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Food Truck Friday Prairie Bluff Preserve

6/22/2018: If you've never been to Prairie Bluff Preserve, this is the perfect excuse to head out here and do some exploring.

Food Truck Friday at Whalon Lake

6/15/2018: Come out to Whalon Lake for this installment of Food Truck Fridays.

Food Truck Friday at Hammel Woods

6/1/2018: Grab some grub at Hammel Woods in Shorewood.

Food Truck Friday at Hickory Creek

6/8/2018: Our popular Food Truck Fridays event makes a pit stop at Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

Food Truck Friday at Hickory Creek

7/13/2018: Our popular Food Truck Fridays event makes a pit stop at Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve.

Food Truck Friday at Hammel Woods

7/6/2018: Our popular Food Truck Fridays event makes a pit stop at Hammel Woods.

Save the date for the return of ‘Food Truck Fridays’

Save the date for an expanded 'Food Truck Fridays' program, which gets rolling June 1.

Food Truck Friday at Whalon Lake

7/20/2018: Come out to Whalon Lake for this installment of Food Truck Fridays.

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.

Gear up for fun, food and festivities in 2018

The Forest Preserve's lineup is chock-full of art, nature and history themed events.

District Moves Forward on Construction Projects

Work will begin at Hammel Woods and area trails and parking lots this fall.

Monee Reservoir

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities

Forest Preserve Offers Year-Round Camping

Five campgrounds are located near rivers, trails, woodlands and shopping.

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.

Veterans Woods – Roy F. Hassert Grove

The 77-acre Veterans Woods was acquired in 1966. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

'A Salamander Tale' draws all ages to Plum Creek

'A Salamander Tale' exhibit, which runs through May 31, is drawing visitors of all ages to Plum Creek Nature Center.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.

Runyon Preserve

Runyon Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

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.

Canoeing/Kayaking

The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.

Kankakee Sands Preserve Opens in Custer Township

The 555-acre preserve is located on the north side of Route 113, east of Route 53, in Custer Township.

Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

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.

Forest Preserve Board Approves 2018 Budget

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

Fishing

Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.

Camping

One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to pop a tent right in the middle of it! The Forest Preserve offers camping at five locations within Will County. Check out our primitive campsites and book your reservation today. A permit is required for use of all campsites.

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.

Forked Creek Preserve - Ballou Road Access

The 790-acre Forked Creek Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Youth Group Programs

Programs focusing on nature, environmental education, cultural history and recreation are offered at the Environmental Learning Center in Mokena, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Monee Reservoir in Monee Township.

Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

An 8-by-12 foot heron mural painted live in 2016 by Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson will tour four Forest Preserve sites this year.

In-School Programs

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Hammel Woods

Hammel Woods has two shelters available, located at the Crumby Recreation Area and Route 59 Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Rock Run Rookery Preserve

Rock Run Rookery Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Kayak Kollege (Beginner)

7/14/18: This workshop, led by United States Canoe Association certified instructors, introduces participants to the sport of kayaking.

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