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.
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.
Bat Week has arrived, which strives to raise awareness about more than 1,200 bat species worldwide and their pivotal role in nature.
Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.
As fall approaches, so too does the Forest Preserve District's popular 'Woods Walk' program, which runs from September 1-November 30.
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.
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.
There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.
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.
Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.
1/3/2020: Explore the secrets that our forests hold in the evening hours and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.
With its crimson cap and stunning black and white wings, the red-headed woodpecker is a beauty among birds.
Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.
A Lemont man's photo of a steely eyed hawk ready for action won June's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.
12/7/2019: Enjoy Christmas carols, hot chocolate and quality family time while creating personalized woodland decorations.
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 Heron Rookery Visitor Center is located on Renwick Road, east of Route 30, in Plainfield.
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.
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 surviving hatchlings that have been placed in a Blanding's turtle recovery program.
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.
Loved or reviled, the raccoon is one of the most common mammals in Illinois.
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.
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 at an alarming rate, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help save the birds.
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
If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.
Plum Creek Nature Center is located at 27064 S. Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road, in Crete Township near Beecher.
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?
Lovebird sandhill cranes along the Old Plank Road Trail weather winter together.
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.
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.
Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.