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Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

The large painting, which was created in 2016 for the Forest Preserve by graffiti/mural artist Ryan "ARCY" Christenson, will be viewable from May 1 through September 2.

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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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Lake Renwick bird viewing programs take flight in April

The heron rookery is a fascinating site that hosts a wide variety of birds.

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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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Save the Date for National Parks Quilt Exhibit

Starting in June, the Forest Preserve District will be the first in Illinois to host all 177 quilts that make up this centennial celebration of the National Parks Service.

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Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

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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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Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

The Forest Preserve Board will vote March 8 on an engineering contract that paves the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be developed.

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Preserve Police Pull Opossum Out of Predicament

A curious opossum that got its head stuck in a post opening at the Hammel Woods Dog Park was rescued Valentine's Day by Forest Preserve police Officer Mike Reilly.

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Branching out with 'Free a Tree' tips

Clearing invasive species from the base of a tree can help the tree thrive and reproduce.

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Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A project that closed a stretch of the DuPage River Trail that loops around Whalon Lake is now complete.

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Winter Campfire & Stroll

Welcome the winter season and spend a spell around a warm fire. 

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Stories in the Snow

Join us as we explore a (hopefully) wintry wonderland and investigate where our animal friends go when it gets cold.

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The Buzz

Quiz: Test Your Beaver Brainpower


We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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Have Your Christmas Lights Been Cut? Blame These Troublemakers


Almost nothing kills the holiday spirit quite like looking out your window to find that the Christmas lights you spent hours hanging outside are no longer lighting up the winter night.

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