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Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years.

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Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

Additional erosion control measures and lease flexibility changes begin in 2019.

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Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

This story is the first in a series of "Happy Place" tales from Forest Preserve employees and members of the public.

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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

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Anglers Turn to Kooky Bait Concoctions to Land the Big Ones

Fishermen have been known to tuck everything from garlic to hemorrhoid cream in their tackle boxes.

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Become a Preserve Restoration or Interpreter Aide Volunteer

There are many ways to get involved as a Forest Preserve volunteer.

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Volunteer Spotlight: From Bluebirds to Building Bridges, Bernie Twait Continues to Give Back

Bernie Twait has spent decades of his life volunteering, pursuing his own interests and hobbies as a way for him to also help better his community.

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Annual Trail Trek Keeps Joliet Bicyclist on Track

William Udrow, 70, uses local trails to keep in shape and to connect him to his longer bicycle expeditions, which is just what Forest Preserve trail planners had in mind.

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ComEd, Openlands Grant will Improve Dragonfly Habitat

The grant will be used to enhance habitat for the federally-endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly and other pollinators at Prairie Bluff and Lockport Prairie preserves.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kenny's Extra Eyes and Ears for the District

Emily Kenny’s time spent volunteering with the Forest Preserve District has included so many different tasks that she’s become a familiar face to many employees, fellow volunteers and visitors over the past 18 years.

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Get Up Close and Personal with Vernon Kleen, Illinois' Master Hummingbird Bander

Vernon Kleen's lifelong passion helps engage other people in the often fascinating world of birds through his work as a bird bander at hummingbird festivals throughout the state.

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Aquatic Restoration Project Takes Root at Two Preserves

This multimillion-dollar, 700-acre restoration project at Prarie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Preserve District.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

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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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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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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Migratory Bird Hike

Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

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The Buzz

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

4/23/2019

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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Creature Feature: The Crafty Killdeer

4/22/2019

One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats. 

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