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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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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 willyswilderness.org.

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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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Therapy Dog Permit Fund Established with Sheet Metal Workers' Donation

Free dog park permits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to therapy dogs that are affiliated with Will County not-for-profit organizations.

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Events

Bring Your Own Boat: Touring the Confluence (Intermediate)

Bring your own kayak or canoe for a fun evening tour of the confluence of the Des Plaines and DuPage rivers with an interpretive naturalist. 

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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The Buzz

Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

8/20/2019

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

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Rare White Cardinal Caught on Camera in New Lenox

8/19/2019

Here's something you don't see every day.

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