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2019 Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

The permits can be used at all of the Forest Preserve District's off-leash dog parks.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Woods Walk Travel Log

Woods Walk is back, and you can use this form to log your walks and receive a hiking medal.

Plum Valley Preserve Access Area and Dog Park is Now Open

Plum Valley Preserve access area and dog park also features a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 people.

Dog Exercising

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has six dog parks throughout the county. All parks provide fenced areas that allow dogs to run and play without a leash.

Beginning Birding for Kids

01/13/19: Learn key shapes, markings, habits and songs for our most common local birds, utilizing crafts, activities, sounds and hikes during this five-session program.

Hammel Woods – DuPage River 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.

Plum Creek Greenway Trail

The Plum Creek Greenway Trail travels 3.15 miles through Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

For National Bison Day, Five Fun Facts That Might Surprise You

What you don’t know about these scraggly-bearded giants might actually surprise you.


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

Frankfort Man’s Cannibalfly Close-Up Wins August Portion of Photo Contest

A close-up of a carnivorous cannibalfly crushed the photo contest competition in August.

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.

This Interactive Map Will Help Guide You to Fall Colors

If you're looking forward to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.


Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting activity that is growing in popularity, and is permitted in select Will County forest preserves.

Public Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

The latest path addition will stretch from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield.

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.

Spring Breeding Season Reminder: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is issuing a warning to would-be do-gooders.

Halloween Special: Six Creepy, Cool and Freaky Fungi

Today may be Halloween, but if you're looking for some nature-inspired horror shows at different times of year, all you have to do is look down while walking the trails.

Cork and Craft

12/01/18: Professional artist Crystal Simpelo, founder of Crystal's Canvas, will show you how to make 'art from the heart.'

Don't Miss the Deadline for October's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots before October's submission cutoff for our incredibly popular photo contest.

Lake Renwick Bikeway

The Lake Renwick Bikeway is a flat, paved linear and loop trail and travels 3.35 miles through wetland and around Budde Lake.

Get the Most Out of Summer by Subscribing to Revamped 'Citizen' Newsletter

The updated version of the free weekly online newsletter offers valuable information about Forest Preserve programs and events, as well as interesting features about nature and history, all in an easy to read format.

Kraske Preserve

The 3-acre Kraske Preserve was acquired in 1998. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Colvin Grove Preserve

The 175-acre Colvin Grove Preserve was acquired between 1991 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Harnessing the Wilderness

Bridges of all shapes and sizes are sprinkled throughout the Forest Preserve District of Will County. But a trio of trestles is noteworthy because of the history, location and design of each bridge.

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.

Lake Renwick bird viewing programs take flight in April

Bird viewing programs at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery will get underway in April now that the preserve's main entrance is closed to protect nesting birds.

DuPage River Trail segment linking Will and DuPage counties is now open

A new bicounty DuPage River Trail link provides a safer connection between Whalon Lake and Greene Valley Forest Preserve.

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.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

The Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment photo contest runs through December 31.

Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access

The Turtle Lake access is one of three at the the 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve, which was acquired between 1989 and 2010.

‘Woods Walk’ Exploration Program is in Full Swing

'Woods Walk' returns September 1 and features 10 trails to explore at your own pace this fall.

Heads Up 'Woods Walk' Participants: Goodenow Road Detour in Place

Construction wast of Route 1/394 means those visiting Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve for the "Woods Walk" program will need to follow detour signs.

Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A section of the Whalon Lake loop trail that was closed since September has reopened now that a water diversion channel project has been completed.

Police, Animal Control Rescue Coyote Stuck in Fence

The coyote will be treated for injuries to her forelegs and mouth and then released back into the wild.

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