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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

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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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Go Wild for Wildlife with Our New Twitter Account

There can be a lot of noise and stressful things on social media these days, but we think we have the perfect antidote for it all: Calm, relaxing and cute wildlife photos.

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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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Groundbreaking Signals Next Phase of Normantown Trail Project

The latest trail addition will stretch 0.85 mile from 111th Street in Naperville to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield.

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2019 Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

The permits can be used at all five of the Forest Preserve District's off-leash dog parks.

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Lynn Kurczewski’s ‘Happy Place’: Goodenow Grove sled hill

Whether you're standing tall on the hill or rolling down it, it's a great place to spend some time creating memories.

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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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Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

Additional erosion control measures and lease flexibility changes begin in 2019.

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Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

This story is the first in a series of "Happy Place" tales from Forest Preserve employees and members of the public.

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Father's Appreciation Day: Monee Reservoir

Dad, for all your hard work this year, this day is for you.

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Take Me Fishing Promotion

This is the perfect opportunity to grab the family for some quality time out on the water at Monee Reservoir.

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The Buzz

It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You


We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

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'Zombie Snakes' Have Gone Viral, But They Aren't Dangerous To Humans


Zombie snakes on the loose? Not really. These snakes are just playing dead to protect themselves from predators, and they pose no risk to humans.

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