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Naperville man charged in Old Plank Road Trail incident

A Forest Preserve District of Will County Police investigation has resulted in an aggravated battery charge being filed against William P. Sitton, 23, of Naperville, for a May incident on the Old Plank Road Trail.

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Penny slithers past Xena in snake-naming effort

The snake was recently acquired as a rescue animal after the nature center’s previous ball python, Bud, passed away.

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Kick-start your winter workouts

Forest Preserve paths are open year-round for all kinds of fun activities.

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Forest Preserve Board Approves 2018 Budget

The spending plan includes shelter and trail upgrades and additions.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Bill and Jackie Kibler

The Forest Preserve is incredibly fortunate to have volunteers like Bill and Jackie Kibler. 

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Remembering Snake Ambassador Bud

The ball python snake educated thousands of visitors in his 10 years with the District.

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2018 dog park permits go on sale November 1

The permits are good at all five Forest Preserve dog parks.

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Gear up for fun, food and festivities in 2018

The Forest Preserve's lineup is chock-full of art, nature and history themed events.

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Forest Preserve police officers raise funds for Special Olympics

"We get so much more out of it than we give."

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Roost with a view

Eagle Scouts install three bat houses at Kankakee Sands Preserve.

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Bat lovers sought for monitoring program

Volunteers will survey three preserves with bat detectors in spring 2018.

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Bike recycling program nets record number of donations

The bikes will be refurbished and donated to those in need by Working Bikes.

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Foundation donates $5,000 to Forest Preserve

The money will be used for three traveling exhibits in 2018.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

The District is receiving the award for the 22nd consecutive year.

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Forest Preserve Board OKs Permit Discount for Veterans, Military

The action will reduce the price of a dog park permit by $10 starting in 2018.

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Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

See the dazzling spectacle of herons, egrets and cormorants! 

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Pond Safari

Join us to see what lives in and around the pond that is attached to the Des Plaines River at Isle a la Cache preserve.

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The Buzz

Dandy Dandelions: This 'Common Weed' has Many Benefits


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?

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Squirrel 'Came in Like a Wrecking Ball,' Immediately Regretted It


There's no shortage of videos featuring these furry little critters taking a spin on squirrel-proof feeders, but this one is particularly entertaining.

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