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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.

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.

Let's Go Batty for #Batweek

Bat Week has arrived, which strives to raise awareness about more than 1,200 bat species worldwide and their pivotal role in nature.

Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.

'Woods Walk' Hiking Challenge In Full Swing

As fall approaches, so too does the Forest Preserve District's popular 'Woods Walk' program, which runs from September 1-November 30.

Five Things You Probably Don't Know About Bald Eagles

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


The forest preserves provide hikers and runners with beautiful trails throughout the county, making them convenient no matter where you live.

Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

Top 10 Trail Trips to Try

There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

Seeing coyotes in your neighborhood is not cause for alarm because these animals are common throughout all of Illinois. You can keep yourself and your pets safe from them by following some simple, common-sense precautions.

Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out

Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.

Hoot in the New Year

1/3/2020: Explore the secrets that our forests hold in the evening hours and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.

Creature Feature: The Striking Red-headed Woodpecker

With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.

Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

Here's How To Create A Healthy Bat Habitat in Your Yard — And Why You Should

Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.

Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

Red-tailed hawk strikes a pose to snare June photo contest win

A Lemont man's photo of a steely eyed hawk ready for action won June's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Holiday Nature Crafts

12/7/2019: Enjoy Christmas carols, hot chocolate and quality family time while creating personalized woodland decorations.

Joliet Resident's Fiery Sunset Wins September Portion of Photo Contest

September's winning photo in the Preserve the Moment photo contest features ominous clouds and silhouettes of the artificial nesting structures at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield.

Lake Renwick Preserve

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

'Only Owls' Art Exhibition Comes to Isle a la Cache Museum

The exhibition will run from November 5-December 29 and it features 40 pieces of owl-themed art in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut from the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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.

Turtle Hit by Car in Morris Lives on Through Hatchlings

Turtle hit by car in Morris lives on through surviving hatchlings that have been placed in a Blanding's turtle recovery program.

Meet Shirlee, Our New Blanding's Turtle Ambassador

With a new addition to the Blanding's turtle exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, the current crop of ambassador turtles will be getting a little help in educating the public on the plight of this state-endangered species.

Creature Feature: The Crafty Raccoon

Loved or reviled, the raccoon is one of the most common mammals in Illinois.

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.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Migratory Birds Know Where To Go?

Many birds travel hundreds if not thousands of miles twice each year during their migration with no map to guide them. How do they know what route to take?

Our Birds Are Disappearing; Here's How You Can Help

Our birds are disappearing at an alarming rate, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help save the birds.

Theodore Marsh

The 288-acre Theodore Marsh was acquired between 1994 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acre

Your Christmas Tree Could Have Up to 25,000 Bugs On It

If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.

Plum Creek Nature Center

Plum Creek Nature Center is located at 27064 S. Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road, in Crete Township near Beecher.

Quiz: How Sharp Are You When it Comes to Sandhill Cranes?

It's that time of year when you'll likely hear sandhill cranes overhead, and possibly see them. But do you know anything about them?

Monogamy Over Migration

Lovebird sandhill cranes along the Old Plank Road Trail weather winter together.

Hold the Boring Menu and Bring on the Bugs!

Looking for something new to tickle your palate? Try some barbecue, apple pie and sea salt flavored insects during the new 'Eat a Bug' program at Plum Creek Nature Center.

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.

Nature Curiosity: Why Don't Squirrels Throw Up?

Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.

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