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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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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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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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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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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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Secrets to Fishing Success? For Some, It's Preparation H, Garlic and Moldy Cheese

Fishermen have been known to tuck everything from garlic to hemorrhoid cream in their tackle boxes.

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Volunteer Spotlight: From Bluebirds to Building Bridges, Bernie Twait Continues to Give Back

Bernie Twait has spent decades of his life volunteering, pursuing his own interests and hobbies as a way for him to also help better his community.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kenny's Extra Eyes and Ears for the District

Emily Kenny’s time spent volunteering with the Forest Preserve District has included so many different tasks that she’s become a familiar face to many employees, fellow volunteers and visitors over the past 18 years.

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Events

Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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Fall Family Campfire

Hear tall tales and sing songs by firelight while savoring the last moments of fall. 

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The Buzz

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

10/22/2019

Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

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Monarchs and Día de los Muertos: How To Attract These Winged Souls to Your Yard

10/21/2019

Monarchs are a popular symbol in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn what these butterflies symbolize and how you can attract them to your yard in the upcoming "Winged Souls & Milkweed" program.

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