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Volunteer Spotlight: The Lewellens Are Living Our Area's Local History

Ken and Kathryn Lewellen are history buffs who have taken their interest to the next level, volunteering with the Isle a la Cache Brigade at the monthly "Living History Demonstrations" at Isle a la Cache Museum

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Improvements Coming to Schneider's Passage in Romeoville

The improvements will increase the number of parking spots from six to 30 at the heavily used trailhead for the  Centennial/Veterans Memorial trail in Romeoville.

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Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

Hiking and photographing birds at the preserve helped heal the scar left by the suicide of her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered mental and physical health issues for many years.

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Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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What You Need to Know About Coyote Mating Season

Coyote mating and pupping seasons are near so it's important to take steps to prevent potential conflicts.

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Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

She's the latest addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Not Disturb: Eagle Watching Tips and Guidelines

As smaller bodies of water begin to freeze, the open waters of larger rivers attract eagles wintering in the Midwest. But take care to not disturb the birds as you attempt to watch or photograph these amazing creatures.

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Autumnal Equinox Campfire

Celebrate the coming of fall in a beautiful forest preserve. 

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The Buzz

Quiz: Are You Savvy About Queen Snakes?

9/17/2019

Can you ace this 10-question quiz?

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Monarch Migration is in Full Swing at Midewin, and Here's the Visual Proof

9/16/2019

The number of monarchs roosting each evening is quite impressive.

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