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  • Snakes aren't the only legless reptiles slithering across Will County. Meet the slender glass lizard

    6/14/2022

    Legless reptiles are snakes, right? Not always. The slender glass lizard is one of many legless lizards in the world, and it lives right here in Will County.

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  • Moles are perfectly suited for their underground lifestyle

    6/13/2022

    Eastern moles live secret lives right below our feet, and just because we don't see them doesn't mean we don't know they are around.

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  • It's lightning bug season, so be on the lookout for these incredible creatures

    6/13/2022

    Catching lightning bugs is a summer rite of passage. But do you know how these bugs light up? Or why?

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  • All our food waste contributes to climate change, but composting can help

    6/3/2022

    Americans waste a lot of food every year — as much as 40% of the food supply. All that food waste contributes to climate change when it makes its way to landfills, but you can do your part at home to cut down on this waste by composting your food scraps.

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  • Five things about those boisterous bullfrogs

    6/2/2022

    The biggest frog in Illinois, the American bullfrog, is a pretty common sight along the water's edge, so take the opportunity to learn more about them.

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  • In spring, vernal pools are teeming with life

    5/26/2022

    Vernal pools are temporary waterways that are teeming with life in spring, but our way of life threatens their existence. 

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  • Nature curiosity: Can it really rain cats and dogs?

    5/20/2022

    It can't really rain cats and dogs, but it's not for the reason you may think.

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  • Snap pics of butterflies you see to contribute to global citizen science project

    5/19/2022

    You can snap shots of butterflies to contribute to a global citizen science effort to raise awareness of declining butterfly populations.

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  • Quiz: Are you an expert on six-lined racerunners?

    5/18/2022

    Find out with this 10-question quiz.

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  • Midewin bison herd welcomes new addition

    5/16/2022

    The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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Current Headlines

Half-price dog park permits go on sale July 1

6/30/2022

Half-price permits will be available for purchase online, by mail or in person at one of four visitor centers. The permits can be used at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2022.

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Fourth of July Holiday Closures

6/30/2022

All Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed July 4 for the Independence Day holiday; all preserves will remain open. 

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