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November Photo Contest Takes Shape: Finding Structures in Nature

The November portion of the photo contest highlights man-made items in the preserves.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Use this upload tool to enter the annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

2018 dog park permits go on sale November 1

Dog park permits for 2018 can be purchased in person, by mail or – for the first time – online.

Forest Preserve Board Approves 2018 Budget

Forest Preserve's 2018 balanced budget includes shelter and trail improvements.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Returns

Get ready to grab your camera and head for the woods, because the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment Photo Contest runs through the end of 2017.

Kankakee Sands Preserve – Route 113 Access

The Route 113 Access project consists of creating an access area and trail at Kankakee Sands Preserve.

Plum Creek Nature Center

The Plum Creek Nature Center offers visitors a place to explore the natural world, with hands-on exhibits and interactive play elements.

June Photo Contest Winner Chosen

A photo of a black-eyed Susan at Lake Chaminwood Preserve stood out among the entries in the wildflower portion of the contest.

Whalon Lake

The 249-acre Whalon Lake was acquired between 1992 and 2007. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Picnicking

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.

Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access Development

The Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access Development project is planned to be a three-phase development of Plum Valley Preserve in Crete Township.

Shaggy shroom wins September's fungus photo contest

The picture, which resembles a woman's bonnet perched on a pedestal, was snapped at Hadley Valley Preserve.

Forest Preserve Receives PetSafe Grant

A $10,000 PetSafe grant will be used for improvements to the Hammel Woods Dog Park.

Enter Your Sunset Photos for July's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

The Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is in full swing, and we want your entries for the July portion of the contest.

Photo Contest is Great Way to Help Us Show Off Fall Colors

If things go as planned, there will be plenty of color popping up across the county in the coming weeks for the October portion of the Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

Birthday Bridge for Old Plank Road Trail

The new Old Plank Road Trail (OPRT) Bridge over Interstate 80 in New Lenox is up and running, and the old bridge has been removed just in time for the path’s 20th anniversary.

Hunters Woods

The 43-acre Hunters Woods was acquired between 1973 and 1975. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access

The 320-acre Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Volunteers Needed for January's 'Snow Day Festival'

The District is seeking volunteers to help out at its upcoming 'Snow Day Festival' at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Little Explorers

1/10/2018: A variety of hands-on activities are offered and may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor activities and more.

Dog Park and Preserve Access Projects Delayed

Plum Valley Dog Park and Kankakee Sands access area will open later than originally estimated.

What You Need to Know About 'Zombie Dogs'

So far there appear to be no reports of sick coyotes in Will County. But it’s good to be aware of what is happening in case the contagious disease spreads to coyotes in the region.

Plum Creek Nature Center

Plum Creek Nature Center is located at 27064 S. Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road, in Crete Township near Beecher.

Homepage

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is a government organization in Illinois focusing on land preservation and restoration, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.

Volunteer

The very special members of our community who share their time with us are known as Prairie People Volunteers.

Monee Reservoir

The 248-acre Monee Reservoir was acquired between 1982 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

Boating

The Forest Preserve offers fishing boat launches and rowboat rentals at select preserves. Fishing boat launches provide trailer parking, and there is no launch fee.

Rock Run Preserve – Paul V. Nichols Access

The 320-acre Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Biking

Throughout Will County, the Forest Preserve District has provided paved and limestone screened trails that are ideal for biking. Whether you are seeking a leisurely ride or a serious workout, a trail is available and it is likely close to home.

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