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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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Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

The award recognizes the Forest Preserve's enhanced social media and website offerings, which have drastically increased public engagement.

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For Joan Fasanella, Volunteering Sparked New Career Path

Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.

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A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

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Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

We have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of fishing line.

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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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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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Events

Fishing for Trash

Visit Monee Reservoir and help keep our preserve free of trash.

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Wednesday Morning Walkers

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

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The Buzz

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

6/14/2019

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

6/11/2019

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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