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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Tellef Keeps Watch on Horseback

Karen Tellef volunteers as a trail sentinel, keeping a watchful eye on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail while riding her horse, Raz.

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'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

More than 100 students from six high schools worked recently in the heat and humidity to remove invasive species and trash from two preserves. 

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Forest Preserve Rolls Out ‘Don’t be a Jerk’ Campaign

The multimedia effort will include videos, signs and social media posts urging people to pick up after their dog, properly dispose of cigarette butts and fishing line, share the trails and other preserve etiquette, pro-nature messages.

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Forest Preserve Earns National Award for Kankakee Sands Restoration

The award recognizes the District's multiyear effort to convert agricultural acreage back to prairie by planting native species and restoring the area's natural hydrology. 

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Naperville Bird-Watcher Plans 'Big Year' of Birding in Will County

Joe Devine has been watching birds since childhood, but now he's decided to record as many Will County bird sightings as possible in one year.

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Heron's Hunt Wins May Photo Contest

This blue heron's successful hunt of a northern water snake was captured by Eileen Capodice of Minooka.

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This Robin Would Be Alive Right Now if the Fishing Line Was Properly Disposed Of

This American robin couldn't escape fishing line it became entangled in earlier this week at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville.

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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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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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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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Events

Morning Bird Hike

This hike will highlight birds that live in the woodlands and fields of the preserve around the Plum Creek Nature Center.

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Green Tech Here and Now

Tour Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and learn about the many green elements that went into the building’s design and construction. 

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The Buzz

Watch: Wildlife Official Rescues Owl Stuck in Barbed Wire Fence

12/12/2019

A great horned owl in Colorado is getting a second lease on life thanks to the quick and careful work of a wildlife officer who was alerted to the bird of prey in distress.

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Birds Are Modern-Day Dinosaurs? Believe It!

12/12/2019

Despite what you learned in school many years ago, dinosaurs do still exist. The birds we see today are actually modern-day dinosaurs.

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