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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'


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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  • Dog walking on a trail

    A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve


    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


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

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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


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


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


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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