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For Joan Fasanella, Volunteering Sparked New Career Path

Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.

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Play area for small dogs opens at Hammel Woods

The 2.3-acre area is reserved for canines weighing 35 pounds or less.

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Quilt show wraps up to rave reviews

The 'Inspired by the National Parks' quilt exhibition attracted 5,500 people to four Forest Preserve visitor centers that hosted177 art quilts.

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Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

Lemont resident Mike Daley's photo of the elusive mammal is now a finalist for overall prizes, which will be determined after the Preserve the Moment photo contest ends in December.

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Waste-free lunch program reduces field trip garbage

Students who attend field trips at Plum Creek Nature Center are taught how to minimize their lunch garbage by recycling, reusing and composting.

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Traffic Alert Issued for Sugar Creek Quilt Show Visitors

Prepare for possible road congestion in Joliet as you attempt to view the national parks quilt exhibition.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.

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Enter Your Photos for June's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

There's never been a better time to hit the trails and snap some stunning photographs.

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Forest Preserve Police Raise Funds for Special Olympics

Several members of the Forest Preserve's police department participated in the recent Cop on a Rooftop fundraiser.

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Fiddyment Creek Pact Enlarges Preserve, Provides Trail Seed Money

The agreement with Homer Glen will fill in a preserve gap and allow the District to apply for federal grants for a new phase of Veterans Memorial Trail.

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Two birds in the bush win May's portion of photo contest

The action shot of cedar waxwings playing tug of war with a bit of vegetation was deemed the best of more than 150 entries.

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DuPage River Trail segment linking Will and DuPage counties is now open

A newly constructed 1.25-mile section of the DuPage River Trail that connects Whalon Lake preserve in Will County to Greene Valley Forest Preserve in DuPage County is now open.

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Taco is tops in turtle naming contest

The female turtle ambassador will now preside over Isle a la Cache Museum's Blanding's turtle education program.

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IDNR Cuts Water Usage Stamp Requirement for Non-Powered Watercraft

Water stamps won't be needed after June 1 for kayaks, canoes, rafts and tubes.

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Forest Preserve improvement projects rolling along

A wide variety of work will begin or be completed this year leading to new trail segments, picnic shelters, benches and more.

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Volunteer Workday: Hickory Creek Brightway Access

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

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The Buzz

Creature Feature: The Big, Colorful Wild Turkey

11/16/2018

Most of us think of turkey as the star of the Thanksgiving table, but these birds live among us too, right in our own forests and prairies. 

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The Leonid Meteor Shower is Coming This Weekend and Here's What You Need to Know

11/15/2018

It may be cold outside, but this weekend you may want to bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and settle in by a warm fire to watch the show overhead in the nighttime sky.

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