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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Rzepka, the 'Amateur Naturalist'

The Old Plank Road Trail was a decades-long project converting an old railway line to a recreational trail, and Mike Rzepka was there from the start.

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Groundbreaking Signals Next Phase of Normantown Trail Project

The latest trail addition will stretch 0.85 mile from 111th Street in Naperville to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield.

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2019 Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

The permits can be used at all five of the Forest Preserve District's off-leash dog parks.

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Lynn Kurczewski’s ‘Happy Place’: Goodenow Grove sled hill

Whether you're standing tall on the hill or rolling down it, it's a great place to spend some time creating memories.

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Public Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

The latest path addition will stretch from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield.

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Camping Gear Rental Program Coming in Spring 2019

The 'No Gear, No Problem' program is designed to make it easier for campers to put down stakes at a Forest Preserve campground.

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70 Bikes Donated During 'Recycle Your Bicycle'

The bikes will be rehabilitated by Chicago-based Working Bikes and given to those in need of a mode of transportation.

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Bid Approved, Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

Action taken by the Forest Preserve Board will pave the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be built.

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Winter preparations begin

Drinking fountains will be turned off starting October 15, and concessions at Monee Reservoir and boat launches throughout the District will close for the season on November 1.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years.

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Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

Additional erosion control measures and lease flexibility changes begin in 2019.

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Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

This story is the first in a series of "Happy Place" tales from Forest Preserve employees and members of the public.

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

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Anglers Turn to Kooky Bait Concoctions to Land the Big Ones

Fishermen have been known to tuck everything from garlic to hemorrhoid cream in their tackle boxes.

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Service and schedule changes coming to Monee Reservoir

Dog park permits and camping permits will no longer be available from this site, and picnic permits for only Monee Reservoir's shelters and grove will be issued at the visitor center, which will close earlier this winter on December 1.

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Events

Frida Kahlo's Garden: Botany & Art in Conservation

Discover why illustrations are best for representing specific details and how they help students of botany learn plant structures.

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Saturday in the Garden: JJC Student Group Latinos Unidos

During this program, participate in some hands-on Frida Kahlo inspired arts and crafts with Latinos Unidos.

 

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The Buzz

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/19/2019

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

2/19/2019

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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