The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. Left and right arrows move across top level links and expand / close menus in sub levels. Up and Down arrows will open main level menus and toggle through sub tier links. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items.

Current Headlines

Featured News

All News

Save the Date for National Parks Quilt Exhibit

Starting in June, the Forest Preserve District will be the first in Illinois to host all 177 quilts that make up this centennial celebration of the National Parks Service.

Read More

Volunteer for a Spring Workday

The Forest Preserve District's network of volunteers will be pitching in this spring to improve the preserves.

Read More

Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

Read More

Join Our Will County Wildlife Facebook Group

This new Facebook Group is aimed at making it easier for the public to share photos and videos of the amazing wildlife they come across in the preserves. 

Read More

Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

The Forest Preserve Board will vote March 8 on an engineering contract that paves the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be developed.

Read More

Preserve Police Pull Opossum Out of Predicament

A curious opossum that got its head stuck in a post opening at the Hammel Woods Dog Park was rescued Valentine's Day by Forest Preserve police Officer Mike Reilly.

Read More

Partners honored for Volunteer Efforts

Xylem Inc. and the University of St. Francis receive 2017 Appreciation of Partners awards.

Read More

Branching out with 'Free a Tree' tips

Clearing invasive species from the base of a tree can help the tree thrive and reproduce.

Read More

DuPage River Trail extension under Route 52 in Shorewood opens

The new extension is part of a plan to extend the trail south through Shorewood to Channahon.

Read More

Search for regal raptors at Forest Preserve’s ‘Eagle Watch on the River’ program

The program will run for two weekends, Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

Read More

Ice, ice baby: Q&A with 'Snow Day Fest' ice carver

Ice man Reynaldo Clemente will whip up a frozen work of art at Plum Creek Nature Center on January 20.

Read More

Forest Preserve no longer accepts Christmas trees for recycling

But Will County Green has good tips for recycling a tree in your own backyard.

Read More

2018 Picnic and Camping Permits go on Sale January 2

Permits can be purchased at one of four visitor centers.

Read More

Safer Trail Connection Coming to Black Road Corridor in 2018

The IDOT project includes bridges over the DuPage River and I-55.

Read More

Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A project that closed a stretch of the DuPage River Trail that loops around Whalon Lake is now complete.

Read More

Events

Flower Moon Hike

Join us on the night of the flower moon.

Read More

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

Read More

The Buzz

Study Shows Squirrels Steal Half of Food Put in Bird Feeders

5/24/2018

Squirrels can be relentless when it comes to stealing a meal.

Read More


Dandy Dandelions: This 'Common Weed' has Many Benefits

5/22/2018

Each spring, homeowners declare war on dandelions, pulling out all the stops to keep America’s most hated weed out of their yards and gardens. But is it a war worth waging? Should we just leave these plants be?

Read More


The Citizen Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates