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Forest Preserve, City of Joliet Collaborate on Rock Run Greenway Trail Extension

Planned path improvements are part of a larger project to extend Hollywood/Houbolt Road south to Route 6 and across the Des Plaines River.

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Wedding Open House Helps Couples Plan Eco-Friendly Nuptials at Four Rivers

Learn more about booking a wedding at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, including tips on how to hold a greener affair, at open house on January 19.

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Nature Exploration Kits Provide A 'Bit of Fun In A Box'

Educational resource loan kits provide tools, books, specimens and learning guides on 11 nature topics.

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Naperville Woman’s Sunset Shot Shines with December Photo Contest Win

Nancy Havener turned to photography and nature as a way of getting through cancer treatments.

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Weber Family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

After a health scare two years ago, the Webers cherish their nature outings now more than ever before.

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Chill out and beat cabin fever at 2019 ‘Snow Day Festival’

This year's fest will feature characters from the movie "Frozen" and a new snowball fight arena.

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For Jeannie Golec, Volunteering is a True Learning Experience

Today, more than 15 years after starting her volunteer work, Jeanne Golec is still going strong, learning and growing as she goes.

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2019 Camping and Picnicking Permits Now on Sale

For the first time, camping and picnicking permits can be booked online.

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Get Outdoors This Winter to Preserve Your Physical and Mental Health

The Forest Preserve offers many winter recreation opportunities including sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and hiking.

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Ward Off Winter Blues with Volunteer Workdays

Sign up for a volunteer workday to help improve the preserves and to reap the benefits of getting outside during winter.

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Forest Preserve Saves $905,000 with Bond Refunding

The refunding of $10 million in bonds was made possible by the District's Aa1 credit rating.

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Summers Elected Forest Preserve Board President

During a reorganization meeting on Monday, December 10, the Board elected new officers and new committee chairs and vice chairs.

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Do Not Disturb: Eagle Watching Tips and Guidelines

As smaller bodies of water begin to freeze, the open waters of larger rivers attract eagles wintering in the Midwest. But take care to not disturb the birds as you attempt to watch or photograph these amazing creatures.

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Volunteering Leads to New Passion for Carrie Rock

Carrie Rock's interest in Native American culture first drew her to volunteering with the Forest Preserve District more than two decades ago.

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Buy ‘Green’ Gifts – And Edible Bugs – at Plum Creek Nature Center

The newly revamped gift shop now features items from environmentally friendly and fair trade companies.

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Migratory Bird Hike

Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

4/23/2019

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

4/22/2019

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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