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  • Two men and a child get ready to fish

    Forest Preserve surpasses 23,000-acre mark with 2022 acquisitions


    Four acquisitions pushed the Forest Preserve over the 23,000-acre mark in 2022. Land acquisitions will continue in 2023 with the $3 million that is left in a land preservation program fund. 

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  • Aerial view of Lake Chaminwood

    Forest Preserve Board approves balanced 2023 budget


    The Forest Preserve District's 2023 budget is balanced and its tax rate will drop 6.46% next year. The spending plan includes money for operations, maintenance and preserve improvement projects. 

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  • Red-spotted sunfish in a tank

    Something fishy is going on at Four Rivers


    A dozen state-threatened redspotted sunfish have been added to a 'gorgeous' new 2,000-gallon aquarium at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. The fish ambassadors will educate visitors about the plight of threatened and endangered fish species in Illinois. 

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  • Rev. Adrian Heath at Rock Run Greenway Trail

    The Preserves Are for You: Leading others into nature, one step at a time


    The Rev. Adrian Heath grew up on the east side of Joliet where his recreational outings were held mostly indoors. He now leads a ministry that offers free nature outings in area preserves. It's his way of helping others find the peace that nature offers. 

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  • Man in wheelchair on trail with his daughter

    The Preserves Are for You: Dad's love of outdoor recreation shows 'anything is possible'


    Born with a tumor on his spine and paralyzed since he was eight months old, Bill Bogdan of Mokena is extremely active in adaptive sports and loves nature. His lifetime of exploring the preserves, especially Hickory Creek Preserve near his home, has inspired his daughter, Hannah, to seek a career in adaptive outdoor recreation. 

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  • Aerial view of Hadley Valley

    Creating connections: trail enhancements in the works for 2022 and beyond


    Improvements are coming to the Forest Preserve District's extensive trail system. Some of the work will take place this year, and other projects are part of long-range plans with multiple partners. 

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  • Aerial view of Plum Valley Preserve

    Lasting legacy: Forest Preserve grows by more than 1,500 acres


    Some of the land was purchased, some donated and some was transferred from the state.

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  • Image of Compass newsletter

    Renamed and refreshed: Compass newsletter will help you navigate nature


    The Forest Preserve District's newsletter, The Citizen, which debuted 40 years ago, has a new name, a refreshed look and a new mix of content that is designed to inform, entertain, inspire and educate readers. You can subscribe to The Compass with a click of a mouse to receive this weekly digital publication in your email inbox. Current subscribers to The Citizen do not need to sign up a second time to receive The Compass.

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  • Bald eagle soaring with nesting material

    Are you seeing bald eagles in the preserves? Give them some space


    If you go eagle watching this year, remember to keep your distance so as not to disturb these amazing creatures. If a bird is reacting to you, then you are too close. 

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  • Aerial view of dam removal at Hammel Woods

    When the river wall came down: Video chronicles Hammel Woods Dam removal


    A video titled, "The Dam Project at Hammel Woods" is now available for viewing on the District's YouTube page. The video chronicles the dam removal process and explains why it was necessary and how it was done. 

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BYOB Bingo

6/12/2024 6:00 PM

Let’s socialize while playing bingo outdoors in the beautiful setting of Hickory Creek Preserve!

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Teacher Appreciation

6/13/2024 10:00 AM

Teachers, before the workload of a new school year begins, come enjoy a revitalizing day at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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The Buzz

Quiz: Are you an expert on opossums?


Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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New tick sighting in Illinois a reminder to be vigilant


An invasive tick called the Asian longhorned tick has been discovered for the first time in Illinois.

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Quiz: Are you a monarch master?


Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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