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Canoeing/Kayaking

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

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.

McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

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.

Munching Caterpillar Takes Top Honors

There was no shortage of great submissions in the August portion of the Preserve the Moment Photo Contest, but one shot clealry rose to the top.

This Month's Photo Contest Assignment: Fungus Among Us

There's all sorts of fungus popping up in the preserves, offering ample opportunities to take the perfect shot and submit it for the Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery

The Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center offers seasonal bird viewing opportunities for the public.

Fishing

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

Four Rivers Receives Donation from ONEOK

A $4,000 grant will be used for a new field trip program at Four Rivers.

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

The 441-acre Messenger Woods Nature Preserve was acquired between 1930 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Old Plank Road Trail

The 135-acre Old Plank Road Trail was acquired between 1992 and 2006.

Fifth Grade

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

Fall color display is on its way

It looks like mid-October could be the peak week for viewing the most intense colors in the forest preserves.

Potawatomi Woods Preserve

The 114-acre Potawatomi Woods Preserve was acquired in 2000. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

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

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

The 275-acre Wauponsee Glacial Trail was acquired between 2004 and 2016.

We're Opening Up the Options for August's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

In this month's portion of our annual photo contest, preserve visitors can submit photos containing any subject matter they like, as long as the photos are taken in one of the District's preserves.

Hikin’ With Your Hound

10/21/17: Meet new friends and other dog owners as we explore the landscape.

Preserve the Moment

Read the full rules of the annual photo contest before submitting photos.

Hickory Creek Preserve

Hickory Creek Preserve has three shelters available at Hickory Creek Junction and the LaPorte Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

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.

Fuzzy Flock Takes First in Photo Contest

A photo of five fuzzy ducklings wandering in the woods was the top wildlife photo in the May portion of the Forest Preserve District's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Forest Preserve Trades 'Fall Fest' for a Greater Focus on Local Nature

It's true that there's no 'Fall Fest' this year, but rest assured that Plum Creek Nature Center is still providing a wealth of programs and events for all to enjoy.

Trail bridge erected at Whalon Lake

A bridge was installed along the DuPage River Trail at Whalon Lake on September 27.

McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.

DuPage River Trail

The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center is located at 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, in Monee.

234-Year-Old Map Donated to Isle a la Cache Museum

This 1783 map depicts the region where the French fur trade took place.

Volunteer

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

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