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Join Our Will County Wildlife Facebook Group

This new Facebook Group is aimed at making it easier for the public to share photos and videos of the amazing wildlife they come across in the preserves. 

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Birthday Bridge for Old Plank Road Trail

The new bridge over Interstate 80 in New Lenox is up and running, and the old bridge has been removed just in time for the path’s 20th anniversary.

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Forest Preserve Team Takes on Trail Assessment

A team of employees will hit the trails to gather valuable information for trail users.

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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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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead


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


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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