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  • 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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  • A bolt of lightning striking the ground in the distance.

    Nature curiosity: Why does grass look greener after a storm?


    It's not just rain that helps keep your grass green. Lightning plays a role too. 

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  • Quiz: How smart are you about salamanders?


    Take this quiz to see how much you know about the salamanders that can be found in Will County.

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  • A cicada on a wall molts from its shell.

    Quiz: Test your cicada IQ


    How much do you know about cicadas? Test your knowledge on this 10-question quiz.

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  • A northern flicker sitting in the branches of a crabapple tree dusted with snow.

    The best trees to plant to attract winter wildlife


    When planning your spring plantings, consider incorporating trees that will be a draw for wildlife in the winter too.

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  • A side-by-side comparison of a European robin and an American robin both perched on tree branches.

    What's the difference?: American robin vs. European robin


    The robins we are so familiar with are called robins because they reminded early European settlers of the robins they were familiar with from their home countries.

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  • A cicada on a green leaf.

    If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em: How to cook with cicadas


    Billions or even trillions of cicadas are about to emerge after about 17 years underground, and you may be wondering what will happen to the bounty of bugs. Many animals will feast on the bugs, and you can safely sample them too.

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  • A person standing against a wooden fence with trees in the background.

    Meet the recreation coordinator: Em Wilcher wants to help you connect with nature


    Meet Em Wilcher, the Forest Preserve District's recreation coordinator. 

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  • A green lawn dotted with dandelions.

    Give the lawn mower a rest in May. Do it for the bees.


    Participating in No Mow May isn't just a way to cut down on your yardwork for a month. You'll be helping bees and other essential insects too.

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  • Can you identify these 15 birds? Take the test to find out


    Birding can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be tricky to get those identifications right.

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Trio of teen summer programs will include hiking and kayaking


Teenagers are invited to sign up for three summer programs that are designed specifically for them. Two Teen Connection programs and one kayaking program will be offered in July and August. Teens can connect with others and try something new. 

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Pollinator Party on June 15 offers free, family-friendly fun


The 2024 Pollinator Party on June 15 at Isle a la Cache in Romeoville will offer free, family-friendly activities including an obstacle course, food trucks, face painting, an insect safari, vendors and more. Buzz on by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate pollinators and the essential role they play in our lives. 

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