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Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Meyer Wears Many Hats in Giving Back to Community

When Ruth Meyer retired after more than 40 years as a hair dresser, she made it a goal to give back to her community through volunteering.

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Before and After: Freeing the Trees at Plum Creek Nature Center

In order to let the good things thrive, it's important to manage the landscape and remove the invasives.

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Q&A with 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' Curator

Art historian Adriana Zavala discusses the origins of the 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' exhibition opening at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

This is the 23rd consecutive year the District has received the award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

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Foundation Donation Supports Forest Preserve Nature and Arts Programming

The money will be used to support two traveling exhibits and a juried art show.

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Forest Preserve, City of Joliet Collaborate on Rock Run Greenway Trail Extension

Planned path improvements are part of a larger project to extend Hollywood/Houbolt Road south to Route 6 and across the Des Plaines River.

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Wedding Open House Helps Couples Plan Eco-Friendly Nuptials at Four Rivers

Learn more about booking a wedding at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, including tips on how to hold a greener affair, at open house on January 19.

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Nature Exploration Kits Provide A 'Bit of Fun In A Box'

Educational resource loan kits provide tools, books, specimens and learning guides on 11 nature topics.

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Naperville Woman’s Sunset Shot Shines with December Photo Contest Win

Nancy Havener turned to photography and nature as a way of getting through cancer treatments.

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Weber Family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

After a health scare two years ago, the Webers cherish their nature outings now more than ever before.

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Chill out and beat cabin fever at 2019 ‘Snow Day Festival’

This year's fest will feature characters from the movie "Frozen" and a new snowball fight arena.

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For Jeannie Golec, Volunteering is a True Learning Experience

Today, more than 15 years after starting her volunteer work, Jeanne Golec is still going strong, learning and growing as she goes.

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2019 Camping and Picnicking Permits Now on Sale

For the first time, camping and picnicking permits can be booked online.

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Get Outdoors This Winter to Preserve Your Physical and Mental Health

The Forest Preserve offers many winter recreation opportunities including sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and hiking.

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Summers Elected Forest Preserve Board President

During a reorganization meeting on Monday, December 10, the Board elected new officers and new committee chairs and vice chairs.

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Events

Taco Tuesday

Join us as we celebrate Taco Tuesdays in July. Our version of Taco Tuesdays will be an up-close chance to meet Taco, our ambassador Blanding’s turtle.

 

 

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Bring Your Own Boat: Touring Lake Chaminwood (Intermediate)

Bring your own kayak or canoe for a fun evening tour of Lake Chaminwood.

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The Buzz

The Shrimp Found In Illinois Waterways Aren't Like the Ones on Your Dinner Plate

7/12/2019

Shrimp in Illinois waterways? It's true, but these aren't the kind of crustaceans you'd order in a restaurant.

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The Buzz on Cicadas: How This Summer's Insects Are Different Than Their Famous 17-Year Relatives

7/12/2019

That buzz you hear coming from the trees in your yard is coming from cicadas, but not the type of the insect that emerges only every 17 years. These cicadas emerge every summer, alerting us to their presence with their well-known buzzing sound.

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