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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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Volunteering Leads to New Passion for Carrie Rock

Carrie Rock's interest in Native American culture first drew her to volunteering with the Forest Preserve District more than two decades ago.

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Army Corps, State Contribute $591,000 for Restoration Efforts

The infusion of funds will accelerate efforts to return forest preserve acreage to its natural state.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Rita Renwick Teaches Others About Her Passion for Nature

Rita Renwick has a last name that’s familiar to many in the Plainfield area. The long-time volunteer even worked as part of the group to preserve the Lake Renwick area and its rookery, but she isn’t related to the family that once owned the property that is now the preserve.

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Woodchuck Mascot Branches Out with New Website

Kids of all ages can discover more about nature and the world around them by visiting willyswilderness.org.

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Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

The award recognizes the Forest Preserve's enhanced social media and website offerings, which have drastically increased public engagement.

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A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

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Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

We have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of fishing line.

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers (Canceled)

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

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Nature Play Day (Canceled)

You and your child may participate in a hike, story, game, dancing or playing.

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The Buzz

Things We Love: Those Fiercely Protective Crappies

4/7/2020

Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish. 

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Things We Love: Those Rascally Raccoons

4/7/2020

Raccoons have a well-earned reputation for being trash bandits, but they deserve our respect too. 

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