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Slow Your Roll to Help Keep Turtles Safe This Spring

Not only are more people going to be out and about on the trails, but so will turtles during nesting season.

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Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

The large painting, which was created in 2016 for the Forest Preserve by graffiti/mural artist Ryan "ARCY" Christenson, will be viewable from May 1 through September 2.

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Plan Your Spring and Summer with 'The Weekly Five'

This email blast will keep you up to date on upcoming programs and events.

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Volunteers Needed at Monee Reservoir

Individuals are needed to assist the public during fishing and boating programs at Monee Reservoir. 

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Chevron donates $1,000 to Forest Preserve District

A donation by Chevron Environmental Management Co. will be used to plant trees at Forest Preserve access areas.

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Celebrate Earth Day with these volunteer opportunities

Pick up trash, help remove invasive species or recycle your bicycle during Earth Day week activities.

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Asian carp demonstration shows how state is taking 'the fight to the fish'

Local, state and federal officials gathered at the Forest Preserve District's Rock Run Rookery Preserve to see how commercial fishermen are using nets to catch the invasive species.

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Asian carp harvesting exhibition scheduled for Monday at Rock Run Rookery

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Bill Foster will attend the exhibition, which kicks off four days of Asian carp harvesting and sampling in the area.

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Rescued Pelican's Injuries Too Serious to Recover

The bird was injured when it became tangled in discarded fishing line at McKinley Woods.

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Lake Renwick bird viewing programs take flight in April

The heron rookery is a fascinating site that hosts a wide variety of birds.

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Forest Preserve Hosts Butterfly Monitor Training at Sugar Creek

Training is required for those who want to participate in Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network activities this summer.

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Save the Date for National Parks Quilt Exhibit

Starting in June, the Forest Preserve District will be the first in Illinois to host all 177 quilts that make up this centennial celebration of the National Parks Service.

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Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

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Join Our Will County Wildlife Facebook Group

This new Facebook Group is aimed at making it easier for the public to share photos and videos of the amazing wildlife they come across in the preserves. 

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Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

The Forest Preserve Board will vote March 8 on an engineering contract that paves the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be developed.

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Kayak Kollege (Beginner)

This workshop, led by United States Canoe Association certified instructors, introduces participants to the sport of kayaking.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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The Buzz

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower


This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

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The Stink on Skunks


If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned. 

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