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A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

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Forest Preserve debuts ‘Pop-Up Naturalist’ program

The Frog Lady will bring some of her 'cool' reptile friends to the first "Pop-Up" program at Theodore Marsh. 

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Forest Preserve District Earns Positive Financial Report

Highlights include bond repayment and a well-funded retiree health insurance fund.

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Here's the List of Wildflowers Blooming Right Now in the Preserves

There's a colorful explosion taking place across the county, so here's your guide to what is blooming where.

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Prepare Your Taste Buds for ‘Food Truck Fridays’

The 'Food Truck Fridays' June lineup is locked in and it features everything from barbecue to Bundt cakes.

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Photo frames encourage visitors to ‘Share the View’

Take a photo with the frame, share the shot on social media using the hashtag #sharetheview and tag the District to be entered into a monthly prize pool.

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Top 10 Reasons to use Native Plants

Stock up on native species during the 'Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale' to make your landcape easier to care for and more beneficial to wildlife.

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Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

The contest runs through December 31 and features bigger prizes for overall winners.

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Shorewood HUGS donates to Forest Preserve District for K-9 care

The annual "Hugs for Hounds" doggy Easter egg hunt generated $2,000 for the donation.

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Our New Twitter Account is for the Birds

We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.

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Follow safety guidelines for a safe preserve outing

Know which numbers to call and other safety practices before you visit a preserve or trail.

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Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

We have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of fishing line.

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Chicagoland Speedway, JULIE Inc. celebrate Earth Day with Forest Preserve tree donation

The native oaks were planted Friday on Earth Day weekend in front of the Sugar Creek Administration Center.

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Mokena woman chosen as Volunteer of the Year

Phyllis Schulte was honored for her 27 years as a volunteer and her stewardship of Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Sentinel Andrea Pletzke

Forest Preserve Volunteer Andrea Pletzke is so grateful that the District is saving open space for everyone to enjoy.

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Paddle Rock Run Rookery (Intermediate)

Paddle around the islands and inlets of Rock Run Rookery.

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Food Truck Friday at Whalon Lake

Food trucks are back for a second season. 

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The Buzz

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower


This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Stink on Skunks


If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned. 

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