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  • Visitors at Four Rivers participate in an interpretive program.

    ‘This place is so cool!’: Four Rivers embraces visitors of all abilities 


    A recent visit by a group from Little Friends in Warrenville highlighted just how welcoming the Forest Preserve's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is to all people, regardless of abilities. The site is now nationally accredited for inclusivity, which means all are welcome and all can participate. 

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  • An exterior view of Hidden Oaks Nature Center

    Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be closed for renovation for most of 2024 starting Feb. 19


    Hidden Oaks Nature Center is getting a major makeover. Extensive renovations and improvements will require the nature center to be closed for much of 2024 starting Feb. 19. The preserve will close periodically for some outdoor renovation work, as needed. The projects will not affect Hidden Lakes Trout Farm. 

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  • A wedding couple embracing by a river.

    Shopping for a wedding venue? Check out Four Rivers Environmental Education Center


    Four Rivers Environmental Education Center features an eco-friendly venue for weddings and events. The popular site includes reception space, indoor and outdoor ceremony options, staff to assist with bookings and vendors, and beautiful scenery for photos.  

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  • Two men hold an award.

    Sand Ridge Savanna restoration effort earns Chicago Wilderness award


    Extensive, multiyear restoration efforts at the Forest Preserve District's Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve have earned an "Excellence in Ecological Restoration" award from Chicago Wilderness. The District received the award on Jan. 17 at a “Celebration of Conservation” banquet at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. 

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  • Winter, spring, summer and fall are shown in this collage.

    Join the 2024 Take It Outside Challenge, which comes with a twist


    It's time to get in gear, Goosechasers, because the 2024 Take It Outside Challenge has begun. This year's challenge will be offered in four seasonal competitions. 

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  • A collage of participants in the Take It Outside challenge

    Meet the Take It Outside Challenge winners who completed all 501 missions


    The inaugural Take It Outside Challenge concluded Dec. 31 with multiple winners and stories detailing how the challenge improved lives and introduced hundreds of people to Forest Preserve District sites and activities they never knew existed. 

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  • Annette Parker and Meta Mueller

    Parker takes over as Forest Preserve Board president


    Annette Parker of Crest Hill took over as president of the Forest Preserve Board in December. She will serve a one-year term. She succeeds Meta Mueller of Aurora. 

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  • Plum Creek Greenway Trail

    Making connections: Forest Preserve's countywide trail network continues to grow


    The Forest Preserve's operations committee took action recently that will pave the way for more trail projects as the District works to connect and extend the countywide trail system. 

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  • A person snowshoeing.

    Don't hibernate, recreate this winter!


    The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of recreational opportunities in winter including hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. With more than 135 miles of trails, 40 preserves, two sled hills and six dog parks, there are many ways to stay active. 

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  • A woman in a wheelchair looks at an interpretive sign.

    Four Rivers receives National Inclusion Project’s first-ever nature center accreditation


    The National Inclusion Project’s first nature center accreditation in the country has been awarded to the Forest Preserve District’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Months in the making, the accreditation shows Four Rivers is a facility where all visitors, regardless of ability-level, can participate. 

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First Time Fishing

5/23/2024 5:30 PM

Learn rod-and-reel fishing basics, safety and ethics plus try some shoreline fishing for yourself in this program for beginners. 

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Flower Moon Hike

5/23/2024 7:30 PM

Join us around the night of the full flower moon as we listen for nocturnal animals on a hike through Thorn Creek Woods.

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The Buzz

Quiz: Test your beaver brainpower


We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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Nature curiosity: Why does grass look greener after a storm?


It's not just rain that helps keep your grass green. Lightning plays a role too. 

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Quiz: How smart are you about salamanders?


Take this quiz to see how much you know about the salamanders that can be found in Will County.

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