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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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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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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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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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Plan Your Spring and Summer with 'The Weekly Five'

This email blast will keep you up to date on upcoming programs and events.

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Chevron donates $1,000 to Forest Preserve District

A donation by Chevron Environmental Management Co. will be used to plant trees at Forest Preserve access areas.

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Celebrate Earth Day with these volunteer opportunities

Pick up trash, help remove invasive species or recycle your bicycle during Earth Day week activities.

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Asian carp demonstration shows how state is taking 'the fight to the fish'

Local, state and federal officials gathered at the Forest Preserve District's Rock Run Rookery Preserve to see how commercial fishermen are using nets to catch the invasive species.

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Rescued Pelican's Injuries Too Serious to Recover

The bird was injured when it became tangled in discarded fishing line at McKinley Woods.

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Forest Preserve Hosts Butterfly Monitor Training at Sugar Creek

Training is required for those who want to participate in Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network activities this summer.

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Events

Frida Kahlo's Garden: Botany & Art in Conservation

Discover why illustrations are best for representing specific details and how they help students of botany learn plant structures.

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Saturday in the Garden: JJC Student Group Latinos Unidos

During this program, participate in some hands-on Frida Kahlo inspired arts and crafts with Latinos Unidos.

 

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The Buzz

Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead

2/19/2019

Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

2/19/2019

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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