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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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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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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 willyswilderness.org.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Rzepka, the 'Amateur Naturalist'

The Old Plank Road Trail was a decades-long project converting an old railway line to a recreational trail, and Mike Rzepka was there from the start.

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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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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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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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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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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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A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

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Events

Morning Bird Hike

This hike will highlight birds that live in the woodlands and fields of the preserve around the Plum Creek Nature Center.

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Green Tech Here and Now

Tour Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and learn about the many green elements that went into the building’s design and construction. 

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The Buzz

Watch: Wildlife Official Rescues Owl Stuck in Barbed Wire Fence

12/12/2019

A great horned owl in Colorado is getting a second lease on life thanks to the quick and careful work of a wildlife officer who was alerted to the bird of prey in distress.

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Birds Are Modern-Day Dinosaurs? Believe It!

12/12/2019

Despite what you learned in school many years ago, dinosaurs do still exist. The birds we see today are actually modern-day dinosaurs.

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