPorte Road Access

9/23/2023 8:00 AM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s volunteer mornings.

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The Buzz

Five fast facts about easy-to-miss praying mantises


Praying mantises are among the largest insects we see, but that doesn't mean they are easy to find. Learn more about these insects that stand out at blending in.

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When a weed is something more: Milkweed vital for many species


Have you heard the buzz about monarchs and milkweed? Monarchs are far from the only animals that rely on milkweed.

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Preserves We Love: O'Hara Woods, for delivering nature's gifts


Interpretive naturalist Sara Russell tells us why she loves O'Hara Woods Preserve.

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