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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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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


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


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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