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Give Eagles Wide Berth When Out in the Preserves

If you attend an eagle-viewing program this year or attempt to see or photograph them on your own, remember to give these amazing creatures wide berth so you do not disturb their turf.

You're Probably Using Too Much Salt to Deice Your Driveway

Before throwing salt all over your driveway and sidewalks, make sure you know how it works and how to use it properly so it doesn't harm the environment.

Four Rivers Now Open With Expanded Hours and Programming

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is now functioning as a visitor center with regular public hours.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology.

Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.

Quiz: Are You a Bald Eagle Expert?

Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.

Forest Preserve Board Approves $25 Million Capital Plan

The Forest Preserve District's Board of Commissioners approved a $25 million capital plan at its November 14 meeting.

Volunteer for a Winter Workday

The winter volunteer workday lineup includes a Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

The 891-acre Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve was acquired between 1938 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres

Nature Curiosity: How Do Animals See in the Dark?

Each night as darkness falls, we begin to wind down our day, eventually settling in for sleep. For many animals, however, these same cues that signal the end of our day mean it’s time to start theirs.

Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Meyer Wears Many Hats in Giving Back to Community

When Ruth Meyer retired after more than 40 years as a hair dresser, she made it a goal to give back to her community through volunteering.

Volunteer Spotlight: Rita Renwick Teaches Others About Her Passion for Nature

Rita Renwick has a last name that’s familiar to many in the Plainfield area. The long-time volunteer even worked as part of the group to preserve the Lake Renwick area and its rookery, but she isn’t related to the family that once owned the property that is now the preserve.

Little Explorers: Chipmunks

3/11/2020: This is a great opportunity for parents and children to meet in a natural setting to exchange ideas and get to know each other.

For Jeannie Golec, Volunteering is a True Learning Experience

Today, more than 15 years after starting her volunteer work, Jeanne Golec is still going strong, learning and growing as she goes.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is located at 25055 W. Walnut Lane, off of Blackberry Lane south of Bridge Street, in Channahon.

Sunbathing Snake Snares December Photo Contest Win

A Manhattan resident's photo of a sunbathing snake won December's portion of the 2019 photo contest, which concluded December 31.

Childhood Spent Outdoors Serves as Inspiration for Volunteer of the Year

Longtime Forest Preserve District volunteer Richard Wachenheim was honored as the volunteer of the year at the District's annual volunteer banquet.

Winter Owl Offerings Provide Plenty of Hikes and Hoots

If you give a hoot about owls, check out this owl-oriented program lineup.

It's a Bald Eagle Bonanza at Rock Run Rookery

While Starved Rock State Park in Utica is often a go-to spot for those fascinated by America's bird, Rock Run Rookery Preserve has been providing more than a suitable alternative closer to home.

Volunteer Spotlight: For The Schroeders, Volunteering Is a Family Affair

For the father-and-sons Schroeder trio, volunteering is something they enjoy doing together. They have volunteered in many capacities through the years, but as co-stewards of Hickory Creek Junction, their restoration work at the preserve is what they are most proud of.

Volunteer Workday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/20/2020: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, and meet fellow nature-lovers.

What You Need to Know About Coyote Mating Season

Learn what you should do if you come across a coyote in a preserve, especially during the upcoming mating and pupping seasons.

Doe-Eyed Deer Wins October's Photo Contest

October's winning photo of a deer nestled in fall foliage at Rock Run Rookery Preserve will vie for overall honors once the photo contest concludes on December 31.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.

Owl Hike for Families

1/24/2020: Learn a little about owls and then head outdoors to try to find this magical and elusive bird.

It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You

We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

Romeoville Man's Snail Snapshot Wins August's Portion of Photo Contest

August contest winner will compete with eight other monthly finalists for overall honors after the photo contest concludes on December 31.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), east of Route 53, in Romeoville.


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

Green Dragon Plant: An Uncommon Plant with a Misleading Name

The name of the green dragon plant conjures up some fantastical images, but in reality you have to have quite an imagination to see the plant's resemblance to a fictitious reptile.

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.

How To Keep The Birds Visiting Your Yard All Winter Long

The days have become noticeably colder and shorter, and food supplies have become more scarce for many birds. But you can keep birds visiting your yard all year long by providing the right foods.

Bee a Beekeeper!: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

2/18/2020: This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know to become a successful beekeeper.

Runyon Preserve

The 21-acre Runyon Preserve was acquired between 1934 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Fiddyment Creek preservation system, which conserves nearly 300 acres.

Plum Valley Preserve

The 455-acre Plum Valley Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2000. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.

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