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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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Volunteer Spotlight: John Nerron Travels Back in Time

John Nerren is part of the Isle a la Cache Brigade, a group of volunteer re-enactors who conduct demonstrations of what life was like for 18th-century fur traders who once lived in our area.

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Anglers Turn to Kooky Bait Concoctions to Land the Big Ones

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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Annual Trail Trek Keeps Joliet Bicyclist on Track

William Udrow, 70, uses local trails to keep in shape and to connect him to his longer bicycle expeditions, which is just what Forest Preserve trail planners had in mind.

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ComEd, Openlands Grant will Improve Dragonfly Habitat

The grant will be used to enhance habitat for the federally-endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly and other pollinators at Prairie Bluff and Lockport Prairie preserves.

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

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Volunteer Workday: Sugar Creek Administration Center

Contribute to your community, support your local environment, and meet fellow nature-lovers.

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Bring Your Own Boat: Touring the Confluence (Intermediate)

Bring your own kayak or canoe for a fun evening tour of the confluence of the Des Plaines and DuPage rivers with an interpretive naturalist. 

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The Buzz

Rare White Cardinal Caught on Camera in New Lenox


Here's something you don't see every day.

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Creature Feature: The Loud and Imposing Red-Tailed Hawk


That hawk soaring overhead or perched atop a light pole is probably a red-tailed hawk. Learn more about these high-flying birds.

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