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Naperville Woman’s Sunset Shot Shines with December Photo Contest Win

Nancy Havener turned to photography and nature as a way of getting through cancer treatments.

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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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Chill out and beat cabin fever at 2019 ‘Snow Day Festival’

This year's fest will feature characters from the movie "Frozen" and a new snowball fight arena.

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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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2019 Camping and Picnicking Permits Now on Sale

For the first time, camping and picnicking permits can be booked online.

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Get Outdoors This Winter to Preserve Your Physical and Mental Health

The Forest Preserve offers many winter recreation opportunities including sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skating and hiking.

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Summers Elected Forest Preserve Board President

During a reorganization meeting on Monday, December 10, the Board elected new officers and new committee chairs and vice chairs.

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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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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

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Forest Preserve District Unveils 2019 Lineup of Special Events

The year kicks off with 'Snow Day Fest' and a Frida Kahlo exhibit in January.

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Forest Preserve Board Approves 2019 Budget

The balanced budget features money for maintenance and improvements and a lower tax rate.

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Plum Valley Preserve Access Area and Dog Park is Now Open

The access area also features a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 people.

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Fitness in the Forest

Get off the couch and shed the extra winter weight in an outdoor fitness class.

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Turtles Rock

Celebrate World Turtle Day by painting turtle-inspired kindness rocks.

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The Buzz

Could A Vaccine Save Bats From White-Nose Syndrome? A New Study Shows Promise


Researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent bat deaths from white-nose syndrome, an illness decimating bat populations in much of the United States.

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The Plight of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee


The rusty patched bumble bee is the first bee in the continental United States to be listed as endangered. Here's why that's important.

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