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  • Cyclist on a the Old Plank Road Trail

    Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘good for the soul'

    4/10/2019

    In the past four years alone, Greg Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

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  • Dogs at a dog park

    Beyond the rules: A guide to dog park etiquette

    3/25/2019

    There's more to a successful dog park outing than following a few basic rules. Experts warn people to train their dogs, assess their dog's personality and pay close attention to their dogs as they roam free in off-leash play areas.

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  • Woman on a trail

    Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

    2/22/2019

    For Barb Parisi, hiking and photographing birds at McKinley Woods helped heal the scar left by the suicide of her father, a Vietnam veteran who suffered mental and physical health issues for many years.

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  • Mother and son on a trail

    Weber family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

    12/28/2018

    After a health scare two years ago, the Webers cherish their nature outings now more than ever before.

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  • Aerial view of Braidwood Dunes

    Army Corps, state contribute $591,000 for restoration efforts

    11/27/2018

    The infusion of funds will accelerate efforts to return forest preserve acreage to its natural state.

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  • Woodchuck mascot in the forest

    Woodchuck mascot branches out with new website

    11/16/2018

    Kids of all ages can discover more about nature and the world around them by visiting willyswilderness.org.

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  • Dog walking on a trail

    A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

    5/18/2018

    Follow these rules to protect your dog and the preserves.

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  • Dead egret hanging from a branch

    Heartbreaking egret photo another reminder of dangers of improperly disposed of fishing line

    4/23/2018

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

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Events

WonderKids: Seed Need!

3/7/2024 10:00 AM

Calling all families with preschoolers! Join us for a hands-on program designed for your little one. This month, we will learn all about seeds.

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Campfire Sing-along and Hike

3/8/2024 6:30 PM

Explore the sights and sounds of Messenger Woods with a night hike then gather around the campfire for singing and s'mores.

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The Buzz

Migration watch: Sandhill cranes are heading north, so keep your eyes and ears peeled

3/1/2024

It's peak migration season for sandhill cranes, so don't be surprised if you hear their loud, bugling call overhead.

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Two words perfectly describe red-winged blackbirds: Feisty and familiar

2/29/2024

Several birds are known for their aggressive behavior, but perhaps none as much as the red-winged blackbird, a bird that isn't afraid to pick on creatures much larger than itself. 

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In March, we welcome spring and later sunsets

2/27/2024

March 19 brings with it the arrival of spring, but even before that we can enjoy later sunsets when daylight saving time begins on March 10.

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