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Save the Date for National Parks Quilt Exhibit

Starting in June, the Forest Preserve District will be the first in Illinois to host all 177 quilts that make up this centennial celebration of the National Parks Service.

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Volunteer for a Spring Workday

The Forest Preserve District's network of volunteers will be pitching in this spring to improve the preserves.

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Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

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Join Our Will County Wildlife Facebook Group

This new Facebook Group is aimed at making it easier for the public to share photos and videos of the amazing wildlife they come across in the preserves. 

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Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

The Forest Preserve Board will vote March 8 on an engineering contract that paves the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be developed.

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Preserve Police Pull Opossum Out of Predicament

A curious opossum that got its head stuck in a post opening at the Hammel Woods Dog Park was rescued Valentine's Day by Forest Preserve police Officer Mike Reilly.

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Partners honored for Volunteer Efforts

Xylem Inc. and the University of St. Francis receive 2017 Appreciation of Partners awards.

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Branching out with 'Free a Tree' tips

Clearing invasive species from the base of a tree can help the tree thrive and reproduce.

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DuPage River Trail extension under Route 52 in Shorewood opens

The new extension is part of a plan to extend the trail south through Shorewood to Channahon.

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Search for regal raptors at Forest Preserve’s ‘Eagle Watch on the River’ program

The program will run for two weekends, Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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Ice, ice baby: Q&A with 'Snow Day Fest' ice carver

Ice man Reynaldo Clemente will whip up a frozen work of art at Plum Creek Nature Center on January 20.

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Forest Preserve no longer accepts Christmas trees for recycling

But Will County Green has good tips for recycling a tree in your own backyard.

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2018 Picnic and Camping Permits go on Sale January 2

Permits can be purchased at one of four visitor centers.

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Safer Trail Connection Coming to Black Road Corridor in 2018

The IDOT project includes bridges over the DuPage River and I-55.

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Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A project that closed a stretch of the DuPage River Trail that loops around Whalon Lake is now complete.

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Flower Moon Hike

Join us on the night of the flower moon.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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The Buzz

Study Shows Squirrels Steal Half of Food Put in Bird Feeders


Squirrels can be relentless when it comes to stealing a meal.

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Dandy Dandelions: This 'Common Weed' has Many Benefits


Each spring, homeowners declare war on dandelions, pulling out all the stops to keep America’s most hated weed out of their yards and gardens. But is it a war worth waging? Should we just leave these plants be?

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