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  • Volunteers James and Marilyn Evans pose for a photo

    Volunteer valentines: cherishing time outdoors together


    In honor of Valentine's Day, meet three couples who volunteer for the Forest Preserve District. Learn how volunteering provides them with quality time outdoors and a special kind of 'our time.' 

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  • Man in black coat stands along trail with river in the background.

    Walking the Des Plaines: One man’s quest to navigate his hometown river


    A Forest Park man attempting to walk the length of the Des Plaines has been amazed by the size of the river in Will County. His quest has taken him from the river's origin in Wisconsin to its confluence near McKinley Woods in Channahon.

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  • Image of phone featuring Goosechase app and sign in background

    Go on a wild goose chase with our Take It Outside app challenge


    As part of the Forest Preserve District's Take It Outside campaign, the app challenge will have you traversing the county and hiking trails, while earning points with each completed mission.

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    'Take It Outside' campaign launched to spark your trek into nature


    A yearlong campaign called 'Take It Outside' is designed to entice you to get back to nature or to discover it for the first time. Look for a special smart phone challenge coming later this month and a focus on showcasing the various preserves and recreation activities throughout the seasons.

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    Hey bird nerds! Sign up for our new Flock and Feather digital newsletter


    Now is the time of year when people make resolutions and, this year, ours is to keep finding new ways to connect with the public and share our love of nature.

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    Four Rivers hosts yearlong celebration of color


    Learn the language of color by attending a Rivers of Color program at Four Rivers this year. The series culminates in the fall with a 'Golden Opportunities' traveling exhibit from Denver Botanic Gardens. 

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  • Two men and a child get ready to fish

    Forest Preserve surpasses 23,000-acre mark with 2022 acquisitions


    Four acquisitions pushed the Forest Preserve over the 23,000-acre mark in 2022. Land acquisitions will continue in 2023 with the $3 million that is left in a land preservation program fund. 

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  • A bald eagle flies overhead with nesting material.

    Save the dates: Forest Preserve announces 2023 event, exhibition schedule


    The Forest Preserve's 2023 event and exhibition schedule starts off with Eagle Watch in January and continues with food trucks, hummingbird and pelican events; and exhibitions on movement in America, fly fishing tackle and the science behind the color yellow. 

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  • Aerial view of Lake Chaminwood

    Forest Preserve Board approves balanced 2023 budget


    The Forest Preserve District's 2023 budget is balanced and its tax rate will drop 6.46% next year. The spending plan includes money for operations, maintenance and preserve improvement projects. 

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  • Red-spotted sunfish in a tank

    Something fishy is going on at Four Rivers


    A dozen state-threatened redspotted sunfish have been added to a 'gorgeous' new 2,000-gallon aquarium at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. The fish ambassadors will educate visitors about the plight of threatened and endangered fish species in Illinois. 

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Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby

9/23/2023 7:00 AM

Calling all anglers! Come on out to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and try your hand at fishing in our Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby.

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Volunteer Morning: Hickory Creek — LaPorte Road Access

9/23/2023 8:00 AM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s volunteer mornings.

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The Buzz

Five fast facts about easy-to-miss praying mantises


Praying mantises are among the largest insects we see, but that doesn't mean they are easy to find. Learn more about these insects that stand out at blending in.

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When a weed is something more: Milkweed vital for many species


Have you heard the buzz about monarchs and milkweed? Monarchs are far from the only animals that rely on milkweed.

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Preserves We Love: O'Hara Woods, for delivering nature's gifts


Interpretive naturalist Sara Russell tells us why she loves O'Hara Woods Preserve.

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