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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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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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Get the Most Out of Summer by Subscribing to Revamped 'Citizen' Newsletter

The updated version of the free weekly online newsletter offers valuable information about Forest Preserve programs and events, as well as interesting features about nature and history, all in an easy to read format.

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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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Forest Preserve District Earns Positive Financial Report

Highlights include bond repayment and a well-funded retiree health insurance fund.

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Here's the List of Wildflowers Blooming Right Now in the Preserves

There's a colorful explosion taking place across the county, so here's your guide to what is blooming where.

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Top 10 Reasons to use Native Plants

Stock up on native species during the 'Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale' to make your landcape easier to care for and more beneficial to wildlife.

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Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

The contest runs through December 31 and features bigger prizes for overall winners.

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Our New Twitter Account is for the Birds

We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.

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Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

We have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of fishing line.

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Chicagoland Speedway, JULIE Inc. celebrate Earth Day with Forest Preserve tree donation

The native oaks were planted Friday on Earth Day weekend in front of the Sugar Creek Administration Center.

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Mokena woman chosen as Volunteer of the Year

Phyllis Schulte was honored for her 27 years as a volunteer and her stewardship of Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Sentinel Andrea Pletzke

Forest Preserve Volunteer Andrea Pletzke is so grateful that the District is saving open space for everyone to enjoy.

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Save the date for the return of ‘Food Truck Fridays’

This summer's weekly nosh fest will feature more food, more trucks and more fun!

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Winter Campfire & Stroll

Welcome the winter season and spend a spell around a warm fire. 

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Stories in the Snow

Join us as we explore a (hopefully) wintry wonderland and investigate where our animal friends go when it gets cold.

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The Buzz

Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers


Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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Creature Feature: The Stunning Snowy Owl


Snowy owls are a prized find among bird-watchers, because the beautiful birds are a sight to behold set against a wintry backdrop.

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