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‘Woods Walk’ Exploration Program Returns

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

Woods Walk Travel Log

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

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.

Two birds in the bush win May's portion of photo contest

An action shot of cedar waxwings won May's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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.

Romeoville Man's Heron Photo Wins July Portion of Photo Contest

The bird with a funky Elvis-like hairdo was photographed resting on a branch at McKinley Woods by Romeoville resident Mark Hanna.

Enter Your Photos for August's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Will you be the one to snap the next award-winning shot in our incredibly popular photo contest?

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.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Enter Your Photos for September's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Will you be the one to snap the next award-winning shot in our incredibly popular photo contest?

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.

Canoeing/Kayaking

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

Wednesday Morning Walkers

9/26/2018: Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

A photo of a mink taken by Lemont resident Mike Daley is June's finalist in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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

Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

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.

Riverview Farmstead Tour

9/29/2018: Examine the inside of the 19th-century buildings and explore the grounds of the preserve.

Discounted dog park permits now on sale

Discounted half-year dog park permits went on sale July 1 and will be available through October 31.

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.

Volunteer Workday: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

10/02/18: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

Woods Walk

10/1/2018: Get out and get moving! It’s the return of 'Woods Walk'!

Woods Walk

11/1/2018: Get out and get moving! It’s the return of 'Woods Walk'!

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.

Lake Renwick Preserve

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center is located on Renwick Road, east of Route 30, in Plainfield.

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.

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.

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.

Riverview Farmstead Preserve

The 375-acre Riverview Farmstead Preserve was acquired between 1994 and 2012. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

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.

Fat Raccoon Tries to Climb Through Sewer Grate, and It Ended Exactly How You Thought It Would

Raccoons may be smart enough to solve an ancient Greek fable, but one chunky trash bandit wasn't smart enough to see there was no way it would fit through a sewer grate.

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.

Fishing

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

Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

Old Plank Road Trail

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

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