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Boating Season Resumes on Forest Preserve Lakes

After a frigid winter on land, it's time to launch some boating and fishing fun.

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Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

There's more to a successful dog park outing than following a few basic rules. Experts warn people to train their dogs, assess their dog's personality and pay close attention to their dogs as they roam free in off-leash play areas.

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Forest Preserve Partners Recognized for Volunteer Efforts

St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mokena and the Pieces 'n Patches Quilt Guild in Steger both provided the Forest Preserve with volunteers in 2018.

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District Police Take Plunge, Raise $2,250 for Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge at Leisure Lake in Joliet on Saturday lived up to its name, with chilly temperatures, brutal winds and even some icy spots on the water.

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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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Enjoy a Bounty of Bald Eagles on Our New Twitter Account

We like to give you guys what you want.

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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, 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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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Riverview Farmstead by Lantern

Discover three generations of the Clow family and their “riverview” farmstead by lantern, just as they would have seen it on dark November nights.

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The Buzz

5 Reasons To Hit the Trails on National Hiking Day

11/14/2019

National Take a Hike Day is November 17 and there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of all of the good you can get from a hike.

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How To Keep The Birds Visiting Your Yard All Winter Long

11/12/2019

The days have become noticeably colder and shorter, and food supplies have become more scarce for many birds. But you can keep birds visiting your yard all year long by providing the right foods.

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